Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s tech giant Google wasn’t always the second most valuable brand. Google, which was started in 1995 as a Stanford University Ph.D. research project has now become a $367 billion-dollar company.
Here are some amazing and surprising facts about google :
1- Back in 1995 Co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Lawrence Page met by coincidence
2- Google was originally named Backrub.
3- Google was being registered as “googol” but after a spelling mistake it was finally registered as Google.
4- A burning man stick figure was Google’s first doodle.
5- In September 1998, as a stereotypical Silicon Valley startup, the company’s first workspace was a rented garage.
6- Chef Charlie Ayers, a former caterer for The Grateful Dead was Google’s first chef.
7- In New York google began at a Starbucks on 86th street.
8- Swedish Chef is a language preference in Google search.
9- On April Fool’s day Google launched Gmail.
10- Around the Googleplex campus, Googlers ride colorful “gBikes”.
11- Youtube’s acquisition deal was done at Denny’s over mozzarella sticks.
12- All the leaders are in it for the long run. The trio of Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin agreed to work together for 20 years.
13- The initial days of google were not super glamorous.
14- The first instance of Google being used as a verb — “to Google” something — on television occurred during an Oct. 15, 2002, episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
15- Since the beginning of Google, it had a pet-friendly office.
16- Google speaks many languages. In 2000, the first 10 language versions of the site available were Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, and Danish.
17- In 2001, Google launched its image searched in a big way with 250 million images for users to use.
18- Google was valued as much as General Motors when it went public. It was valued at $27 billion after selling 19,605,052 shares of stock for $85 per share.
19- In 2006, Google gave Mountain View, the California town where its main headquarters is located free wifi.
20- Google uses a web tool called foobar to recruit new employees based on what they search for online