Google's philosophy combines what makes the success of Microsoft and Apple combined: Like Microsoft it takes on his own all the products that have success, but like Apple gives them an intuitive user interface. And it is characterized by free, products being financed by advertising.
At Mountain View, California, is the headquarters of the main Web company, the GooglePlex.
Google is not only a search engine, but also a multitude of services and mainly
the monetization of sites and blogs, but also technologies available to Webmasters.
Its objective is: "To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". With that well defined philosophy: "The work should be a challenge, and the challenge should be fun."
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google September 7, 1998 with more than a million
dollars of funds. They had previously registered the domain name on September
15, 1997. They were students at Stanford University and started the engine
as a research project in 1994. It was a program called BackRub who felt the
importance of sites by the number of links pointing on them. The first patent
on the PageRank was filed in September 2001.
The company would be called Googol, for a number of pages with 100 zeros, but the domain name was already in use.
The two students have offered to sell their technology between 1 and 1.6 million dollars to several search engines, Infoseek, Lycos, who saw no interest, and especially Excite, one of the major search engines at the time, with which there were many talks, but with no agreement on price, so they created their own site.
In early 1999, Page and Brin have had serious discussions with George Bell, the CEO who has rejected an offer to buy Google for $ 1 million. They then discussed with Vinod Khosla to Offer $ 750,000, also refused. Google is worth 170 billion in 2010.
Who remembers Excite?
The success of the search engine on competitors comes partly from the clean
home page, and partly from the PageRank algorithm, which was providing more
But the fortune of the company comes mainly from Adsense, its democratic advertising system allowing any website to earn income thanks to its contents.
In 2001, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Novell for 4 years, takes the direction of Google and stay here for 10 years.
On April 4, 2011 Larry Page, a cofounder of Google replaced Eric Schmidt as CEO. What has changed since then:
Steve Jobs had a mission, shortly before his death, to advise the leaders of other computer companies.
He advised Page to significantly reduce the number of products. Apple has little products, 5 products and its succeeds much.
The council was followed as that can be verified in the obituary of websites. Google has closed a number of sites and services.
Google products? Search, mail, mobile and netbook OS, social network, cartography, online apps (Docs), video, programming languages, file system, databases, news, mobile manufacturer, driverless car, augmented reality glasses, fiber.
Has Google changed with the new management? In a blog post intitled Why I left Google, a former employee explains Google is now a different company, focused mainly on revenues, without the desire to invent the future.
To each successful business on the web, Google is trying to oppose a similar service.
But there are also areas where it is Google the precursor: Maps, Earth. And where it is copied by Microsoft. Another success is Youtube, bought from another enterprise.
Google+ comes after Orkut and Buzz that failed.
For now, Paypal, Craiglist, Digg and Amazon are missing in the list of targets and the field of games where Microsoft is successful.
Investigation for abuse of dominant position has been launched by the Federal Trade Commission in July 2011.
These are many complaints from businesses that feel aggrieved by the practices of search engine that are the source of the survey, which reached the U.S. after the equivalent in Europe.
The main complaint about Google is it does not apply the same rules to its services as competing services, so they arrive at the top of the results whatever they do.
And as the company diversifies more and more, the malcontents are becoming more numerous.
In the worst case this could havelead to the dismantling of the company, but it 2013, this was solved with a fine.
In Europa Foundem and two other firms backed by Microsoft complained to the European Commission to have been removed from Google's search results. These are price comparison sites and Google decided to penalize those sites that only redirect on other sites. Google answered in a post.
New services are developed by Google Labs, others come from buyout, and then once acquired, almost all become free.
After Orkut and Buzz, Google tooks up the problem of the social network from a new angle, mimicking Facebook with improvements in Google+ and the result was very different. This alternative attempts to provide original services and is constantly growing.
Google entered the mobile market on January 5, 2009 with the Nexus One superphone, running Android 2.1, followed by Nexus S. Other devices are planned including a tablet running Chrome OS.
With the acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2012 it became smartphone manufacturer in its own right.