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The Mountain View, Calif.-based company bought the 1,900-square-foot home in nearby Menlo Park from one of its own employees, Susan Wojcicki, who had agreed to lease her garage for $1,700 per month because she wanted help paying the mortgage.
Google Buys The Garage That Launched The Company [boston.com]
$1700 a month for a garage... That's a bad a real estate market.
That's the Bay Area for you, and one of the reasons I got out. $4-5k a month is typical for a 2,000 sq. foot home in a declining neighborhood.
Congrats to Google - that is awesome to get the place where it all started. Hopefully there isn't a meth lab next door. :-)
The busloads of people who show up to take pictures of the garage have become such an annoyance that Google asked The Associated Press not to publish the property's address...
Google asked The Associated Press not to publish the property's address
The HP garage is at 367 Addison Ave btw (I guess Google is mimicing their purchase)
and the Apple garage is 15 minutes away at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos.
[edited by: amznVibe at 5:10 pm (utc) on Oct. 2, 2006]
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Why is this on the front page? This doesn't help me and it doesn't seem like particularly important news.
I wasn't aware that everything on WebmasterWorld was here just to help you! I happen to appreciate historical information of all sorts and believe that Google and its founding location is of historical import.
Google is historically important whether you'd like to believe it or not. A hundred years from now, I would dare to say that the names Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be in the history books alongside photos of their "garage" just as you see pictures of Henry Ford with his model T [time.com]
For me, the most meaningful aspect of the story is that Esther was known for her very unique style of teaching, which was basically to treat students as adults and let them manage the newspaper on their own. She was one of my favorite teachers for that, and has since gone on to win some fairly prestigious awards. Her teaching style is much like Google's mgmt style in terms of trusting that employees/students, if given direction, a fair amount of creative license, and if treated as adults, will produce great results.