Sex, drugs, and Google: the Book looks at the search giant’s wild early days

In this Dec. 4, 2017, photo, people walk by Google offices in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Copyright 2017, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

(Copyright 2017, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Silicon Valley heavyweight Google was a wild child in its earliest days—a startup fueled by booze and party atmosphere, according to a new tell-all book.

Although the Alphabet-owned company founded in September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin is now an established global brand, a new book reveals that the first days were filled with the kind of antics that tend to run afoul of human resources protocols.

Charlie Ayers, the first chef at Google’s cafeteria, speaks in the book about the raw atmosphere.


Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page, seen above, allegedly allowed party atmosphere to flourish during his company’s early days.


“Larry and Sergey would like to have this abundance of girls that were hot, and all are as their little harem of the admins, I call them L&S Harem, yes. All those girls are now several heads of departments in the company, years later,” he says, according to an excerpt published in Vanity Fair.

The free-for-all atmosphere of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll—most of the employees avoided the suit-and-tie look was reportedly a part of the platform is the beginning of ethos.

“The party would be rocking…We would have a hundred people coming and we have props from the movie-theater companies. And we had a hot bath, so you can take it there,” Google’s fourth employee, Heather Cairns, said in the Vanity Fair excerpt.


Ayers continued: “I have Charlie’s Den. I had live bands, D. J.’s, and we bought truckloads of alcohol and a bunch of the pot and made ganja goo-balls. I think that the people who come to me and say: ‘I am hallucinating. What the f__k is this?'”

Interoffice romance was apparently common enough that it was possible to walk in on the early workers having sex.

“We had no locks, so you can’t help it if you walk in on people when there is no lock,” said Cairns. “Remember, we are a gaggle of twenty-somethings, except for me—old 35, so there is a number of hormones and they are raging.”

Fox News has reached Google for comment.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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