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December 6, 2013

The First Google Team in 1999

Some time after the domain was registered by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 15, 1997 but well before its current status as a conglomerate with 60,000 employees and a $500,000,000,000 market cap valuation, someone snapped this photo of the first Google team in front of a nondescript building. Photo dated 1999.

The first Google team in 1999.

Working for a startup has its risks, but certainly also its rewards. This is the case of the co-founders and early employees of Google, who after joining the company between 1998 and 1999 helped transform Google into the giant it is today.

Very few of those who were part of that initial team are still working for the company today. Those who do have positions of high responsibility, and those who have not converted continue to work in many cases as managers of other large companies. Being at the right time and place (in addition to their individual talent, of course) had its reward.


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