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Look at the donations by Intel and IBM, looks like they had some "excellent" support at that time, those boxes which were donated for free would be worth thousands of bucks now days.
I can't believe this was "The Google" in a small room, which now serves more than a billion queries a day, and spiders more than million pages a day!
The entire origin of Google [web.archive.org] is mostly a giant blank. Much of that blank space history will be rewritten before the IPO.
How much $$$ does Stanford get for having their name on the PageRank Patent?
Do Darpa and Nasa still having anything to do with Google?
Are the original sponsors of Google (IBM, Intel, Sun...etal) getting anything back for all their donatioins?
How could a pair of students working under the tutulage of Stanford, walk away with the Goldent Goose that was clearly built on other peoples systems?
Here is a better page: (especially the doc on dupe docs):