Google Inc.
Type Public
Founded Menlo Park, California
Founder Sergey M. Brin
Lawrence E. Page
Headquarters Flag of the United States Googleplex, Mountain View, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Eric E. Schmidt
Sergey M. Brin

Lawrence E. Page
Industry Internet, Computer software
Products See list of Google products
Revenue 31.3% $ 21.796 billion
Operating income 30.4% $ 6.632 billion
Net income .6% $ 4.227 billion
Total assets $ 31.768 billion
Total equity $ 28.239 billion
Employees 19,786 - June 2009

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were students at Stanford University and the company was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. The initial public offering took place on August 19, 2004, raising $1.67 billion, implying a value for the entire corporation of $23 billion. Google has continued its growth through a series of new product developments, acquisitions, and partnerships. Environmentalism, philanthropy and positive employee relations have been important tenets during the growth of Google. The company has been identified multiple times as Fortune Magazine's #1 Best Place to Work, and as the most powerful brand in the world .

Google's mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". The unofficial company slogan, coined by former employee and Gmail's first engineer Paul Buchheit, is "Don't be evil". Criticism of Google includes concerns regarding the privacy of personal information, copyright, and censorship.

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