I think Google turns seven today. I recently ran across an email from our second birthday in 2000. Here it is:
From: Matt Cutts
To: (most Googlers)
Date: Thu 9/7/00 9:51pm
In celebration of Google’s two year anniversary of September 7, 1998, there’s a bunch of donuts tonight in the Soul Calibur room.
Matt, Lxxxx, and Dxxx
Krispy Kreme had just opened a store up in Mountain View barely three minutes from Google. Before that, you had to drive to Union City to get your donut fix. So three of us made a donut run and got 2-3 boxes of hot glazed goodness. The email was sent out at 10 pm because a bunch of us were working late. Back then, everyone was in one small building. The biggest room served as a conference room, and in the corner was a TV and a Sega Dreamcast. I’m sure it could play other games, but you only saw people playing Soul Calibur back then, so people called it the Soul Calibur room.
This morning as I walked in I passed a large meeting room. The “Lxxxx” from the email above was teaching an orientation class to a new group of engineers. I watched him for a minute and saw new engineers soaking up Google infrastructure and Google culture at the same time. It energizes me to see great new people join Google and start pushing to make the web and the world better from their perspective.
The past several years have been something to see, from Raging Search to Scientology to Deja and everything else. When I look back, the wild thing is that I’m more excited about Google now than I was back then. I get to work with amazing people on things that I think will improve the web. I’m honored and grateful to work with the people I work with because they’re so damn smart, capable, and they care about what they’re doing. Happy B-day, Google.