Last October, researcher and ex-Google employee Sanmay Ved was able to purchase the domain name google.com for one whole minute for the price of $12. He documented his experience which caught the attention of Google, who rewarded him for discovering the little loophole.
We knew then that Ved donated around $10,000 of his prize money to charity, but it wasn’t until today when Google revealed how much they actually paid the man who owned google.com for a whole minute — and the amount is genius.
The man who bought Google.com for $12 last month donated more than $10,000 of a reward the company gave him to charity.
Former Google employee Sanmay Ved owned the Google domain name for only a minute before his ownership was revoked and he was refunded.
An ex-employee at Google bought sole ownership of the domain name “Google.com,” but was relieved of his hosting powers after only one minute.
Sanmay Ved worked for Google for five and a half years before leaving to get his MBA. While he was searching around in Google Domains late one night, he noticed that the Google.com domain was available for purchase.