You Could Have Owned Google for Under a Million

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 1:11 PM PDT
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Twelve years ago you couldn't fault anyone for overlooking Google but now that is a different story.

If you could go back in time and buy Google for under $1 million would you do it? We're not talking about buying some shares for six figures or the domain name, we're talking about the entire company.

At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco Wednesday, Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, told the story about how he had just that opportunity.

In 1999 Khosla, then working with search portal Excite, said he was able to talk Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin into selling Google for $1 million.

But Excite CEO George Bell reportedly rejected the acquisition, according to Khosla. He then talked the now famous duo down to $750,000 but the leader of Excite still wasn't interested.

What's Google worth today? TechCrunch says its market cap stands at $167 billion.

Ouch.

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