Long before "Google" became both a noun and a verb, put Mountain View on the (proverbial) map, and became one of the wealthiest and most powerful companies on the planet, there were two young fellows named Larry and Sergey that met at Stanford University in 1995.
The in-between parts are the subject of the entertaining and informative interactive graphic below. Created by OnlinePhD.org, it gives a brief story on Google's adventures since its inception; interesting tidbits and factoids; and the running total of Google users, employees, and net income over the years.
Even if you fancy yourself well-versed in Google lore, it's worth a read.
Source: Online PhD