The Original Google Was An Internet Pizza Delivery Service

Feb 18, 2013 • 8:08 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Pizza DeliveryRick Klau of Google Ventures posted a video from Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin speech he gave last fall at Google Ventures CEO Summit.

He explained a story that most people do not know, how Google really got started.

Sergey said that they had an idea to make it easier for people to order pizza from local pizza stores using the Internet. In short, find a bunch of local pizza stores, get their fax numbers and send in an order via an internet to fax service. They coded up the program and it sent the fax and after a couple hours, no delivery came. So Sergey called to see if the pizza store got the order and they said, "let me check the fax machine." At that point, Sergey decided to move onto new ideas.

Here is the video:

Just amazing how things happen in this world.

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Image credit to BigStockPhoto for pizza delivery boy

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Praveen Sharma

02/18/2013 01:45 pm

From Pizza Delivery to Query Results Delivery... amazing journey.

Michael Merritt

02/18/2013 03:02 pm

It was a good idea. They were just early by like 6 or 7 years, and then using the wrong technology.

Na Raot

02/18/2013 03:11 pm

It was a good idea.


02/18/2013 06:43 pm

Not a terrible idea Poorly executed...

Matt Roney

02/18/2013 06:51 pm

Fax or no, it still sounds easier and more intuitive than most pizza order forms.

Gregory Smith

02/18/2013 07:13 pm

This is such an amazing post. I didn't know this. This is absolutely amazing...

Sanket Patel

02/19/2013 07:04 am

It's really very interesting idea..

Dario Petkovic

02/19/2013 09:30 pm

That wasn't a very good idea to start with IMO however there are plenty of very good ideas out there that many don't succeed which is a little scary. Good product/idea/service doesn't guarantee success unfortunately.

Dhwanish Dave

02/20/2013 04:49 am

Very Nice Video and article too,I am totally Impressed by Sergey brin.

Dario Petkovic

02/23/2013 03:33 am

Isn't he glad about that! ps. Not all good ideas see the light of day nor win over not so good ideas (think VHS over Beta)

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