It's just 10 years ago that Google opened the doors of its Menlo Park offices, staffed by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and a single employee, Craig Silverstein, now Google's director of technology.
At that time, the search engine indexed about 30-million pages. Today, that's grown to more than 1-trillion pages, while Google is responsible for more than 60% of the Web searches around the world.
Google actually got started in January 1996, but it was called BackRub and was used almost exclusively by Stanford students.
The founders continued to work on their technology through the first half of 1998, buying 1Tb of disks and building their own computer housings in Page's dorm room.
They tried to licence the technology to other companies, without success, and decided to set up their own company around the technology.
Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, was the first investor and he made out his $100 000.00 cheque to Google, Inc – which meant Page and Brin had to scramble to set up a company by that name.
Google, still in beta, was already answering 10 000 search queries a day when the company opened its doors. Some lucky press attention helped the site to become well known and, by February 1999, it had to move to bigger offices.
The rest, as they say is history.