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Google began in January 1996 as a research project by [Larry Page] and [Sergey Brin] when they were both [PhD] students at [Stanford University] in [California] . While conventional [search engine] s ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, the two theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships between websites. They called this new technology [PageRank] , where a website's relevance was determined by the number of pages, and the importance of those pages, that linked back to the original site. A small search engine called Rankdex was already exploring a similar strategy. Page and Brin originally nicknamed their new search engine "BackRub", because the system checked [backlinks] to estimate the importance of a site. Eventually, they changed the name to Google, originating from a misspelling of the word " [googol] ", the number one followed by one hundred zeros, which was meant to signify the amount of information the search engine was to handle. Originally, Google ran under the [Stanford University] website, with the domain . The domain was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998, at a friend's garage in [Menlo Park] , [California] .

Financing and initial public offering
The first funding for Google was an August 1998 contribution of from [Andy Bechtolsheim] , co-founder of [Sun Microsystems] , given before Google was even incorporated. On June 7, 1999, a $25 million round of funding was announced, with major investors including the [venture capital] firms [Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers] and [Sequoia Capital] .

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