What’s in a Tech Name?
The name Google is based on the mathematical term “googol”, coined in 1938 to equal 10 to the power of 100, a number much larger than anything presently in existence.
The original concept was Sky-Peer-To-Peer, which was later shortened to Skype.
A transliteration of the company’s Japanese name, Nin-ten-dou. The first letters (nin) can be translated as “entrusted”; ten-dou means “heaven”.
What started as a wood pulp mill, the company expanded into producing rubber products in the Finnish city of Nokia.
Originally named, Echo Bay Technology Group, a consulting firm. They found EchoBay.com was already taken by Echo Bay Mines. The site was then shortened to ebay.com.
Jeff Bezos wanted a name for his company that began with “A” so it would appear early in alphabetical order. He settled on Amazon, as he hoped his company would grow to the same size as the river.