Google, as a corporation, turns 15-years-old this month. How is that even possible?
It’s difficult to remember a time before Google. It just seems like it has always been there, but in reality the company has existed as a corporation for 15 years, and you look at how Google looked in 1998, and it’s just mind boggling what it grew in to. Back then would you have ever thought, “You know, this is a company that in a decade and a half will be turning us into cyborgs, making cars drive themselves and trying to map the entire planet?” I was around for the beginning of Google and I can honestly say that none of those ideas even came close to entering my mind.
The television ad I selected for this post was the first one to appear and dates from 2005. Does anyone else find it amusing that it’s a Palm One being used as the phone here? Talk about the old guard meeting the new guard. Eight years later and one of them is a distant memory and the other one nearly rules the world.
Where will Google be in another 15 years? Who knows. Could some upstart be incorporating right now that will usurp the company that has become a verb? Lets keep our eyes open and see what happens.