Headline April 06, 2015/ ''' MARISSA -YOU ROCK! '''


IT WAS TO  a degree, a great coincidence, that technologists from all over, asked my point of opinion, on the vision of  this great C.E.O. of  Yahoo!

'Marissa Mayer will never try to fit into  conventional thinking. And Yahoo! will succeed in a lift-off, if Marissa can design it, to provoke a response in people:

Bold, provocative, and unapologetic'.

''Marissa -You Rock'' to  ''Best C.E.O I have ever worked for!''  These loving admiration quotes, if I may so, come to Marissa from her colleagues.

''She's single-handedly transformed  The Culture had made people proud to work -At Yahoo.

Marissa Mayer is a very Bright Bulb. As Google's highest ranking women, at one time, Marissa Mayer has become a Silicon Valley Superstar.

The superhuman energy seems to have been a part of her earliest years in Wausau, a small city northwest of Milwaukee that is best known for the insurance company that carries its name.

She told  Vogue   that she always had at least one after school activity per day, from ballet to ice-skating, to piano, swimming, debate team, and Brownies.

She was a standout debater whose team won a Wisconsin state championship, a member of the  pom-pom squad, the president of the Spanish Club, and the treasurer of the Key Club, she has also said that by junior high she was doing ballet 35 hours a week.

At a talk at Stanford, when Mayer was asked what made her successful, her answer was simple:
''I like to work.''

She went on to say that, when her father, who was an environmental engineer, came to a talk she was giving at  Google, people just swarmed him to ask about his daughter. 

When they asked, ''Have you ever seen Marissa talk before?'' he answered, ''No, I'm Marissa's dad. I like to work.''

Mayer doesn't seem to have been a popular kid, but she shows no sign of having been tormented in the usual ways that smart, small-town midwestern girls can be.

''I got to live in a bubble,'' she said at the Y. ''I was really good at chemistry, calculus, biology, physics at high school, and my teachers were genuinely supportive of that.''

Wausau West yearbook photos show her in a science seminar discussing the Wausau Chamber of Commerce survey on  students  and working hours, performing a pom-pom routine for a Bush-Quayle rally, and,-

On the debate team, telling a judge why voting rights for the homeless weren't needed. (The year book by the way, had a feature describing debaters as ''nerds with attitude.'')

If  she had any insecurities, Mayer didn't manifest them outwardly.

''In high school, Marissa was wicked smart and she knew it [not cocky], but very confident] is how Lief Larson, who went to high school with her and is now a technology entrepreneur in Minneapolis, describer her in a blog post.

''She was always 100%  business, all the time. She was not known as a  'popular', but she was highly involved/diligent.'' Larson added, ''Whatever she did, she tried to make it perfect.''

She applied  10  Colleges, including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. After being accepted by all of them, she created a spreadsheet, ranking the schools by criteria, such as median  S.A.T scores.

It yielded Stanford  where she initially planned to major in biology or chemistry, with the goal of becoming a pediatric neuro-surgeon  ''who taught at a medical school while taking exceptional cases.'' as she described it

Upon realizing that she could do that with a degree from a state school, she changed her major to  symbolic systems,  that combines philosophy, cognitive psychology, linguistics, and computer science.

A favourite Mayer story is about not noticing that she was a female in a mostly male world.

At college one day, she was reading  The Stanford Daily  and laughing to herself about a column on campus celebrities, which included  ''the blonde woman in the upper division computer science classes.'' 

She later told a reporter. ''And I was, like, I'm a woman in the upper division computer-science classes. I should know this person!''

She has credited her obliviousness with her success. ''Had I been self-conscious about being the only woman it would have stifled me a lot more.'' she told the audience at the Y.

And Mayer has explicitly rejected the feminist mantle. 

''I don't think I have sort of the militant drive and sort of the chip on the shoulder that sometimes come with than,'' she said in a  PBS  documentary called.....Makers.

A former  Google  employee recalls Mayer being asked by an obnoxious radio host, ''If I Google  'Marissa Mayer naked,'' what will I get?'' Mayer blew past it.

Mayer's comments on feminism in  Makers   provoked some controversy. But the more interesting question is why and how someone with no awareness of how she is perceived.........someone who has often characterized herself as shy-

Would end up as the very highly publicized face of Google.

Mayer stayed at Stanford to get her master's in computer science. As graduation approached, she created another spreadsheet, to weigh her  13 or 14  job offers (the number depends on which profile  you read)-

But she inadvertently clicked  on an e-mail from a startup called Google, which was looking for employees. She joined in the spring of 1999 as the  20th employee-

When the company was still based in a small office in downtown Palo Alto. Profiles often say that Mayer was Google's first female engineer, and she was, but several others joined within months of her.

At the times, Google was both diverse and intense. 

The Honour and Serving of the  ''operational research'' continues. Thank you for reading and having fun, and maybe picking something up. See Ya all on !WOW!.

With respectful dedication to all the Yahoo! employees and users. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' Spotlight '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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