Google VP Marissa Mayer: Learn By Failing

With the explosion of the Internet, today’s media job seekers have more choices available than ever before. But how do you know if an emerging company is poised to be the next Twitter or just another dot-com bust?

For Google’s VP of consumer products Marissa Mayer, making the decision to become the company’s 20th employee was so difficult that she ended up in tears.

“My friend Andre said to me, ‘You know, Marissa, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to pick the right choice, and I’ve gotta be honest: That’s not what I see here. I see a bunch of good choices, and there’s the one that you pick and make great,’” Mayer recalled. “I think that’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.”

In the end, she said she accepted Google’s offer for one reason: “I would learn more there failing than I would other places succeeding, and that’s what really drew me to the role.”

Part 1: Marissa Mayer on Google’s Failed Groupon Bid

Part 2: Marissa Mayer: ‘Google Hasn’t Gotten Social Right Yet’ Digital Privacy Forum

Register for Digital Privacy Forum on January 20 in New York to learn about the business of online privacy and the future of information management.

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