born 1975

Marissa Mayer is that rare thing in the Silicon Valley ~ a female tech exec. Not to mention, a technology nerd who packs enough style-sense to know what charms the average consumer. "She's a geek, but her clothes match," says one former employee at Google, where Marissa got her start as a programmer in 1999. There, she helped design Google's clean home page and built a reputation for launching new products "early + often."

In 2012, Marissa was lured away to be CEO of Yahoo. Since then she's waged an uphill battle, but Marissa remains confident she can make the legendary search engine company sexy again.

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all quotes by Marissa Mayer (11)

"When you launch something, can you learn enough about the mistakes that you made and learn enough from your users that you ultimately iterate really quickly? I call this my Mac and Madonna theory . . . Apple and Madonna. They were cool in 1983, they're still cool years later . . . People think of them as very innovative and very inventive. How do they do it? They don't do it being perfect every single time . . . There's lots of mess-ups along the way. Apple had the Newton, Madonna had The Sex Book."

Learning from Mistakes: Marissa Mayer | may 2006

"It's amazing when you take a lot of smart, motivated people and give them access to a huge amount of information, how well informed their choices are about what they want to work on and what needs to be done."

Give Ideas Credit, Not Credit for Ideas | may 2006

"I've always loved baking. I think it's because I'm very scientific. The best cooks are chemists..."

The Adventures of Marissa | february 2008

"Power comes from sharing information. Tell everyone everything."

Illinois Institute of Technology commencement address | may 2009

"I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow."

Google's Marissa Mayer: Passion is a Gender-Neutralizing Force | april 2012

"Passion is a gender-neutralizing force."

Googles Marissa Mayer: Passion is a Gender-Neutralizing Force | april 2012

"I always surrounded myself with the smartest people I could find, because they make you think about things harder."

Google's Marissa Mayer: Passion is a Gender Neutralizing Force | april 2012

"I think that burnout happens because of resentment—that notion that, 'wow, I worked 100 hours last week, and I couldn’t even have this thing that I really wanted.'"

Can Marissa Mayer Have it All? | october 2012

"I think that for me, it’s God, family and Yahoo—in that order."

Marissa Mayer on God, Family and Yahoo | november 2012

"Whenever you have a daily habit, and are really providing a lot of value around it, there's an opportunity to create a great business."

Personalization is Future of Search | january 2013

"You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way. You can do it on your terms."

12 inspirational quotes from women who rock STEM | october 2014
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