* Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford. (Larry, 24, a U Michigan grad, is considering the school; Sergey, 23, is assigned to show him around.) According to some accounts, they disagree about most everything during this first meeting.
* Larry and Sergey, now Stanford computer science grad students, begin collaborating on a search engine called BackRub.
* BackRub operates on Stanford servers for more than a year — eventually taking up too much bandwidth to suit the university.
* Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After some brainstorming, they go with Google — a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The use of the term reflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.