If something is even remotely related to tech, Google's got a hand in it. Its headquarters in Mountain View, the Googleplex, is half-office, half-playground, but make no mistake: they work as hard as they play. Its employees are some of the best in their fields—creative types who push the envelope on what tech can accomplish.
Major Office Locations
Search Engine • Cloud Services • Hardware • Software • Apps • Machine Learning • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality • Artificial Intelligence
About the Company
Plenty of companies have seen their product’s name become a vernacular noun, but Google (and its services) has become a verb: i.e., “I googled it.” There may be other search engines and browsers, but Google has an enormous chunk of market share, holding 85 to 92 percent, utterly dominating the market. If there is a company that everyone uses, this is it.
Started as a Stanford University graduate student project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in the mid-1990s, its original name, “BackRub” (which the company now acknowledges was not a good choice), was changed to Google, a variation on “googol”—the number one followed by 100 zeroes—representing the number of choices the search engine would be giving you. Google Inc. officially launched in 1998, and expanded quickly after that, creating and releasing Google News in 2002, Gmail in 2004,...