Google Company History Essay

THE HISTORY OF GOOGLE

The internet is one (if not) the biggest fastest forms of communication we use in this world. It's used to connect people to one another from any point on the earth. The internet also consist of a large number of search engine. Each search engine can look up and find about anything you are looking for. One of the biggest search engines today is google.

Google is a play on the word googol. Googol was coined by a man named Milton Sirotta. Milton Sirotta was the nephew of an American mathematician Edward Kasner and James Newman. The word googol means the number represented by the number one followed by a hundred zeros. Google used that term because the internet seems to have infinite amount of information, and there doesn't seem to be a name more suitable.

The two founders of google are Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They both were graduate students at Stanford university in computer science in 1995. During the month of January of 1996 Larry Page and Sergey Brin began working on a search engine they named Backrub. They used this name because of its ability to analyze the back links pointing to a given website. Larry Page took on the task of creating a new kind of internet server source that would use low-end PCs instead of the big expensive machines.

Both Larry Page and Sergey Brin kept working to make their technology as perfect as they could for the first half of 1998. They purchased a terabyte of disks at low bargain prices. They built their own computer center in Larry's Page's dorm room. The computer center in Pages room actually later became google's first data center. While working on that Brin had opened to find potential partners that might want to license a search technology better than any other available.

One of the potential partners they called was a friend of there's (who is the founder of yahoo) David Filo. Filo agreed that Page and Brin had technology that was very solid. He advised Page and Brin to develop there service themselves by starting a search engine company. No other potential partners were interested in google. A portal CEO told Page and Brin "as long as were 80 percent as good as our competitors, that's good enough. Our users don't really core about search.

Although Page and Brin were unable to interest the major portal players, they decided to go at it alone. All they needed was more money out of the dorm, and to clear up unpaid credit cards they used up by buying a terabyte of memory.

One day Page and Brin came across Andy Bechtolsheim. Bechtolsheim is one of the founders of sun Microsystems. He took one look at the demo of google (Page and Brin had created) and he knew it had a lot of potential. At the time Bechtolsheim was in a rush, so since he liked what he saw he wrote Page and Brin a check for one thousand dollars. Unfortunately since there was no legal company know as "google inc." they couldn't deposit the check. They held on to it while they scrambled to set up a corporation. While looking for funding there total investment was almost one million dollars.

On September 7, 1998, google inc. opened google inc. first home. It was a space attached to a friends garage. They hired there first employee there. Craig Silverstein was the first employee hired and was named googles director of technology.

Google.com (still in beta) was growing and was answering 10,000 search queries each day. The media began to notice the new search engine and by December of 1998 PC magazine named google one of its top 100 web sites and search engines. The more the media noticed google the more it moved up in the world.

By feburary of 1999 google had grown substantially larger and had to move from its small home Menlo Park. Google inc. moved to an office on university avenue in Palo Alto. At this point google inc. had eight employees, and the service was answering more than five hundred thousand queries per day. Now that google was growing more company's became interested in the service. Red hat signed on as google's first commercial search customer.

Google had begun to encounter gridlock so they alleviated the problem with a move to the googleplex. That's googles current headquarters in mount vice, California. Both aol and nestscape decided on google aas there web search service. By doing so aol and nestscape helped push traffic levels post three million searches per day. Google continuously kept growing. Google went international when Italian Portal Virgilo, Virgin net, and the Uk's leading online entertainment guide signed on as a client. The growth of google bought in awards like the technical excellence award for innovation in web application development from PC magazine and inclusion in several best of list.

At the googleplex, they foster a relaxed mood which promotes a positive work drive. TLC googleplex office has things such as large rubber exercise balls in place of chairs, large dogs, and open space opposed to cubicals. Moreover the googleplex parking lot were used to roller hockey games twice a week.

The people at googleplex believe that a relaxed work environment

fosters an accelerated exchange of ideas and collegiality. Some of google's improvements include the google dictionary and the ability to search via wireless devices. Also, google has made itself more marketable by introducing ten language versions. Googles accomplishments are beginning to fill their mantle. Google was awarded the webby award and a people's voice award for technical achievement in May 2000. After introducing a billion page index. Google became the world's largest search engine. This billion page index allows so much of the webs content to be accessed in a searchable format.

On June 26, google and yahoo announced a new partnership. Moreover, partnership deals were announced with china's leading portal Netease and NEC's BIGLOBE portal in Japan. Both added google to their sites.

On June 26 google and yahoo announced to the world that the two server giants started a partnership. After that partnership was bought out, in the following months numerous partnerships with google were announced with companys like: netscape and nec's biglobe (which portals in japan).

In late 2000 google enhanced user's power by allowing users to search anywhere on the web. Google helped enhance this by introducing the google toolbar. At the conclusion of 2000 google was handling over a hundred million search queries a day. That still wasn't

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Google Company Analysis

Google, a company founded less than twenty years ago by two Californian university students in a garage, has become a multinational multi-media monolith. Initially an internet-based search engine funded by advertising revenue it has acquired a 65% market share, employs 55,000 workers and has assets of $70billion. 

The company’s development has been exponential and its the founders now own such substantial stakes in it that they can afford to pay themselves annual salaries of $1. The company’s impact on the accessibility of knowledge and consequentially on the world economy and culture is what makes it unique and arguably rivals the combined influence of the East India Company, Lloyds of London, the Henry Ford Motor Corporation, and the legendary institutions which have shaped the modern era. Google has not only changed the way we work, behave and think, but, according to some distinguished biochemists, its impact on the education of the e-literate, digital generation, will inevitably influence the development of the human brain. If 10,000 hours of application make a professional musician, what will result from this level of interface with the virtual world? No single technological or economic phenomenon has had a comparable effect since the Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press five hundred years ago.

Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and by implication to freedom and prosperity, and ethically committed to progress, Google’s ambitions are as infinite as its eponymous logo. Environmentally aware, user friendly, widely seen as an ideal employer and a model for commercial enterprise, with the Googleplex headquarters full of exercise machines, health food and corporate informality, the popularity of the company with its devotees and young professionals is born out by innumerable surveys. Google’s insistence on its employees devoting 20% of their time to pursue their own lines of innovation must be the most remarkable industrial adventure in the history of management. 

But the company’s viral expansion into e-publishing, social networking, three-dimensional mapping, publicity, email, translation, wireless money transfer, mobile phones, blogging, citizens’ journalism, videos, news services and indeed every aspect of the digital world has not been without substantial controversy. There are doubts about data disclosure, political funding, discriminatory algorithms, monopolistic asset acquisition, antitrust violation, tax avoidance, copyright disputes, involvement in alleged international security risks. The costs are high. Google, one billion clicks per day, is  our interface with reality.  Is Google now too omnipotent to be left to geeks?

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