"The word "Google" plays an important role on the word googol, which was created by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Google's use of the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web. The company founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were not terribly affectionate of each other when they first met at Stanford University as graduate students in Computer Science in 1995. Their strong opinions and divergent viewpoints would eventually find common ground in a unique approach to solving one of computing biggest challenges: retrieving relevant information from a massive set of data. By January 1996, Larry and Sergey had begun collaboration on a search engine called BackRub, named for its unique ability to analyze the "back links" pointing to a given website. In 1997, this link analysis was earning BackRub a growing reputation among those who had seen it.
In 1998, the search for a buyer started; Larry and Sergey continued working to perfect their technology. Meanwhile, Sergey set up a business office, and the two began calling on potential partners who might want to license a search technology better than any then available. Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, was the one that took a look at their demo and he knew that Google will be a success. Sergey tells "We met him very early one morning on the porch of a Stanford faculty member's home in Palo Alto. We gave him a quick demo. He had to run off somewhere, so he said, instead' of us discussing all the details, why don't I just write you a check?" It was made out to Google Inc. and was for $100,000. But since there was no entity known as Google Inc. they had the check sit for a couple of weeks. Sergey scrambled to set up a corporation and locate other founders among family members and friends. After that happened, they bought in a total initial... [continues]
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