V1Y1 tracks the Versions 1 and Years 1 of Tech Startups

Google History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Google?

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

When did design and development efforts start at Google?

Google started design and development efforts in January 1996.

When did Google purchase its domain name?

Google purchased the google.com domain name in September 1997.

When was Google incorporated?

Google incorporated as Google Technology Inc. in September 1998 and reincporated as Google Inc. in October 2002.

How much venture capital did Google raise?

Google raised $36 million USD in 5 rounds of funding.

When did Google go public?

Google started trading on the NASDAQ in August 2004.

Where was Google headquartered?

Google was/is headquartered in Mountain View, USA.

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What happened during the year 1 of Google?


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What was the version 1 of Google like?

MAR 1996

SEP 1998

What are some of the pre-IPO stats for Google?

1996 to 1999

2000 to 2003


What were some of the extra materials about Google?

SEP 98 Incorporation.pdf

1998 SEP Articles of Incorporation

1998 OCT Inside Google founders’ garage office 

OCT 2002 Incorporation.pdf

2002 OCT Articles of Incorporation

2002 MAY Larry Page on The Founding of Google

2001 JUL Larry Page on The Beginning of Google

2004 FEB Sergey Brin and Larry Page at TED

Form S-1.pdf

2004 APR Form S-1