Interview with Marissa Mayer
Summary: Spurred on by the fascinating podcast with Vint Cerf, Roger recently had the pleasure of spending a day at the Googleplex --- Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Over the next few weeks we will post Roger's conversations with Google's leaders. We're sure you'll find these podcasts both interesting and entertaining. In this edition of the Cullinane & Green Report, Roger talks with Marissa Mayer about how Google's unique culture and people have made it a phenomenon of our time. Marissa is Vice President of Search Products & User Experience at Google, where she leads the product management efforts on Google's search products – web search, images, groups, news, Froogle, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Labs, and more. She joined Google in 1999 as Google's first female engineer and led the user interface and webserver teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. In her spare time, Marissa also organizes Google Movies – outings a few times a year to see the latest blockbusters – for 6,000+ people (employees plus family members and friends). Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to over 3,000 students. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education. Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Marissa has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek ("10 Tech Leaders of the Future"), Red Herring ("15 Women to Watch"), Business 2.0 ("Silicon Valley Dream BusinessWeek, Fortune, and Fast Company. Graduating with honors, Marissa received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. Count on the Cullinane & Green Report to bring you the most up-to-date information about the people and technologies rocking the world of business development. Remember, at Cullinane & Green we're on the bleeding edge so you don't have to be!