Ten years ago, Google (GOOG) pulled off a tech IPO that would end up returning more than 1,000% — a virtual advertisement for anyone thinking about investing in tech IPOs. Since then, Google has grown by leaps and bounds, no longer “merely” a search company, but a tech firm that has its hands in many cookie jars, from smartphones to e-commerce to driverless cars.
Back in 2004, it was far from clear whether search would turn into a huge market, not to mention there was competition from the likes of then-giant Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT). Plus, some of Wall Street was just a little concerned about co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were … well, kind of kooky. Read