Pyra Labs
Type of businessSubsidiary
FoundedJanuary 1, 1999; 25 years ago (1999-01-01)
Current statusOffline, February 17, 2003

Pyra Labs is a subsidiary of Google (Alphabet) that created the Blogger service in 1999. Google acquired Pyra Labs in 2003.[1]


Pyra was co-founded by Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan. The company's first product, also named "Pyra", was a web application which would combine a project manager, contact manager, and to-do list. Their coder Jack Dorsey altered an ftp program to work on a webpage, enabling online users to upload to a webpage web-log. In 1999, while still in beta, the rudiments of Pyra were repurposed into an in-house tool which became Blogger. The service was made available to the public in August 1999. Much of this coding was done by Paul Bausch and Matthew Haughey.[2]

Initially, Blogger was completely free of charge and there was no revenue model. In January 2001, Pyra asked Blogger users for donations to buy a new server.[3] When the company's seed money dried up around the same time, the employees continued without pay for weeks or, in some cases, months; but this could not last, and eventually Williams faced a mass walk-out by everyone including co-founder Hourihan. Williams ran the company virtually alone until he was able to secure an investment by Trellix after its founder Dan Bricklin became aware of Pyra's situation. Eventually advertising-supported Blogspot and Blogger Pro emerged.

In 2002, Blogger was completely re-written to license it to other companies, the first of which was of Brazil.

On February 17, 2003, Pyra was acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum.[1]


  1. ^ a b McIntosh, Neil (2003-02-18). "Google buys Blogger web service". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Scott (2009-07-07). "The Blogger Catapult: Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan". Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters. New York: Crown. pp. 101 ‒ 130. ISBN 978-0307451361.
  3. ^ Kahney, Leander (2001-01-04). "Dot-Com Begs for Bucks". Wired. Retrieved 2012-04-12.