The history of Google goes back to 1995, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University, California. They were both graduate students in computer science and in 1996, they began working on developing a new search engine. Their aim was to develop software that would help people find files and information on the Internet based on the keywords that they submit.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to start a company, but they did not have much money and they built a server network using cheap, used, and borrowed personal computers. They were looking for some financial support and wanted to sell part of their business, but nobody was interested in their product. Thus, they decided to keep working on it and look for financing to improve the product.
The young computer scientists called their new search engine BackRub. However, they decided to change it to Google. The new name was inspired by the term ‘googol’ – a number 1 followed by 100 zeros. It was supposed to represent the huge amount of information that the search engine had to filter in order to find the right results.
Even though search engines have been around since the beginning of the Internet, Google turned out to be much better than other search engines, and soon it became the main destination for finding information on the World Wide Web. In fact, it became so popular that ‘to google something’ has become a verb, referring to searching for information on the Internet, even when using other search engines.
Today, people perform over 3.5 billion searches a day using google.com, which is the most visited website and one of the most valuable brands in the world.
Apart from the search engine, the company introduced a variety of products, including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and a web browser called Chrome. It also bought YouTube and Blogger.com. Today it is owned by a parent company called Alphabet. Larry Page and Sergey Brin own about 14 percent of Google’s shares – which makes them incredibly rich people.