Guy Buys Google.com Domain And Donates His Huge Reward To Charity

After MBA student Sanmay Ved purchased the Google domain for $12, he donated his huge reward to a charity in India.

VedTo temporarily own the domain www.Google.com might seem like reward enough, but for individuals who find “hiccups” or bugs in the system, there’s a monetary reward to look forward to, as well.

Babson College student, Sanmay Ved, from Massachusetts – and ex-Google employee – recently managed to buy the Google domain name for $12.

On September 29, Ved was perusing available domain names for purchase when he came across “Google.com”. Of course, he quickly added it to his cart, and ‘poof,’ there it was.

As Business Insider reports, he had been keeping an eye on Google’s internal domains, so clicked “add to cart,” and in no time was the proud owner of the web address. Shortly afterward, he reported the incident to Google security, who began investigating the purchase.


When Google first told him he wouldn’t get any money as a result of the accidental transaction, Ved really didn’t mind. He told Business Insider

“I don’t care about the money. It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs that it’s not always about the money.”

Once they heard he intended to donate any reward money received, the global company changed its mind and decided to double Ved’s reward since he was giving it to others in need. 

Google, on Ved’s behalf, will donate over $10,000 to Art of Living India, a program that helps bring educational and humanitarian programs to 154 countries around the world.

An international Art of Living conference. Credit: rediff.com

An international Art of Living conference.
Credit: rediff.com

It’s a cause close to the heart of the MBA student, who said, “I’m kind of a proponent for education.”

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