Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google as a company on 4th September 1998. The two students from Stanford University had developed a web search engine (a project of Larry Page) and had received a check for the initial funding in the name of “Google” even before the company was formed.
The famous smiley was designed by Harvey Ball in 1963 to boost the morale of employees of Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. Ball, who was then a freelance artist, was paid $45 for his creation. [more...]