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September 4 is the anniversary of the Incorporation of Google in 1998. This is taken from the google website, so it must be true, right?

Larry Page met Sergey Brin at Stanford, in 1995. Page, 22, was considering graduate school there and Sergey, 21, was assigned to show him around. According to some accounts, they disagree about almost everything during this first meeting. By 1996, Larry and Sergey, now Stanford computer science grad students, began collaborating on a search engine called BackRub. BackRub operated on the Stanford servers for more than a year—eventually taking up too much bandwidth to suit the university.

In 1997, Larry and Sergey decided that the BackRub search engine needed a new name. After some brainstorming, they went with Google, a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The use of the term reflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.

In August of 1998, Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a check for $100,000 to an entity that didn’t exist: a company called Google Inc. By September of that same year, Google had set up a workspace in Susan Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo Park. Google filed for incorporation in California on September 4, 1998. Shortly thereafter, Larry and Sergey open a bank account in the newly-established company’s name and deposit Andy Bechtolsheim’s check. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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