No, I'm serious. Marissa Mayer should be voted for TIME Person of the Year 2012. I'm DEAD serious.
In case you don't know the history, I'll refresh your memory. Marissa Mayer is the current CEO of Yahoo! and is probably the best thing that has happened to the company since Jerry Yang co-founded the company before Google. Yeah, that's right. Mayer's hiring is a lesson to those idiots at Yahoo's board of directors that you don't give Yang the short-end of the stick, especially considering he co-founded the damn company. Yang may have not been a great CEO but you don't throw him under the bus and off the Board of Yahoo. I'm glad those bozos within Yahoo left after Mayer was installed as CEO. Serves them well for their lack of openness to innovation. And to investor Carl Icahn, stay out of it! Microsoft's purchase of Yahoo would have been a DISASTER, especially considering Microsoft ain't as hot as it used to be.
Mayer joined Google in 1999, back when it wasn't the multi-billion dollar empire and progressive business-minded organization (progressive in business, not politics) it is today. She was known as being the #20 employee and arguably one of the top five most influential engineers. In fact, Mayer was the first female engineer at the company.
Marissa Mayer has an outstanding education background. She received a B.S in Symbolic Systems and an M.S. in Computer Science both at Stanford University, the key university to go to if you want to be guaranteed a career in Silicon Valley. Yes, Condoleeza Rice works at Stanford but that's not why you go there.
In addition, Marissa Mayer has an extraordinary IQ, an exceptional level of intelligence, great innovative thinking and just a great brain. In fact, I think if she and Mark Zuckerberg were to arm wrestle it would be evident who would win. No, Zuckerdoodle wouldn't let Mayer win. She'd win outwright!
Here are the most notable accomplishments of Ms. Mayer:
Beyond the two company co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, perhaps no other executive better symbolized the new breed of brilliant young technologist in charge at Google than Marissa Mayer.It doesn't just end there.
By any measure, Mayer, appointed this afternoon as Yahoo's new chief executive, boasts one of Silicon Valley's stellar resumes.
The first female engineer and 20th employee overall hired by the then-upstart search company, Mayer rapidly distinguished herself at Google, which she joined after graduating from Stanford University with a masters degree in computer science, specializing in artificial intelligence.
Both as the executive in charge of search products and user experience, and later as VP of local, maps and localization services, Mayer was put in charge of fast-growing businesses that proved instrumental to Google's exponential growth in the last decade.
In particular, Mayer solidified her superstar cred while running the show when the number of daily searches on Google exploded from a few hundred thousand to over a billion searches. She also had a big hand in the design and development of the search interface which soon secured its place in the popular lexicon. What's more, Mayer had a hand in helping to chart the future of Google News, Gmail, and the Orkut social network.Ok. I'll be the first to admit that Google hasn't exactly been 100% with user privacy. It's also not been as forthcoming in handling the situation with the anti-Muslim video that sparked controversy in the Benghazi incident in the first place. I understand that.
Among the list of Mayer's accomplishments, Yahoo cited her role in helping to launch "more than 100 features and products including image, book, and product search; toolbar; iGoogle; Google News; and Gmail -- creating much of the "look and feel" of the Google user experience."
"Since arriving at Google just over 13 years ago as employee number 20, Marissa has been a tireless champion of our users," Page said in a prepared statement. "She contributed to the development of our Search, Geo, and Local products as well as many other product areas. We will miss her talents at Google."
However, Google otherwise is one of the most progressive businesses in the United States and no matter if people say or leave the company, EVERYONE wants to work at Google. Even a 33 year old Brazilian woman I talked to recently (who lives in Sao Paulo) says a friend of her's loves working at Google. Hell, I even attended a June 2010 recruiting event at Google's San Francisco office when the company had announced it was hiring candidates to begin the team at DoubleClick, the first real online advertising company back in the 1990's which ended up being purchased by Google. Hiring for DoubleClick at Google was only happening at the SF event. There were awesome Google employees although they were overwhelmed at the number of people going up to them and talking about their experience and resumes. I don't blame them.
Anyway, it's evident that Marissa Mayer was really the brain behind Google's innovation although I wouldn't go so far as crediting her with all of Google's accomplishments. Google can survive without Mayer.
