Google buys its start-up garage

The start-up garage is a thing of legend in Silicon Valley.

Now, Google has bought the Silicon Valley home where co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented a garage eight years ago to start their company, the AP reports.

The Mountain View-based company bought the 1,900-square-foot home in nearby Menlo Park from one of its own employees, Susan Wojcicki, who’d let the Google guys work there.

During Google’s five-month history there, the garage became like a second home for Page and Brin.

The entrepreneurs, then just 25, seemed to be always working on their search engine or soaking in the hot tub that still sits on the property. They also had a penchant for raiding Wojcicki’s refrigerator – a habit that may have inspired Google to provide a smorgasbord of free food to the 8,000 employees on its payroll.

(Via Battelle)