Larry Page

The CEO and Co-Creator of the world's most visited website ever, Google.

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Carl Page's PH.D.

1965 - 1996

Carl pursued a PH.D. 8 years before his son, Larry, was born. He earned the PH.D. at MSU, the first college his son went to.

Larry is Born

03/26/1973

His birth was eight years after his father got a PH.D. in computer science. That led Larry to have an obsession with computers too! Larry made a working inkjet printer when he was a child- out of LEGO bricks.

Solar Car Team

1993 - 1995

Larry was in the solar car team in his years of MSU(Michigan State University). He had to quit to go to Stanford, where he would meet his new partner, Sergey Brin.

Stanford with Sergey

07/14/1995 - 07/15/1995

Larry and Sergey meet at Stanford University, while Larry is thinking about going. Sergey was assigned to guide him around the school. They disagree about almost everything during this first meeting.

Carl's Death

1996

Larry's dad, Carl, dies. Even Sergey can't cheer Larry up.

BackRub

1996 - September 3, 1998

Larry and Sergey, now best friend grad students, invented BackRub, a search engine that almost always gave you the best, and most relevant results.

Google

1997 - 2013

Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After some brainstorming, they go with Google—a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Sun's Check

1998

Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writes a check for $100,000 to an entity that doesn’t exist yet: a company called Google Inc.

Garage Band

September, 1998 - February, 1999

Google sets up workspace in Susan Wojcicki’s garage at 232 Santa Margarita, Menlo Park

Yoshka, the Google Dog

April, 1999 - 2002

Yoshka, Google's first 'company dog comes to work with the vice president.

Charlie the Chef

November, 1999 - 2013

Charlie Ayers joins as Google’s first chef. He wins the job in a cook-off judged by the company’s 40 employees. Previous claim to fame: catering for the Grateful Dead.

April Hoax

04/01/2000 - 2013

Google's first hoax is formed as an april fools joke, the MentalPlex.

10 new languages

05/16/2000 - 2013

Google is now able to function in French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, and Danish.

Yahoo!

June, 2000 - 2013

We forge a partnership with Yahoo! to become their default search provider.

AdWords

October, 2000 - 2013

Google AdWords launches with 350 customers. The self-service ad program promises online activation with a credit card, keyword targeting and performance feedback.

Toolbars

December, 2000 - 2013

Google Toolbar comes out, so you don't need to type google in the URL box.

Live Long and Prosper

February, 2002 - 2013

Something that should have been another hoax, Klingon is added to the long line of searching languages.

Statues

April 1, 2002 - 2013

For April Fools’ Day, Google announces that pigeons power our search results.

GOOGLE!!!!

January, 2003 - 2004

The word Google is voted the most useful word of 2002.

Googlunaplex

April 1, 2004 - 2013

For April Fools’ we announce plans to open the Googlunaplex, a new research facility on the Moon.

Keyhole

October, 2004 - 2013

Google acquires Keyhole, which leads to the invention of Google Earth.

Google GULP!

April 1, 2005 - 2013

A lesser known hoax, For April Fools’, Google announced a magical beverage that makes its imbibers more intelligent, and therefore better capable of properly using search results. It was called Google Gulp beta. Ha.

iGoogle

May, 2005 - 2013

iGoogle is designed for people to customize their own Google homepage with content modules they choose.

Gmobile

December, 2005 - 2013

GMail is released on phones.

YouTube

2006 - 2013

Youtube is bought by Google.

Romance

April 1, 2006 - 2013

For April Fools’ Google unveils a new product, Google Romance: “Dating is a search problem.” A brand new hoax!

Doodle

November, 2006 - 2013

The first Doodle 4 Google is held in the UK.

Android

2007 - 2013

Rumors of a Gphone were confirmed with the Android.

Extra Busy

April 1, 2007 - 2013

This April Fools’ Day is extra busy: not only does Google introduce the Gmail Paper Archive and TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider)—Google loses (and finds) a real snake in our New York office!

Tour of France

July, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Google provides Street View for the entire 2008 Tour de France route—the first launch of Street View imagery in Europe.

Nexus

January, 2010

Google introduces Nexus One, an exemplar of what’s possible on mobile devices through Android, as well as a Google-hosted web store aimed at providing people with an easier way to buy a mobile phone.

Doodle page

December, 2010

Google unveils a new site to make it easy for you to browse our homepage doodles.

Google Earth 6.2

January, 2012

Google Earth 6.2 makes search improvements, adds a Google+ sharing tool and creates a seamless globe out of a previous patchwork of photographs.