According to Wikipedia.org, Google will turn ten years old on Sunday. The corporation was founded on September 7, 1998 by the now-famous duo of Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were students at Stanford University.
Quite a bit has changed for the company in the past ten years. For instance, the number of daily searches. According to the Google.com website, at the time of its official founding, Google was already receiving 10,000 search queries per day. That works out to around 416 searches per hour. My how Google has grown in ten years. The site now processes over 65 million worldwide searches per hour – according to a great Microsoft and Google comparison at the New York Times.
Revenue has seen a bit of growth as well. The company raised around $1 million to get started and if you remember the early days, they made no money. That’s right. Zero. That’s because they hadn’t yet thought up AdWords. So in ten years the revenues have grown from zero to an average revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters of $2.2 million. That’s $2.2 million per hour. Wow.
At the time of founding, Google had a staff of three. As of June 30th 2008, the company had grown to 19,604 employees. Each of them presumably getting free meals to boot!
In the past ten years Google has grown from a simple search engine to a sprawling empire with literally hundreds of products and services. You can see a complete list of everything Google has here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_products. While the company has entered into web page hosting and blogs, it has yet to announce a dedicated hosting product. Although it is a strong contender to enter into the grid computing arena.
The most recent of Google’s product additions came just a few days ago – the Chrome browser. According to recent published data, the Chrome browser had already gained 1 percent of the browser market share after just one day.
So happy tenth birthday to Google. It will be great to see what the next ten years at Google will bring!
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