Google is one of the world's largest and best-known Internet search engines and the market leader in most countries. Google was developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin during their time as PhD students at Stanford University.
A precursor of Google started under the name BackRub. The domain google.com was registered on September 15, 1997 and less than a year later on September 4, 1998 Google was officially founded as a company. The unofficial slogan of Google is "Don`t be evil".
The company also finances itself through its products AdWords and Adsense, which enables context-sensitive advertising. Google went public in August 2004. Since then, the company has invested in a variety of other areas and created product offerings such as cloud computing and Google Pay as a digital payment system. In China, Google is blocked and not active. The market leader in China is Baidu.