Ah 1999. Booming economy. Soaring stock market. And a country whose most pressing national dilemma seemed to be whether the president engaged in an extra-marital affair.

Not too shabby, ’99.

TechCrunch has posted the following YouTube video of a Google all-hands meeting, circa that turn-of-the-millenium.

In the video…we…witness a Google all-hands meeting led by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when the startup had fewer than 60 employees. After some new employee introductions the meeting shifts to a birthday celebration — there’s silly string, singing, and an overwhelming sense that everyone there is just happy (or will be as soon as they get their cake).

The video was recorded (and posted over a decade later) by Douglas Edwards, Google’s director of marketing and brand management from 1999 and 2005 who blogs about his time at the search giant at his site Xooglers.

If you can stomach the fact that every single one of these tee-shirted waifs can now afford a Lamborghini taxi service, or as a housewarming gift sometimes gives an entire house… take a look.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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