Google Finally Becomes Incorporated - 9/4/1998

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On September 4th of 1998, Google filed for incorporation in the state of California.

Google is a company that specializes in internet related services and products. These include web browsers, operating systems, and commercial advertising. Most of Google's profits are derived from online advertising. Google eventually expanded its products and services beyond the realm of search engines. Now they have Google email, Google maps, Google translations, Google photos, Google instant messaging, and more. Google hardware products include the Android, the Chromebook, and the Chromebox. 

The success of Google can scarcely be measured. The company started as a tech startup trying to build a new search engine, and is now the biggest website on the internet. So big is the Google website that some people forget it's a website. So successful is the Google business that the word google eventually became an official word of the English language. Google is now a legitimate verb, meaning “to look something up online.” Alexa, a reliable web source for website performance stats, lists the Google website as the most visited website in the world. In other words, Google has an Alexa ranking of one.

The company was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two computer science graduates from Stanford University. In September of 1997, they registered the domain name It was a play on the word googol, a term referring to the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. Information on computers is binary, containing a limitless series of ones and zeros, which are “translated” into characters and images on your screen. You have to be a major computer geek to know this.

Google's first office was operated out of a friend's garage in Menlo Park, California, where another former Stanford student, Craig Silverstein, was hired as the company's first employee. Google's mission statement has always been “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Sometime in 1998, Page and Brin received $100,000 from an investor. This enabled Google, which already had eight employees, to get an office in Palo Alto, California. Palo Alto, located in Silicon Valley, is home to many successful high tech startups. In 2001, Google opened its first international office, located in Tokyo, Japan. That same year, Google received a patent for its PageRank mechanism. 

In 2004, as the company continued to grow, Google and its staff of 800 employees moved into the new headquarters in Mountain View, California. At the time, the company was valued at 23 billion USD. In 2006, Google purchased, a video sharing website, as well as blogger, and a number of other lucrative website businesses. In May of 2011, the number of unique visitors to Google's website in a single day surpassed one billion for the very first time. As of 2014, Google has an estimated worth of more than 390 million USD.

Today, Google products and services continue to dominate the field. The original Google search engine is searched more than 3 billion times a day. 

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