From friendship to business partnerships, young Larry Page, 22, and Sergey Brin, 21, met in 1995 at Stanford University. The two young men had been working together on a search engine known as “BackRub” which ran on Standard University’s servers for over a year. The problem with the BackRub was it took up too much bandwidth space (amount of data that is carried from one point to another). Therefore, Page and Brin decided to come up with a solution by improving this search engine and changing the name to Google. In 1997, “Google.com” was registered and the name originated from the word “googol”. The word “googol” is mathematical terminology that represented the number one followed by 100 zeroes. Page and Brin planned on organizing unlimited amounts of information on the internet (Google, 2014). In the fall of 1998, Google filed incorporation in the state of California in which Page and Sergey opened a bank in the company’s name. Google’s first two investors were Andy Bechtolsheim and David Cheriton and they each invested $100,000 in September 1998. Andy Bechtolsheim was the first investor to write a check to "Google Inc." before Google Inc. was founded (Google, 2014).
Furthermore, Page and Brin set up their workspace on Santa Margarita Avenue in California. Their office was in Susan Wojcicki's garage, Wojcicki rented the garage to Page and Brin for $1,700 per month to assist her mortgage (Graham, 2007) . Wojcicki was the first female employee of Google and eventually she started working for Google Inc. However, the first employee of Google Inc. was Craig Silverstein who was a Computer Science graduate from Stanford University. Silverstein worked for Google for over 10 years and the team work between Page, Brin, Wojcicki and Silverstein led to the success. During that same year, Google was acknowledged for being the search engine of choice in the Top 100 Web Sites of 1998 (Google, 2014). Google is only 16 years old, yet listed as one of the top search engines.
Google Inc. is also a company that is mainly known for doing well in both human capital, and innovation.
Human capital refers to the measurement of economic value of employees’ skillfulness. The concept of human capital identifies that job performance can be improved if employers are willing to invest in employees (Investopedia, 2014). The concept of human capital also consists of providing employees with training, improving employee engagement, increasing efforts to maintain talent, and refining leadership development programs (The Conference Board, 2014). Google refers to human capital as People Operations in which upper management encourages employees to engage in team building and operational excellence. Google employees are encouraged to become active decision makers and participants in providing feedback ways to improve Google’s work environment. Google also tries to allow the employees freedom to try new things (Bock, 2011). Empowerment is a popular concept at...