GOOGLE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 20 YEARS
1995: Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford University, where grad student Brin gives prospective student Page a tour.
1996: The pair beings working on a new search engine for the internet, which evolves to become Google.
1998: Google incorporates and moves into Susan Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo Park, California.
1999: Page and Brin move their company to Mountain View, California, and hire the company’s first in-house chef to prepare meals for workers.
2001: Eric Schmidt is named CEO, with Page and Brin as presidents of products and technology.
2004: A few months after introducing Gmail, Google holds its first public stock offering.
2006: Google acquires YouTube for $US1.6 billion ($A2.16 billion).
2011: Larry Page becomes CEO, Schmidt becomes executive chairman.
2014: Google completes a controversial stock split that creates a new class of non-voting shares, cementing Page and Brin’s control as major voting stockholders.
2015: Page announces creation of new holding company, Alphabet, to include Google’s core business and other entities.