For many internet users, Google is often the first choice when trying to navigate the web.
But how did it become what it is today?
It started with Stanford graduate student Larry Page, who was looking for a topic for his dissertation. He was interested in the mathematical aspect of the internet, and so he developed an algorithm for searching web-pages.
Previously, search engines would show users results based on how often the search term appeared on the web page, which was very inefficient and did not always yield the most relevant results.
Larry's algorithm determined the relevance of the page by looking at the number of links embedded in the site's HTML and by outside links to the page, similar to how academic writing is evaluated.
Soon, the search engine found success both within Stanford and with the general public.
Google quickly gained a reputation for being stable, cheap, and yielding better results than its competitors. It gained publicity and traffic very quickly, eventually expanding to what it is today.
After a successful presentation to a venture capitalist, Google received an investment of $100,000, which would not be it's last.