Google is a multinational corporation, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, that specializes in Internet-related services and products including search, cloud computing, online advertising technologies and software.
Google’s declared mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” In 2006, Google established headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Google’s products include Google search, Google Images, Google Video, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Google Earth, Gmail, Google Drive, Google+, Google Apps, Google Translate, Google News, Google Fiber, Google Maps, and others.
In November 2006, Google acquired video-sharing site, YouTube for $1.65 billion; in April 2007, it acquired DoubleClick for $3.1 billion and GrandCentral for $50 million; in 2010, Google acquired Aardvark for $50 million, Global IP Solutions, and AdMob; in 2011, it acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion; in 2012, it acquired Quickoffice; and in 2013, Channel Intelligence and Waze.
Eric Schmidt was Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011, at which time Larry Page replaced Schmidt who stayed on as chairman. As of 2009, Google was estimated to run more than 1 million servers in data centers around the world and to process over 1 billion search requests.