Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world's information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including: Gmail. Maps YouTube and Google+, the company's extension into the social space. Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google's highly integrated online advertising platforms [AdWords] and [AdSense](/product/google-adsense). Google promotes the idea that advertising should be highly targeted and relevant to users thus providing them with a rich source of information. Google has also made strong moves into the web-based apps space with acquisition 2Web Technologies and Zenter presentations. The company has also made a splash with the acquisitions of YouTube DoubleClick and Feedburner. In 1996, Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page] famously started the search company in a Stanford dorm room. The two eventually moved the company to a Menlo Park garage, which the company quickly outgrew. Sun Microsystem founder Andy was the company's first investor with other notable investors.
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