Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Power of Google and it's origin

Whenever we see this image, we know this is very powerful. Google is a phenomenon and used by many people around the world. It has good service that everyone loves to use. It has many features, very modern, very high tech and a lot more. But where does Google originate? Google originated when Larry Page and Sergey Brin met each other at Stanford University as students of Computer Science. They had different viewpoints but common interests. Together they tried solving the biggest problem of that time: - how to retrieve relevant data from the large sea of data floating on the internet. To tackle this problem they started working together in 1996 on a search engine "BackRub" named so due to its ability to analyze the "back links" which point to a given website. While brainstorming for a new name for the search engine Sean Anderson, his fellow student, suggested "googolplex" and Larry shortened it to "googol". Sean made a search on the net for the availability whether the name was available or had already been registered. Sean spelt the word wrongly and searched for which was available. The name struck a note with Larry and he registered for himself and Sergey. Before the search engine used the domain using the Stanford University website. On September 14, 1997 the domain was registered and on September 7, 1998 the company was incorporated as "Google Inc.". "Googol" which was supposed to be the name of the search engine is the mathematical term for "a 1 followed by 100 zeros". Larry and Sean decided on "googol" as it reflected company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the net.

The story of how "Google Inc" came into existence is really interesting. Larry and Sergey spend a lot of cash on buying memory disks for storing data. They needed money to pay off their bills and get a place of their own as they were still operating from their dorm. After being refused by their friend and founder of Yahoo! David Filo for funds they talked to Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founder members of Sun Microsystems. He looked at the demo of Google and immediately realized the potential it had. As Andy was in a hurry he simply made a check for $ 100,000 in the name of "Google Inc". At that time "Google Inc" did not exist so to realize the check they collected more funds and started "Google Inc." with around $ 1 million starting investment.

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