Google, in full Google LLC formerly Google Inc. (1998–2017), American search engine company, founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, is a subsidiary of the holding company Alphabet Inc. More than 70 percent of worldwide online search requests are handled by Google, placing it at the heart of most Internet users’ experience.
Google’s broad product portfolio and size make it one of the top four influential companies in the high-tech marketplace, along with Apple, IBM, and Microsoft.
Most search engines simply returned a list of Web sites ranked by how often a search phrase appeared on them.
In mid-1998 Brin and Page began receiving outside financing (one of their first investors was Andy Bechtolsheim, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Inc.).
That growth only continued: by the end of 2011 Google was handling some three billion searches per day.
The company’s name became so ubiquitous that it entered the lexicon as a verb: to google became a common expression for searching the Internet.