On September 7th, 1998, Google Inc. was founded. Google Cooperate History reveals why this happened after a meeting with a possible investor:
We gave him a quick demo. He had to run off somewhere, so he said, 'Instead of us discussing all the details, why don't I just write you a check?' It was made out to Google Inc. and was for $100,000. The investment created a small dilemma. Since there was no legal entity known as 'Google Inc.,' there was no way to deposit the check. It sat in Larry's desk drawer for a couple of weeks while he and Sergey scrambled to set up a corporation and locate other funders among family, friends, and acquaintances...In September 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, California. The door came with a remote control, as it was attached to the garage of a friend who sublet space to the new corporation's staff of three. The office offered several big advantages, including a washer and dryer and a hot tub.
The nice thing about Google is they take satisfying their customers seriously, and very little else. They have changed your life. They have changed mine. Some may think they're out to take over the internet...I say go ahead and do it Google, because I love you.