Marissa Mayer Didn't Have Plans To Become One Of The Top Tech Leaders
Aug 18, 2013 14:57
Marissa Mayer gets profiled in the September issue of Vogue. She's been portrayed as a woman who isn't trying to deny her employees anything, and is in her own words, a geek, shy, and a woman who likes to code.
In the mag, she also says that it wasn't by design that she wanted to become a top tech leader, in fact, it was a total accident. Writer Jacob Weisman says:
At Stanford, she majored in Symbolic Systems, which combines philosophy, cognitive psychology, linguistics, and computer science. Once, reading The Stanford Daily, she was laughing over a column about campus icons—the local man who abuses passersby, the guy in the sandwich shop who always gets your order wrong. “And there was literally a line in there that said ‘the blonde woman in the upper-division computer-science classes.’ And I was, like, I’m a woman in the upper-division computer-science classes—I should know this person! I really had just been very blind to gender. And I still am.”
“I didn’t set out to be at the top of technology companies,” she insists. “I’m just geeky and shy and I like to code,” she says. “Once, Eric Schmidt [then Google’s CEO] pointed out to me that at Google, when you want to have an impact that’s bigger than just you, you move from being an individual contributor to managing a team. . . . And I was like, Oh, right, it would be nice to have an impact that’s bigger than just me. It’s not like I had a grand plan where I weighed all the pros and cons of what I wanted to do—it just sort of happened.”
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