Google went from a simple webpage to an internet giant in 23 years

August 1996: Larry Page and Sergey Brin launches Goo… uh … BackRub

September 1998: Google goes official

June 2000: Yahoo concedes Google’s search solution is better

Summer 2002: Google rejects Yahoo’s offer to buy the company outright for $3 billion

April 1st, 2004: Google launches Gmail

April 29th, 2004: Google goes public

February 8th, 2005: Google launches Maps

July 2005: Google acquires Android — “Best deal ever”

October 9th, 2006: Google acquires YouTube

April 14th, 2007: Google acquires DoubleClick

October 22nd, 2008: the first Android phone launches

August 10th, 2015: Google restructures, becomes Alphabet Inc.

October 20th, 2016: Google ventures into hardware with the Pixel

January 30th, 2018: Google acquires HTC

December 18th, 2020: Google’s search dominance draws ire of US government

August 2, 2021: Google announces its own smartphone silicon

It’s safe to say that Google is probably not going anywhere anytime soon. This isn’t to say everything Google touches turns to gold. Google’s had its fair share of misfires. The rise of Google from a simple webpage to a digital giant we can’t live without in a little over two decades is nothing short of extraordinary. And if you look at, you’ll still see a seemingly simple and ordinary webpage.