Google is incorporated, September 4, 1998
The founders met when Brin was assigned to give Page a tour of Stanford University, where they both became computer science grad students.
The original name for the search engine they collaborated on was BackRub, but they changed it to Google in 1997. The name is a play on "googol," which is the mathematical term for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. It represented the seemingly infinite amount of information they were trying to organize.
By December 1998, PC Magazine was recognizing Google as one of the "Top 100 Web Sites for 1998."
With its official mission statement "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" and unofficial slogan, "don't be evil” in hand from its start-up, Google has grown to be one of the largest and most recognizable companies in the world.
Developed originally as a page rank search engine, it has expanded to offer services and products like Gmail, Google Glass, Google Maps and Earth, Google Talk, Patent Search, Google Docs, and Chrome OS. The company now has presence in several technology spaces including: social media, laptops, tablets, autonomous vehicles, Android, smartphones, robotics, and renewable energy projects.
Its long list of acquisitions includes YouTube, and its May 2012 purchase of Motorola Mobility for $40 a share, a move to beef up its patent portfolio.
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Editor's note: This article was originally posted on September 4, 2012 and edited on September 4, 2017.