Founder of Google: Know about Larry Page and Sergey Brin

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Feb 2, 2022, 9:39

Google is an American company, most commonly known as a search engine. The founder of Google is the duo, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They started developing Google as a project at Stanford University to find files on the internet. They worked together at the school’s computer science graduate program. Their worldwide web went live on Stanford’s network in 1996, which was later shaped into a search engine named ‘Google’ and was launched on 4th September 1998. 

Some Interesting Facts About Google

  • Google was initially named BackRub as the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site.
  • The name was changed to Google, inspired by the word ‘Googol’, which meant ‘1’ followed by one hundred zeros. This name was picked to signify that the search engine was initiated to provide information in huge quantities.
  • The company has its headquarters in Mountain View, California.  
  • The domain was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company got incorporated on September 4th, 1998.
  • Larry and Sergey invented Google's PageRank algorithm together. 
  • In 2015 they created Alphabet, which includes Google, Nest, Calico and other entities.
  • The first employee hired by the google owners was Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford. 

Google Owners- Past, Present and Future

  • In 1996 August, Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University, developed PageRank and launched Google.
  • In 1999, Page and Brin tried to sell Google for $1 million, and then $750,000.
  • Google adopts the “Don’t Be Evil” slogan as its primary corporate value.
  • In 2001 August, Page gave up his CEO role to Eric Schmidt.
  • In 2002, Yahoo wanted to buy Google for $3 Billion, but Page and Brin do not agree.
  • In August 2004, Google goes public with a valuation of $27 billion as its founders created super-voting Class B shares.
  • In August 2005, Page bought Android for $50 million without informing Schmidt.
  • In October 2006, Susan Wojcicki, the 16th employee at Google, convinced Page and Brin to approve the acquisition of YouTube.
  • In September 2008, Google launched Chrome Browser with the precedent efforts of Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of Google.
  • In January 2011, Page took over all over again as Google CEO, and Schmidt shifted to Executive Chairman post.
  • In June 2012, Brin showcased the Google glass prototype with a live skydiving demo.
  • In the same year, Page suffers from vocal cord paralysis.
  • In May 2013, Page disclosed his vision for Google Island.
  • In August 2015, Google was restructured as ‘Alphabet.’ 
  • In 2016, after handing over the control of Google to Pichai, Page diverted his attention to investing in ‘Flying Cars.’
  • Even Brin stepped down from his role at Google proper since the time he became the president of ‘Alphabet.’
  • In 2019, both Brin and Page announced their plans to step back from Alphabet and appointed Pichai as CEO
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FAQs about Founder of Google

  • Where is Google-based?

Google is an American multinational technology company based in California in the United States.

  • Who is the real owner of Google?

The real owner of Google is Larry Page, but both Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded it. Together they own about 14% of its publicly-listed shares and control 56% of the stockholder voting power through super-voting stock. 

  • Who is the co-founder of Google?

The co-founder of Google is Sergey Brin.