Five Things You Didn't Know About the Google

Google vice president Marissa Mayer on the company's origins and its "creepy" email ads.
Marissa Mayer, vice-president location and local services, Google Inc. Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of local, maps, and localization, was among the search company’s initial recruits, joining in 1999 as a new Stanford University grad. She spoke with Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel for 90 minutes Tuesday night before a Manhattan audience at the 92nd Street Y. Amid a life story of hard work and good fortune—Mayer, now 36, applied to 10 colleges and sorted through 14 first-job opportunities—she offered a few insider anecdotes about the company.

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