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The Grand Success Story of Google. How Google became the World’s Biggest Internet Company?


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Welcome to Youth Motivator. I would like to tell you about Google, the company which now rules the world of internet.

Google has became a part and parcel of our daily lives and has changed our lives for good.
This article is the success story of Google and also the biography of Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Introduction-

Google was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and their invention had made our daily lives easier by manifold.

About Larry Page –

Larry Page is one of the world’s most innovative and influential entrepreneurs.
Larry Page was born to Carl Victor Page, Sr. and Gloria on March 26, 1973 in Lansing, Michigan, United States of America.

Both his parents were computer science professors in Michigan State University.
His father, Carl Victor Page, Sr. was an innovator in the fields of artificial intelligence and computer science; whereas his mother, Gloria used to teach computer programming.

Larry Page used to find many gadgets and magazines related to computers in his home.
As he was brought up in this environment, he eventually gained interest in the computers.

Larry Page was a very curious kid; he used to open up the gadgets to know its mechanism of working.

Once in an interview, he said that since his childhood he knew that one day he will grow up to become an entrepreneur and will invent something utile.

When Larry Page was of around 12 years of age, he decided to become a businessman in the future; this thought sparked him to learn about businesses.

Education-

Larry Page attended the Okemos Montessori School.

And he graduated in Computer engineering from the University of Michigan. Later, Larry Page did his post-graduation from the Stanford University and he also got enrolled for the PhD in the same university.

During his PhD, he met Sergey Brin at a research project.
Later, these two people together changed the face of the technology industry.

About Sergey Brin –

Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin was born on August 21, 1973 to Eugenia and Mikhail Brin in Moscow, Russia.

His father was a mathematics professor at University of Maryland and his mother was a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin chose World Wide Web as their research topic for their PhD study.

The birth of Google-

Sergey Brin and Larry Page worked hard for four years to develop an algorithm, which links all the websites on the internet.

Basically, Google was started with a mission to organise all the information in world and to make that collected information easily accessible to each and every one by using the power of technology.

They finally succeeded to develop this amazing algorithm on September 1996.
This algorithm was named as PageRank and was used to assign page ranks based on the popularity of the websites.

Their search engine listed the web results in order of their popularity, the most popular results showed at the top of the search results, because the most popular results will probably be the most useful results.

They initially named their search engine as BackRub, but later changed its name to Google, by misspelling googol.

As vast as an ocean-

Googol is a mathematical term which can be represented by placing number one followed by a hundred zeroes.

The main concept of their search engine was to provide as much data as possible to the users, so they wanted to name the search engine as googol, as googol indicates a very big number, which reflected their mission of developing a search engine, googol which displays a vast amount of data. But they misspelled it as Google.

Initially, Google was a part of the website of the Stanford University.
Finally, google.com domain name was registered on September 15, 1997.
And then, they raised one million dollars from their families, friends and the investors.

Starting in a garage-

On September 4, 1998 Google was founded in a garage of their friend by name, Susan Wojcicki in Menlo Park, California, USA.
Susan Wojcicki was the first employee of Google and currently she serves as the CEO of You Tube.

The rejections which made them billionaires-

During those times, Yahoo was a giant and almost each and every one relied on their search engine.
And at one time, the co-founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page offered Yahoo to sell the algorithms of Google for one million dollars.

Because they thought that it was too early for them to venture into business and instead they wanted to afford their full time and focus on their education at the Stanford University.

But Yahoo rejected their offer and this was the biggest mistake of Yahoo.

And for the second time, in the year 2002, Yahoo once again got a chance to acquire Google for a sum of five billion dollars.
But Yahoo wanted Google for three billion dollars.

So, Yahoo for the second time missed a golden chance.
After these rejections, Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to run Google on their own.
Now the net worth of Google is 739 billion dollars.

Yahoo has lost the search engine game to Google a very long time ago.
Now, on an average Google receives a whopping 63,000 searches per second.

The first funding-

The Google received its first funding of 1,00,000 dollars from the co-founder of the Sun Microsystems, Andy Bechtolsheim.

And in the year 1998, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com and David Cheriton, the professor of computer science at Harvard University also invested in Google.

 Never looking back again-

The eventual global success of Google can be attributed to its unique algorithm.
On 19th August 2004, Google’s held its first IPO (Initial public offering).
Luckily, this offering was a huge success and Google reaped huge investments.

This made Larry Page and Sergey Brin one of the youngest billionaires.
On September 2013, Larry Page was ranked as the thirteenth richest people in America in The Forbes 400 list.

During the same year in the month of October, Larry Page was the number 17th in the Forbes most powerful people list.
And by the age of 25 the co-founders of the Google became millionaires and they became billionaires at the age of 30.

And now Google is the biggest internet company in the world.

The biggest advertising company -

In addition to being a search engine, Google is also an advertising company.
And now, majority of its revenue (more than 70 per cent) is generated through advertising alone.

The great acquisitions of Google-

On April 2003, Google acquired Applied Semantics, a company which specialized in developing software related to online advertising.

The technology utilised in the Google AdSense technology is developed by Applied Semantics.
Google also acquired the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android on July 2005 for 50 million dollars.

Now, Android powers more than 87 per cent of the mobile devices across the world.
On 13 November 2006, Google brought YouTube, the world’s most favourite video platform for 1.65 billion dollars.

Google had also acquired AdMob on November 2009 for 750 million dollars.
The services of AdMob are used to display ads in the Google Play applications; this enables the developers of the applications and the Google to earn revenue.

Other great offerings-

The other great offerings from Google include Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Translate, Google Maps, Google AdSense, Google Ads, Google Docs and Blogger, etc.

On 10th August 2015, the co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced the creation of a new parent company, by name Alphabet Inc.

This came into effect from 2nd October 2015 and now Alphabet Inc.is the parent company of Google.
Larry Page is the former CEO of Alphabet Inc. and Sergey Brin is the former president of Alphabet Inc.
The current CEO of Alphabet Inc. is Sundar Pichai.

Now, Alphabets employs more than 98,771 people.
Alphabet has also developed autonomous, electric cars under the brand name Waymo.  
Google is headquartered at Mountain View, a city in California, USA.

Its headquarters is popularly known as Googleplex.

Becoming the richest persons-

Now, the net worth of the Larry Page is around 53.5 billion dollars, making him the eight richest person in the world.

And Sergey Brin is the ninth richest person in the world, with a net worth of around 52.1 billion dollars.

Philanthropy-

Google also runs a non-profit organisation, by name Google.org.
This organisation concentrates on developing renewable energies, reducing poverty and providing education to masses.

Well to conclude, it can be said that there are no shortcuts to success and Rome was not built in a day.
It took more than 4 long years for Larry Page and Sergey Brin to develop Google.
Now, Google is one of the world’s most successful companies.

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