Google is an amazing corporation. It employs over 30,000 people worldwide, has global offices and can literally be the reason why a company makes money or not due to its ranking algorithm. We rely on Google daily to inform us of anything we need to know. The company is so ubiquitous that the word ‘Google’ was added to all the world’s respected dictionaries as a verb in itself. Amazing facts about a company formed as recent as 1998 in the USA.
Google was founded by two college friends: Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both attending Stanford University in California. The initial start-up was actually in a garage they rented from the company’s future Head of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki.
The company has a major history of change and acquisitions since their inception. Since 2012, Google has spent an astounding $17 billion plus on acquisitions further emphasising the power of the corporation.
Eric Schmidt was appointed Chairman of Google in 2000 and the company made its first Initial Public Offering in August 2004 with a price of $85 per share. As at March 2014, the share price now stands at $1,158.72 which shows the phenomenal growth of the company.
This “Getting to Know Google” infographic charts the history of this important world corporation. It looks at the timeline of events, the people who make up Google, some interesting facts and looks at what is the possible future of the company.