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Friday, March 2, 2007
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Here's a look back at some stops along the way as Google rose to the status of Internet giant. Among the milestones are the founders of Google, stock price changes, annual revenue, number of employees, key hires and key developments.

FOUNDERS

Larry Page

Sergey Brin

Co-founders Larry Page, president of Products, and Sergey Brin, president of Technology, brought Google to life in September 1998. They met in the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where they worked together on the project that became Google.

STOCK PRICES

$85 per share -- Aug. 19, 2004

$201.60 per share -- 2004*

$446.21 per share -- 2005*

$513 per share -- 2006*

* 52-week high

REVENUES

$86 million -- 2001

$439 million -- 2002

$1.4 billion -- 2003

$3.1 billion -- 2004

$6.1 billion -- 2005

$9.3 billion -- 2006

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

3 -- 1998

8 -- 1999

60 -- 2000

** -- 2001

** -- 2002

1,628 -- 2003

3,021 -- 2004

5,680 -- 2005

9,378 -- 2006

** Unavailable

KEY HIRES

Laszlo Bock, vice president of people

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Ivan Ernest, HR leader, engineering and operations

Stacy Sullivan, chief cultural officer

Shona Brown, vice president of business operations

Craig Silverstein, director of technology

Omid Kordestani, vice president of business development and sales

Urs Hölzle, vice president of engineering

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

1999 -- Red Hat, whose open-source operating system is called Linux, becomes first commercial search customer.

2000 -- Partnership with Yahoo! leads to 18 million user queries answered daily.

2001 -- Dr. Eric Schmidt, former Novell chief and Sun Microsystems CTO, named CEO.

2002 -- America Online calls Google ?the reigning champ of online search.?

2003 -- Groundbreaking AdSense program offers Web sites of all sizes a way to easily generate revenue through placement of highly targeted ads adjacent to their content.

2004 -- Google files with the SEC for an initial public offering.

2005 -- Google Earth technology enables users to click on satellite photos and zoom into specific locations.

2006 -- Google acquires YouTube, a major online destination whose users view more than 70 million videos daily.

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