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Google Inc. Google Logo
Traded as NASDAQ: GOOG
S&P 500 Component
Industry Internet, Computer software
Founded Menlo Park, California, U.S.
(September 4, 1998)
Founder(s) Sergey Brin, Larry Page
Headquarters Mountain View, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Larry Page
(Co-Founder & CEO)
Products See list of Google products.
Revenue increase US$ 37.905 billion (2011)
Operating income increase US$ 11.632 billion (2011)
Profit increase US$ 9.737 billion (2011)
Total assets increase US$ 72.574 billion (2011)
Total equity increase US$ 58.145 billion (2011)
Employees 33,077 (2012)
Subsidiaries AdMob, DoubleClick, On2 Technologies, Picnik, Zagat, YouTube, Motorola Mobility
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is an American multinational Internet and software corporation specialized in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. It hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products, and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were both attending Stanford University.
Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. At that time Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for 20 years, until the year 2024. The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and the company's unofficial slogan is "Don't be evil". In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Google's rapid growth since its incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core web search engine. The company offers online productivity software, such as the Gmail email service, the Google Docs office suite, and the Google+ social networking service. Google's products extend to the desktop as well, with applications such as the Google Chrome web browser, the Picasa photo organizing and editing software, and the Google Talk instant messaging application. Google leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, as well as the Google Chrome OS browser-only operating system, found on specialized laptops called Chromebooks.[/spoil][/b][/i][/u]