Google is one of the biggest companies in the world. Founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, it has since become one of the most successful businesses. In terms of its value, it is presently estimated to be bigger than Apple. As of May 2016, the company was valued at about $498 billion, according to CNN. At the time, Apple was worth approximately $495 billion.
How It StartedGoogle currently specializes in online services, which range from advertising to computing software and hardware. It was started by two Stanford University Ph.D. students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in 1998. The two were close friends, and it was Brin's data mining program that helped start the search engine.
They started out small, using numerous cheap computers crammed in their dorm. Their search engine quickly became popular in the institution and within a short period, the two had to defer their studies to focus on their new venture. In September the same year, Google was incorporated as a privately-held company.
An Initial Public Offering of the corporation was undertaken in 2004. Presently, the search engine holds a 79.88 percent market share, with Microsoft's Bing coming in second at 9.9 percent. This is as reported by Search Engine Journal.