Google Celebrates 10th Birthday, Gives Away Money

Josh Catone
Josh Catone
The world’s most powerful brand is turning 10 years old this month, and Google today launched a web site to celebrate its first double digit birthday. The 10th birthday site, which is currently linked from the main page at, features an interactive time line detailing Google’s history. The time line, which is actually a visual representation of the milestones page from Google’s corporate information site, details the company’s history from Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s fortuitous meeting on the Stanford campus in 1995, to Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim’s initial $100,000 investment, through their 2004 IPO, and this July’s announcement that Google now recognizes over 1 trillion unique URLs. The site also gathers and links to all of the ten years out blog posts that Google published this month to celebrate its birthday, in which its top engineers and executives predict what the web might look like ten years from now. While none of the content is really new, the presentation is nice and it’s fun to scan through the time line. I definitely picked up some tidbits about Google’s history that I either didn’t know or had forgotten. Perhaps the bigger piece of Google’s birthday celebration, though, is the launch of Project 10100
. Project 10100 is “a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.” Google is committing $10 million to fund five ideas that its advisory panel and the public think will have the biggest impact on the world. Google is calling for idea submissions in eight categories including energy, environment, education, and health until October 20th. Google employees will then choose their favorite 100 ideas and the public will vote for the top twenty. An advisory board will then select the top 5 ideas sometime in early February of 2009. Google says it will evaluate ideas based on the following criteria:
  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?
The winning ideas will get some portion of the pledged $10 million (Google doesn’t say that each idea will get the same amount) and Google will decide which organizations or individuals are best suited to implement the idea. That’s likely not the person who submitted the winning suggestion, though — so, Project 10100 isn’t a way to get funding for your altruistic/non-profit idea. Why is Google doing it? According to them, they believe that “helping people is a good thing, and empowering people to help others is an even better thing.” Plus, they have to do something with all that money. (Cynicism aside, this is a really cool project.) Below is a video from Google explaining the project:

Frequently Asked Questions about Google’s 10th Birthday

What special events did Google hold for its 10th birthday?

Google celebrated its 10th birthday with a variety of special events and initiatives. One of the most notable was the launch of Project 10^100, a global call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Google committed to investing $10 million to implement these ideas. The company also marked the occasion with a special Google Doodle on its homepage.

What is Project 10^100?

Project 10^100 was a unique initiative launched by Google to celebrate its 10th birthday. The project invited people from around the world to submit their ideas for how to improve people’s lives. Google pledged to commit $10 million to implement the top ideas. The project aimed to harness the brainpower of the global community to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

How did Google’s services evolve by its 10th birthday?

By its 10th birthday, Google had evolved from a simple search engine to a multi-faceted technology company offering a wide range of services. These included Gmail, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Books, and the Android operating system. Google had also launched its own web browser, Chrome, and was developing its own mobile phone.

What was the special Google Doodle for its 10th birthday?

The Google Doodle for the company’s 10th birthday featured a playful image of a cake with the Google logo and the number 10. The cake was decorated with items representing various Google services, such as a map pin for Google Maps and an envelope for Gmail. The doodle was a fun and creative way to celebrate the milestone.

How has Google’s mission evolved over the years?

Google’s mission has always been to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Over the years, this mission has expanded to include a wide range of services and initiatives aimed at improving people’s lives. From developing innovative technologies to launching philanthropic projects like Project 10^100, Google has continually strived to use its resources to make a positive impact on the world.

What is the significance of Google’s 10th birthday?

Google’s 10th birthday marked a significant milestone for the company. It was a chance to reflect on the company’s achievements and growth over the past decade. From its humble beginnings as a search engine, Google had grown into a global technology powerhouse with a wide range of services and products.

How did Google Chrome change the internet browsing experience?

Google Chrome, launched just before Google’s 10th birthday, revolutionized the internet browsing experience with its speed, simplicity, and security. It introduced features like the Omnibox for both search and navigation, tabs that could be independently closed without crashing the entire browser, and incognito mode for private browsing.

What were some of the challenges Google faced in its first 10 years?

In its first decade, Google faced several challenges, including competition from other search engines, concerns over privacy and data security, and the need to continually innovate and stay ahead of technological advancements. Despite these challenges, Google managed to maintain its position as the world’s leading search engine and expand its services.

How did Google celebrate its 10th birthday with its employees?

While specific details about internal celebrations are not publicly available, Google is known for its fun and inclusive culture. It’s likely that the company marked its 10th birthday with special events and activities for its employees, in addition to the public initiatives like Project 10^100.

What were some of the most significant achievements of Google in its first 10 years?

Some of Google’s most significant achievements in its first decade include the launch of innovative services like Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Earth, the development of the Android operating system, the launch of the Chrome browser, and the initiation of ambitious projects like Google Books and Project 10^100.