Now, the company is celebrating its 21st birthday, not to mention that it is now a technology empire, but in fact when it started, it was very insignificant and even alien to many people.
Sergei Brin and Larry Page met for the first time in 1995, and it was clear that they had not made a good start at first. Brin, 21, was a sophomore at Stanford. Page, 22, had just graduated from the University of Michigan. "I think he hates it," Page said of Brin in a 2005 media interview. "he's very stubborn about things, and I think I am, too."
Brin is a math genius, but he has never completely settled down on a task, but he was attracted by Page's BackRub project and decided to participate. "I've talked to a lot of research groups about the most exciting project," Brin said of his actions.
Subsequently, they succeeded in developing an algorithm called PageRank, which can analyze backlinks and rank web pages according to their importance and popularity. All they have to do is provide the system with a URL and wait for it to return to a list of web pages, the most important of which is at the top. It wasn't until then that they realized what they had created: a more accurate Internet search engine than AltaVista.
In August 1996, Page and Brin released the first version of their new development tool to Stanford University students, which was very popular once it was launched. They borrowed bits and pieces from computer departments at Stanford University and turned Page's dormitory into a laboratory and Brin's bedroom into an office because they didn't have enough money to buy computer resources to maintain the fast-expanding system.
Surprisingly, by the autumn of 1996, BackRub had grown to the point where it often caused Stanford University Internet connections to be interrupted. However, the two boys were not under too much pressure.
Despite their success, Page and Brin were initially reluctant to start their own businesses. Peggy's father, a professor, died in his first year at Stanford University. It is reported that Peggy intends to complete her doctorate in the name of her father. Brin also admitted that he was reluctant to leave the safe environment on campus.
But Brin's mentor advised him to change his mind, so Brin decided to give it a try.
It is somewhat frustrating that the exact name of the company is not very clear. Google's website just explained that it was a joke on the word googol.
What's left is a history you're all too familiar with: the google.com domain name was finally registered on September 15, 1997, and the company hired its first employee (Craig Silverstein) in September 1998 and applied for its first patent a year later. After running a garage in Menlo Park and an office building in Palo Alto for some time, the company finally settled in Mountain View City in 2003 and has remained there ever since.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is currently valued at $862 billion (as of September 26, 2019).