Google turns 17, after being born as an academic project in a garage

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From data searches to the possibility of moving from one place to another without driving, Google, which is part of the litter of companies born from the heads of university students in a garage in California, meets this Sunday September 27 17 years of innovation different segments of technology.

In 1996, a search engine called BackRub was developed. The company, based in Mountain View, California, United States, was born as an academic project of students Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University.

Page and Brin began in 1996 the development of a search engine called BackRub to determine the importance of specific web pages; however, the university stopped using it because it required too much bandwidth. Thus, on September 15, 1997, the domain Google.com was registered, using in its name a word game based on the mathematical term “gúgol” (the number one followed by 100 zeros), which reflects the goal of Larry and Sergey for organizing a seemingly infinite amount of information on the Web.

For the firm, 1998 was an important year due to a deposit of one hundred thousand dollars by the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Andy Bechtolsheim, for the then little-known Google Inc. With these resources, the firm was able to start with the procedures for the constitution of society, that same year were born doodles that today add up to around two thousand and whose designs have been headed by artists like Lorie Loeb, Wayne Thiebaud, Christoph Niemann and Eric Carle, among many others.

Changes The entrance of the millennium brought important changes to the world of technology and the development of it was dizzying, and Google entered into that whirlpool. Since its formation, the technology company implements innovative tools. Thus, it launched the first versions of Google.com in ten languages: German, Danish, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish, currently the service of Search is available in more than 150 languages.

In July 2001 Google Images was announced, which initially offered access to 250 million images. Since its formation, the technology company implements tools and 2002 was no exception, which launched tools such as AdWords and Google News. The latter began with four thousand news sources, but currently includes more than 50 thousand sources and has 70 regional editions in different languages. In 2003 came tools such as Blogguer, AdSense (a segmented advertising service), as well as Google Grants and Google Books.

In August 2004 the company, in addition to launching gmail, debuted on Wall Street with an initial public offering of 19 thousand 605 million 052 Class A ordinary shares with an opening price of 85 dollars per share. As a recognition of the corporate policy that allows employees to carry out a job defined as creative and meaningful, in 2007 Google topped the list of the 100 best companies to work published by Fortune magazine.

In May of the same year, the launch of Street View in Google Maps was announced in five cities in the United States: Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Currently, Street View can travel the streets of more than 50 countries. . For the first month of 2010 was presented Nexus One, the first cell phone of the company, since then the line of Nexus devices has been expanded and today includes tablets and phones.

Commitments As part of its commitment to the environment Google performs actions such as renting a herd of goats to cut the grass and reduce the risk of fire without producing carbon dioxide emissions on the land surrounding its headquarters.

Great is not enough It has also launched large-scale commitments such as the $ 200 million investment for a wind farm in West Texas that produces enough clean energy to generate more than two gigawatts (GW), the equivalent to supply energy to public elementary schools in New York, Wyoming and Oregon for one year.

In the first days of August of this year he created the company Alphabet, which groups independently the companies that were part of Google Inc, such as Calico, Nest, Ventures, Capital and the Google X development laboratory. In this way Alphabet will replace to Google Inc.

as the publicly traded entity, and Google’s shares will automatically be converted into an equal number of Alphabet shares, with the same rights.

Under the premise “Genial is not enough”, the company believes that being good at something is only the starting point, but not the goal. “Because we are convinced that the efforts to achieve them can lead us to obtain better results than expected.” Through innovation and perseverance, we hope to start from what works well.

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