Google virtual tour of Larry Page, Sergey Brin’s 1998 garag…


Wojcicki even took a security deposit from the two computer scientists, who had previously been working out of their Stanford dorm rooms on the algorithm that would power Google’s search engine.

Page and Brin moved into the garage in September 1998, a month after they received a $100,000 investment from Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. Later that year, Google picked up more investment money, including from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who met the pair through an Amazon employee and eventually invested a reported $1 million in the startup. (Bezos’ initial stake in the company would be worth nearly $4 billion today, based on Google’s current stock price.)

By March 1999, Page and Brin moved Google into actual offices in Palo Alto. That year, the company reported $220,000 in annual revenue — a number that grew to nearly $1 billion by 2003. That same year, Google leased an office complex in Mountain View, California, which is now the site of the “Googleplex,” the company’s 2 million square-foot headquarters, which houses over 20,000 employees. Page is now CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, while Brin is president.

Along with the virtual look at Google’s humble beginnings, the company is also celebrating its birthday with other fun features like a new animated Google Doodle on its homepage and an interactive graphic showing some of the most popular Google searches of the past 20 years and other interesting tidbits. (Fyi: “Orlando Bloom was the most searched actor of 2003 and 2004.”

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