When Larry Met Sergey: The Evolution of Google from Grad School to $150 Billion Company

by Knowlton Thomas | Research

Google is a tremendous success story in technology—two young guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, realized the potential of the internet and capitalized on it by creating the world's best search engine. But even though hundreds of millions of people use Google's products—which include the handy Maps feature and Android mobile devices—daily, few really know the story behind the company.

Victoria-based Greg Voakes, an audience development specialist, has created an interactive graphic titled "When Larry Met Sergey" that brilliantly highlights the lives of Google's co-founders. Each year, you can see what Larry and Sergey were up to, plus some neat statistics, including the growth of web users, revenue, and employees.

For example, in 2000, Google has 361,000,000 users and 40 employees. Just a year later, users grew to more than 500,000,000 and headcount exploded to 250. That year, Google earned about $7 million; in 2002, that number would skyrocket to nearly $100 million.

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Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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