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Saturday, March 6, 2010

About Google

Google primarily provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of tools and platforms including its more popular products: Gmail, Maps and YouTube. Most of its Web-based products are free because Google makes its money from highly integrated online advertising through its AdWords and AdSense platforms. Google promotes the idea that advertising should be highly targeted and relevant to users thus providing them with a rich source of information. 

Google has also made strong moves into the web-based apps space with acquisitions including Jotspot (documents), 2Web Technologies (spreadsheets) and Zenter (presentations). They have also made huge splashes with the acquisitions of YouTube, DoubleClick and Feedburner

In 1996, Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page famously started the search company in a Stanford dorm room. The two eventually moved the company to a Menlo Park garage, which the company quickly outgrew. Sun Microsystems founder Andy Bechtolsheim was the company’s first investor with other notable investors including Ron Conway, John Doerr, Mike Moritz and Ram Shriram.

Eric Schmidt is the CEO and Chairman. 

Major Search competitors include Yahoo, Microsoft and Ask.


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    Google acquired Picnik. (3/1/10)
    Posted 3/1/10 at 6:46pm

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    Google acquired reMail. (2/17/10)
    Posted 2/17/10 at 2:14pm

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    Google acquired Aardvark for $50M. (2/11/10)
    Posted 2/11/10 at 10:07am

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    Google added Jill Hazelbaker as Director of Corporate Communication. (1/12/10)
    Posted 1/12/10 at 2:09pm

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    Google added Joseph Smarr as Engineer. (1/10)
    Posted 12/18/09 at 12:32pm

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    Google acquired DocVerse for $25M. (12/5/09)
    Posted 12/20/09 at 8:05pm

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    Google acquired AppJet. (12/4/09)
    Posted 12/4/09 at 2:39pm

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    Google acquired Teracent. (11/23/09)
    Posted 11/23/09 at 9:45am

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    Google acquired Gizmo5 for $30M. (11/9/09)
    Posted 11/9/09 at 1:26pm

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    Google acquired AdMob for $750M. (11/9/09)
    Posted 11/9/09 at 1:26pm

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    Google added Don Dodge as Developer Evangelist. (11/09)
    Posted 11/15/09 at 8:05pm

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    Google — iLike and LaLa music services to be integrated into Google to stream song directly from search. iLike was acquired by MySpace in August 2009 (10/21/09) 81
    Posted 10/21/09 at 9:16am

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    Google acquired reCAPTCHA. (9/16/09)
    Posted 9/21/09 at 4:09am

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    Google acquired On2 Technologies for $107M. (8/5/09)
    Posted 8/5/09 at 10:02am

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    Google — Google sells its stake in AOL back to Time Warner for about 1/4 of what it paid for it in 2006. (7/27/09) 82
    Posted 7/27/09 at 3:19pm

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    Google invested in 23andMe. (6/18/09)
    Posted 6/18/09 at 3:45pm