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.
Howard Cunningham, creator of wiki software and the world's first wiki web site (WikiWikiWeb), came up with the name after being told to take the 'Wiki Wiki Shuttle' at the Honolulu airport. "Wiki" means "quick" in Hawaiian. The first wiki site is still up and running at the server of his software consultancy firm, Cunningham & Cunningham. [more...]