Larry Page and Sergey Brin and their brainstorm, Google, quickly outgrew her home. Today, the founders and their landlady – who wound up quitting her job at Intel to join the boys – are in different wings of the four-building sprawling campus known as the Googleplex, a 1,000-employee paradise with free food, unlimited ice cream, pool and ping-pong tables and complimentary massages, plus the ability to spend 20% of work time on any outside activity. "They built Google to be their dream environment," Wojcicki says.
Personally, I don't know if I would ever go public if I were them. Sooner or later at a public company, those perks will probably be axed. But I guess for the founders, there is a strong desire to go public and become multi-kajillionaires.
UPDATE: Mario noted this link in the comments. Maybe Google will stay private after all, at least for awhile.