Marissa Mayer discusses Google's mapping technology. She is in conversation with Vijay Vaitheeswaran. Location: Paepcke Auditorium
Marissa Mayer is president and CEO of Yahoo!, a role she assumed in July 2012. Before that she spent 13 years at Google, having joined the company as a software engineer—employee number 20—in 1999. Mayer oversaw the explosive growth of Google Search and its extension into areas like image, book, and product search. She also led the development of many popular services, including Google News and Gmail, and is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design. From 2010 to 2012, she was vice president in charge of the company’s local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. Mayer earned her masters degree in computer science from Stanford, where she also taught programming. She serves on the boards of Walmart and several nonprofits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Ballet, and New York City Ballet.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.