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Google LLC has earned its place among the Big Four technological companies through its various specialized services and products. These are related to the internet and the technologies surrounding it and also include computer software (Android mobile operating system, etc) and computer hardware (including AI and VR systems). Advertising through search keywords is where Google generates most of its income from and other services also include cloud computing, enterprise services and Google Wallet for wireless payments. 

Founded 21 years ago, ranks as the most visited website worldwide and some of its other services like YouTube and Blogger are in the top 100 visited websites.

Who are the founders of

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the founders of Google and started it off in 1996 as a research project while they were PhD students at Stanford University, California. Their aim was to improve the way search engines ranked results by applying an algorithm that analyzed the relationship among websites, rather than counting the amount of times that searches appeared on a page. The algorithm determined the websites relevance by page numbers and back links to the original site. 

 Page’s idea for the search engine was originally called PageRank and the two founders had invaluable help from Scott Hassan, who wrote most of the code and Alan Steremberg, who according to the founders was also critical to Google’s development. 

The team wanted to rename the page and they chose a name that signified the huge amounts of information that the page would handle. They chose “googol”, which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, but because of a misspelling it ended up as Google and its domain name was registered in September 1997. 

Where are the headquarters of Google?

When Google was first registered and later incorporated the following year, it was based in a garage in Menlo Park, California. The garage belonged to their friend Susan Wojcicki and the company’s first employee was Craig Silverstein, a fellow student. 

At its very beginning, the first funding that Google received was from Andy Bechtolsheim of Sun Microsystems, but after they were incorporated they managed to raise their first million from family, friends and three angel investors which included Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. With that money they opened up their original shop in Menlo Park, California. 

The investments continued to come in from venture capital firms and in 1999, Google moved to Palo Alto, California, where a lot of technology start-ups are based. The company soon outgrew two further locations before moving to Mountain View, California. 

Today, Google’s headquarters are situated at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, the property which they initially leased and then bought for $319 million. The corporate headquarters of the company is known as Googleplex and this is where Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc is also based. 

Google is now a word so commonly used that it has been added as a verb in two major English language dictionaries with the meaning “to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet. 

With a presence in 50 countries, Google has 78 offices and as of December 2018, employs 98,771 people. 

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