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A Brief History of Google

Google’s history started back in1995, when Sergey Brin and Larry Page first began collaborating on the technology that would become the foundation of their search engine.  By 1996 Sergey and Larry created ‘BackRub’ which was the precursor to Google.  After putting their studies on hold, on September 7, 1998 Google became incorporated and moved to its first office. Their first office was a garage in Menlo Park, California with their four employees.

Interesting Facts about Google:
  • Google's original name was BackRub, in reference to its backlinks algorithm used to rank sites in the search results.
  • Andy Bechtolsheim, Google's first investor gave the company a $100,000 check a full month before it was incorporated by Brin and Page.
  • The company's name comes from the word "googol," a mathematical term for ten to the hundredth power (10^100).
    • e.g.: 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
  • The term "google" officially became a verb in 2006, when it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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