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by Mike Zazaian October 2, 2006 - 10:26am, No Comments

The garage where it all started

While now headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Google has purchased the garage that it called home before it became the largest search engine in the world.

Located in Menlo Park, California, the garage belonged to Susan Wojcicki, who knew Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin one of her friends had dated the latter. In 1998 Brin and Page began renting out the garage for $1,700 per month as to have a locale for their flourishing Google business. Wojcicki said she agreed to the deal because she needed help with her mortgage.

After leasing the garage for five months, however, Wojcicki terminated the agreement due a brash of frozen pizzas that mysteriously disappeared from her freezer.

When the company started out Brin and Page had raised just over $1 million from investors. Now, eight years later, Google has a market value of over $125 billion with $10 billion in cash.

Even prior to Google’s purchase of it, the garage the Google built has attracted literally bus loads of tourists wanting to see where it all started. The slew of gawkers has become such a nuisance in the residential neighborhood that Google asked the Associated Press not to publish the address. Ironically, with a quick Google search, that information is far from out of reach.

[via Yahoo News]