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.

Video: Google Staff Meeting 1999 27 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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