There most probably isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t heard of Google. What is more, the term “google” has become a synonymous to “search”. Today Google is one of the biggest multinational corporations worth billions of dollars but back in the 1990s there were bigger forces in the online world.
Back in 1999 Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were willing to sell to Excite, one of the original Internet portals. The duo would accept a price under $1 million but George Bell, Excite CEO at the time, rejected the offer. After a series of discussions Brin and Page agreed to an even lower price of $750,000 but Bell still turned them down. However, if he were to take up on that brilliant offer back then, the faith of Excite might have been different. The company’s decline started sometime in 2001 and it was later acquired by Ask.com.