Google: Happy Tenth Anniversary--Now What?
Ten years ago, when there were far fewer websites than there are today, a couple of guys living in Stanford's Escondido Village got the idea to create an easy-to-use, searchable directory so friends and family could easily find the net's newest, coolest destinations.
"For a little while, we had our main office in Sergey's dorm room, one of our founders, our machine room was in Larry's dorm, the other founder, and eventually, we found space for us, and space for our machines out of Stanford in the house of a friend of ours," remembers Craig Silverstein, who holds the distinction of being Google's employee #1.
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin drove their roommates crazy, crowding them out with computers and servers, the noise from all the equipment so loud that the two would ultimately be forced to leave those rooms and into the spacious confines of a nearby Menlo Park garage owned by friend Susan Wojcicki. Google was born, as www.google.stanford.edu, and it was on the move.