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1999 Video of Larry & Sergey at Google's TGIF Meeting

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, April 28, 2011
12 years ago7,399 views

<< Google is a massive company today — burdened by corporate politics, layers of management, and countless legal battles — and it’s sometimes easy to forget its more humble beginnings just over a decade ago, when it wasn’t all that different from the startups we write about every day on TechCrunch.

But in the video [below] we get to jump back to December 1999 to witness a Google all-hands meeting led by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when the startup had fewer than 60 employees. After some new employee introductions the meeting shifts to a birthday celebration — there’s silly string, singing, and an overwhelming sense that everyone there is just happy (or will be as soon as they get their cake)...

If you’re familiar with Google’s history you’ll spot plenty of familiar faces, including Craig Silverstein (Google’s first employee), current YouTube head Salar Kamangar, and a young Paul Buchheit (I think). >>

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