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Google is the World’s largest search engine.. It gets 150 million queries per day and gives the answers within 30 seconds. It was started by two Stanford University students Sergey Brin and Larry Page in the year 1997.

Sergi Brin's parents were Russian immigrants; he was six when the family moved to the United States. His father became a professor of math at the University of Maryland, and Sergey Brin graduated from the same university  with honors in computer science. He took his masters degree from Stanford University and then continued to do his P.hd. There he met Larry Page, another Doctorate student. Larry Page was born into a non-practicing Jewish family in Lansing, Michigan. His parents were computer science professors at Michigan State University. When Larry page came to Stanford University for the first time, it was Sergey Brin who was asked to show the campus to him and thus they became good friends.  Initially They seemed to disagree on most subjects. But after spending time together, they "became intellectual soul-mates and close friends."

In 1996, they crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive  computers and developed a search engine called BackRub.  The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their Ph.D studies to start up Google in a rented garage. They collected some money  from faculty members, family and friends, to buy some servers and rent that famous garage in 1998. The next step was to find potential partners who might want to license their search technology, a technology that worked better than any available at the time. Among the contacts was David Filo, a friend and Yahoo! founder. Filo encouraged the two to grow the service themselves by starting a search engine company.. The name  google was chosen from the word “googol” a mathematical term

Unable to secure the financial support of the major portal players of the day,  Page and Brin decided to start their own. They wrote a business plan, and searched for an investor. They first approached Andy Bechtolsheim, founder of Sun Microsystems, and friend of a Stanford faculty member. Impressed with their plans, Bechtolsheim wrote a check to Google Inc. for $100,000

Their first employee was hired--Craig Silverstein, who later became Google's Director of Technology. By this time, Google .com was answering 10,000 search queries a day. Articles about the new Web site with relevant search results appeared in USA Today and Le Monde. In December, PC Magazine named Google to its list of Top 100 Web Sites and Search Engines for 1998

With the number of queries growing to 500,000 a day, and the number of employees growing to eight, Google moved its offices to University Avenue in Palo Alto in February 1999. With interest in the company growing as well and Google's commitment to running its servers on the Linux open source operating system, Google signed on with RedHat, its first commercial customer.

By early June, Google had secured $25 million in equity funding from two leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley: Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Buyers. Staff members from the two investors joined Google's board of directors. Joining as new employees were Omid Kordestani from Netscape, who became Google's Vice President of Business Development and Sales; and UC Santa Barbara's Urs Hölzle, who became Google's Vice President of Engineering. Having again outgrown their work space, the company moved to the Googleplex, their current headquarters in Mountain View, California

Google continued to expand in many ways. AOL/Netscape selected Google as its Web search service, helping push daily traffic levels to over 3 million. The Italian portal Virgilio and the UK's leading online entertainment guide, Virgin Net, signed on as well. PC Magazine awarded Google its Technical Excellence Award for Innovation in Web Application Development and included it in several of its "Best of" lists. Time magazine named Google to its Top Ten Best Cybertech list for 1999.

Improvements to the search engine itself came in the introduction of the Google Directory, which was based on Netscape's Open Directory Project, and the ability to search via wireless devices. Thinking globally, Google also introduced ten language versions for search users

In May 2000 Google received a Webby award for Best Technical Achievement for 2000 and a People's Voice Award for Technical Achievement. The following month, Google introduced its billion-page index and, with 18 million search queries per day, officially became the world's largest search engine.

Dr. Eric Schmidt joined Google in May as chairman of the board of directors and would eventually become CEO. Schmidt had previously served as chairman and CEO of Novell and CTO of Sun Microsystems

By the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2001, Google announced an achievement that had eluded many other online companies: profitability. With the appointment of Schmidt as new CEO, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin became President, Products and President, Technology, respectively. Google was awarded another Webby, this time for the new Best Practices category

Brin's mother, Eugenia, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. In 2008, he decided to donate a large sum to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where his mother is being treated. Brin used the services of 23AndMe and discovered that although Parkinson's is generally not hereditary, both he and his mother possess a mutation of the LRRK2 gene that puts the likelihood of his developing Parkinson's in later years between 20 and 80%

According to the 2007 edition of Forbes, Page had an estimated net worth of $16.6 Billion, placing him and Sergey Brin at rank 26 on Forbes's list of the richest persons in the world. They recently purchased a Qantas Boeing 767 airliner for business and personal needs.

Page married Lucinda Southworth at Richard Branson's Caribbean island, Necker Island, on December 8, 2007.Brin and Page are the executive producers of the film, Broken Arrows. In 2004

The Google headquarters, the Googleplex, is located in Mountain View, California. As of March 31, 2009 (2009 -03-31)[update], the company has 19,786 full-time employees. Google net income was 4.25 billion last year

In 2004, Google formed a not for-profit philanthropic wing,, with a start-up fund of $1 billion.The express mission of the organization is to create awareness about climate change, global public health, and global poverty. Gmail,. Google group, and you tube are some of the facilities from google incorporation. Google search engine has made our life simpler and day by day they are adding more and more features.



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