Over a quarter of a century ago, two students envisioned an internet search engine in a Stanford University dorm that would organize and prioritize web pages. That brainstorming session between Larry Page and Sergey Brin led to the birth of “BackRub,” a startup that eventually metamorphosed into the tech behemoth we know today: Google. With its vast array of products, including Gmail and Search, Google now touches the lives of billions, placing its founders among the world’s wealthiest.
Google’s Silver Jubilee
Although Google Inc. was officially founded on September 4, the tech giant has traditionally marked its birthday on September 27 with distinct doodles gracing its homepage. But for its 25th year, Google took a nostalgic route. The day’s Doodle featured an animated GIF displaying ‘Google’ evolving through numerous design transformations, eventually culminating in ‘G25gle’. In its celebratory blog post, Google expressed, “While we’re future-focused, birthdays are a time for reflection. Let’s journey back to our inception 25 years ago.”
The Journey Ahead
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, then Stanford University computer science students, were united by an ambition to simplify web navigation. Their determination gave rise to an innovative search engine prototype. Progressing steadily, they eventually shifted operations to a rented garage. On September 27, 1998, Google Inc. formally came into existence.
Despite the transformative journey since its establishment, Google’s core mission persists: “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Expressing gratitude to its global user base, Google’s message resonated with optimism for the future: “Thanks for evolving with us over 25 years. Together, let’s embrace what lies ahead.”
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, took a moment last month to reminisce about the company’s pivotal role in the digital revolution. Reflecting on Google’s voyage, he extended his appreciation to users, collaborators, and Googlers past and present for their indispensable role in the company’s trajectory.