Here's Mayer talking about her experience at Google:
She was also a fellow geek, in the best sense of the word. Indeed, "geek" was a moniker she wore as a badge of pride during her 13 years at Google.
"I'm not a woman at Google, I'm a geek at Google," Mayer once told an interviewer. "If you can find something that you're really passionate about, whether you're a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force."
"Overall," Mayer recently told CBS This Morning, "I think Silicon Valley is a great place for women. But that said, I tend to think of my experience there, especially at Google, not as one of a woman, but as a geek. If you're a geek, Silicon Valley and Google are great places to be.... The nice thing about tech is it's a fast-moving industry. It's easy to get caught up, have new ideas, really get ahead. That fast-moving nature of it makes it both an intimidating industry but also an industry where, if you do jump in, you can make a big impact quickly.
Her high-profile accomplishments were good enough to propel her, last year, to No. 42 on Forbes' annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women.
On top of this, Mayer has other accomplishments outside of her tenure:
-Sits on the board of directors of Walmart and Yahoo!
-Mayer also sits on several non-profit boards such as Cooper–Hewitt, National Design -Museum, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
-Mayer actively invests in technology companies, including crowd-sourced design retailer Minted live video platform Airtime, and mobile payments processor Square.
-She's a loyal Barack Obama supporter. More below:
She was a top executive at Google for 13 years, she’s a self-professed math geek, she’s considered to be one of the industry’s brightest executives, she’s the new Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo, and she’s only 37-years-old.MORE.
She has also bundled thousands of dollars for Democrats and even hosted a fundraiser at her house for President Obama in 2010.
But what was that about her Democrat contributions? Yep, turns out she really likes shoveling money in that direction.AND HERE:
“Mayer … has participated in Democratic political fundraising drives … and has given to Obama annually since 2007,” POLITICO reports.
In fact, she contributed $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund last year.
“In 2011, she gave $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee. In 2010, she gave two donations of $30,400 to the DNC,” POLITICO adds. “She also has bundled between $100,000 and $200,000 for Obama for America and Obama Victory Fund 2012.”
Marissa Mayer is smart, REAL smart. Sometimes I think people underestimate her. In the world of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, there were women who seem to idolize Marilyn Monroe for simply beauty and projection of it and not real women figures like Amelia Earhart or Leni Riefenstahl (ignoring her days as Hitler's favorite filmmaker) who in her 80's still made documentary films and even filmed underwater: With a film camera!
Just the whole concept of a highly intelligent woman seems to be a turnoff to men. Well, at least those dumb-minded, arrogant men.
Here's Marissa Mayer on growing up in Wisconsin:
Here's Mayer on Martha Stewart's Show:
Here's Mayer in saying "Don't Kill Projects; Morph Them." This kind of thinking should be applied to those GOP bozos in Congress.
Anyway, as you can probably tell, I've got a crush on Marissa Mayer but I completely understand she's married (darn you Zachary Bogue, you lucky son of a gun).
However, Marissa Mayer and Barack Obama have one thing in common: They believe in innovation, thinking outside the box and in practical terms and they are about the 21st century, not the 20th century like Mitt Romney seems to be stuck in.
So go ahead and vote for Marissa Mayer as Time's Person of the Year! Come on, you know you want to do it!
Look, I know we're all about politics here and I know it might be more reasonable to vote for someone like Barack Obama or maybe Nate Silver for Time's Person of the Year but we don't talk enough about the world of IT and innovation. The more we talk about it, the easier it will be for us to solve the problems of politics. After all, didn't Barack Obama's campaign adopt the concept of online phone banking?
Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM PT: As an unapologetic progressive who believes in the knowledge of math, physics, astronomy, science, computer science, IT and technology, I find you guys' lack of faith in Marissa Mayer disturbing but you guys probably don't know this because you don't come neither Mayer nor I's background. We're similar, us two in education and knowledge.
We need to apply IT and Tech more to our cause than before. That's why Marissa Mayer deserves credit. If you're going to vote for Michelle Obama, activists and others who fight against tyranny, well, you might as well vote for ALL of them.
On the other hand, what about those protests in Egypt back in 2011 when Mubarak was in power? Thanks to the technology known as social media, change was able to get done a lot faster.
Never enough credit is given to scientists and engineers. It's always the activists or the politicians. Shame not enough of us believe in Isaac Newton or Neil LaGrasse.