- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

Google, which Monday announced it’s reorganizing under a new parent company called “Alphabet,” is one of the biggest and best-known companies in Silicon Valley. Here are some highlights from the past 20 years.

1995: Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford University, where grad student Brin gives prospective student Page a tour.

1996: The pair beings working on a new search engine for the Internet, which evolves to become Google.

1998: Google incorporates and moves into Susan Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo Park, California.

1999: Page and Brin move their company to Mountain View, California, and hire the company’s first in-house chef to prepare meals for workers.

2001: Eric Schmidt is named CEO, with Page and Brin as presidents of products and technology.

2004: A few months after introducing Gmail, Google holds its first public stock offering.

2006: Google acquires YouTube for $1.6 billion.

2011: Larry Page becomes CEO, Schmidt becomes executive chairman.

2014: Google completes a controversial stock split that creates a new class of non-voting shares, cementing Page and Brin’s control as major voting stockholders.

2015: Page announces creation of new holding company, Alphabet, to include Google’s core business and other entities.

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