Google.com back in 1998. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia.
Google, a multi-billion dollars American multinational corporation, was born 15 years ago today in Stanford University as part of a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google today does not need any sort of introduction. They’ve grown from a simple search engine to an umbrella of products and services including operating system, smartphones, social media, email services, cloud/data centers for businesses, location services, and what not. You name it, they’ve got it.
When Google was incorporated in September 1998, its official mission statement was, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”. Apart from this official mission statement, Google set an unofficial credo, “Don’t be evil.” This unofficial credo was explained a few years later in a letter more famously known as the Don’t Be Evil manifesto. It mentioned, “Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served — as shareholders and in all other ways — by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains.” On the other hand, many believe Google to be the biggest survillence tool in the world.
With the revenue of $50.18 billion, Google is dubbed is one of the most successful businesses in the history. In only 8 years, they moved their headquarters to Mountain View, California, a state-of-the-art, mind blowingly 3.1 million square feet building named as Googleplex. Their offices in general and headquarters in specific, has been labelled as the best places to work at.
Google has successfully attached itself and most of its services to every common person having access to the Internet. With future technologies like Google Glass and others, Google is telling the world that they still have lots to offer to this tech-hungry generation.