Google was founded as a research project in January 1998, by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD students at Standford University in California. It was primarily called “Backrub”. The domain name was registered on September 15, 1997.
Together, the founders hold 14 percent of Google’s shares and have control over 56 percent of the stockholder voting power. Google was incorporated primarily as a private company on September 4, 1998. It’s first office was in the garage of a friend Susan Wojcick in Mento Park, California. It’s first employee was a fellow PhD student at Stanford. Google received money from three angel investors in 1998, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, David Clinton, a computer scientist and professor of Stanford University, entrepreneur Reim Shraim and some other venture capitalist firms.
The Initial Public Offering (IPO) began on August 19, 2004 – Both founders along side Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for twenty years until the year 2024.
In 2011, Google received a patent for its Page Rank mechanism. The patent was officially assigned to Stanford University and lists Lawrence Page as the inventors.
In 2015, google announced that it would reorganize it’s various interests as a conglomerate, called Alphabet Inc. Google is the lead subsidiary and umbrella company of Alphabet Inc.
Larry Page was the CEO of the google until 2015 when he was replaced by India’s Sundai Pichai.
Google’s mission statement is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” and it’s unofficial slogan is “Do the right thing”.