THG Thankful Thursday
Today we are thankful for Google. I don’t know about everyone else but I use Google multiple times a day, whether or not I am looking up a word I didn’t know, a new restaurant in town or a recipe I want to try. Google also does a exceptional job of keeping the public informed, educated and knowledgeable. Today for example, they changed their logo to the image of Mary G Ross. Before today and clicking on the image I would have never known that Mary Gold Ross was the first known Native American engineer. She was employed by Lockheed Corporation and did preliminary design concepts for interplanetary space travel, manned and unmanned earth-orbiting flights, the earliest studies of orbiting satellites for both defense and civilian purposes. Thanks Google.
Google’s mission statement is to “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” I’d say they hit the nail on the head. Since the beginning, their goals have been to develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible. Not just for some. For everyone. Google does a wonderful and amazing job of using its company to benefit not just the nation but the world. They believe everyone deserves the chance to learn, succeed and be heard; and Google works to give everyone that opportunity.
Google was created by Larry Page and Serget Brin after they met at Stanford in 1995. In their dorm rooms they built a search engine that used links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web; little bit of trivia, this first version was named Backrub. They re-named and Google was born, the name was a play on the mathematical expression for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros and aptly reflected Larry and Sergey’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” In 1998 they moved from the dorms to a garage, brought their server made of Lego, adopted their brightly colored surroundings and introduced their first company dog, Yoshka.
Today Google headquarters is located in Moutain View, California and is nicknamed “The Googleplex.” Today, Google has more than 60,000 employees in 50 different countries, they makes hundreds of products used by billions of people across the globe, from YouTube and Android and, of course, Google Search. Although they ditched the Lego servers and added just a few more company dogs, their passion for building technology for everyone has stayed with them. From the dorm room, to the garage, and to this THG Thankful Thursday.