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Marissa Mayer

CEO, Yahoo!

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Marissa Mayer on discovering computer science, taking a risk on Google, and pushing past fear.
Marissa Mayer is the President and CEO of Yahoo!. Before taking the reins at Yahoo!, she spent most of her career at Google, going from one of its early engineers to Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services. A self-described “proud geek,” she holds a B.S. in symbolic engineering (studying interactions between human and artificial intelligences) and an M.S. in computer science, both from Stanford. In 1999, she joined a fledgling Silicon Valley startup as one of the company’s first twenty employees and its first female engineer. Mayer was a key player in the design of Google’s era-defining homepage; her logic and design sense are now woven into the daily lives of people at every corner of the globe. In her years heading Google's search business, she helped expand usage from a few hundred thousand searches per day to over a billion.

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Dark Ages of the Internet
One of Google's earliest architects, Mayer describes seeing Yahoo, then "Jerry's list of links," for the first time.

Helping Staff Get Balance
Mayer discusses her theory of burnout and how she helps her staff to find their own specific balance.

The Brain-Computer Connection
How does the brain work? That's what Marissa Mayer really wanted learn in college and turned to computer science to find out.

Women in Tech
Mayer hopes that the wild growth in technology in her lifetime means more girls going into tech.

Distance from "Feminism"
Mayer talks about the negative connotations of "feminism" and how she prefers to approach women's equality.

“I don’t worry about balance”
What makes work/life balance a non-issue for Mayer?

Google's Impact
Mayer has every reason to list Google as her proudest achievement.

Best Decisions
Mayer shares the two common features of all her best decisions.

Betting on a Startup
She gave Google a 2% chance of succeeding, but Mayer knew that joining the young startup was the right choice.

Quick Learner
Mayer on catching up quickly in computer science, and confounding her fellow TA.

Problem Solving
The best lesson from science camp - it's not what you know but how you think.

A Different Way of Choosing A Major
Mayer on the way she chose her unique major at Stanford.