Go buy Google a beer, because it’s finally big enough to be allowed to drink!
The world’s most popular search engine just celebrated its 21st birthday on Friday. Over the course of its lifetime, the tech giant has transformed itself from a simple startup into a tool anyone in the world will rely on when searching for information online, and then an episode. Giant troupe influences almost every aspect of everyday life.
Google has left many imprints in world popular culture, survived periods of severe economic crisis, and even created a verb by its name (don’t you believe it, Google. Try it!)
Here are memorable milestones through each of Google’s development.
Birth: Two “technology nerds” Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded a startup in December 1998, with an initial capital of US $ 100,000 in cash. The name Google is named after the programming industry term “googol”, which means a number 1 followed by 100 zeros. The duo then moved the startup office to the garage of friend Susan Wojcicki in Menlo Park, California. , and buy the domain name “google.com”.
Year 1: With more than 16 employees, the company quickly became too crowded to operate in the garage, resulting in a move to an actual office in Palo Alto, California, in 1999.
Year 2: No longer a fledgling company, Google quickly reached out to the world, becoming the largest search engine on the planet in 2000. They began advertising and expanding the site into a dozen more languages. Other, including French, German and Italian.
Year 3: The green dress became the symbol of Versace worn by J. Lo at the Grammy Awards that inspired the leaders of Google to create Image Search. A lot of people want to find information about the beautiful dress the pop queen wore at the time, and that is why Google created the image search engine in 2001 with a database of 250 million images.
Year 4: Google News officially appeared in 2002, helping users read the latest news and articles worldwide.
The two founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 2003
An Apple office in 2003
Google officially entered NASDAQ in 2004
Year 6: The company took a new big step when it officially became a public company with a stock value of only 85 USD / share in 2004 (on the 21st birthday, Google shares were 1,233 USD / share votes, which means you will earn $ 114,800 if you bought 100 shares in 2004).
Also in this year, on April Fool’s Day, Gmail launched as a free email service but required an invitation to register.
Year 7: Google Maps officially went live with a few minor bugs in 2005.
Year 8: The word “Google” officially became a verb in the Oxford English dictionary in June 2006.
That same year, Google executives got a handshake to acquire YouTube.com after a quick meal of cheese sticks at the Denny restaurant. ” We don’t want to meet in the office,” said YouTube co-founder Steven Chen. ” So we asked each other, ‘Where is one of us who wants to go?’ Gooogle officially acquired this famous video website for $ 1.65 less than a week later.
Year 9: In 2007, Google launched a fleet of cameras on the street in the launch event of Google Street View. The service allows users to view shops and street scenes, but raises a number of controversies about privacy.
Year 10: Google launched a minimalist, super-fast web browser called Chrome in 2008.
Sundar Pichai, vice president of Chrome, spoke at Google’s annual developer conference in 2012
A guy is trying on the lovely Google Glass
Year 12: Google began to face difficulties. Their first mobile phone, the Nexus One, hit shelves in 2010. But it didn’t match Apple’s iPhone in the end.
Year 15: Google launches Google Glass, a device with transparent glass that displays everything, from messages, to videos, and maps, in 2013. However, expensive technology items ( 1,500 USD) was not as popular as expected, and was eventually canceled by its creator.
18: Google launches a voice-activated smart speaker, Google Home – with the goal of competing with Amazon Alexa – in 2016.
19: The European Union (EU) heads Google with a record antitrust fine of $ 2.9 billion for allegedly intentionally prioritizing its shopping service in online search results. .
Year 21: The company celebrates its 21st birthday with colorful confetti on its homepage, and offers a 21% discount on European products.