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Marissa Mayer, Beautiful And A Succesful Career

Updated on September 23, 2012
Marissa Mayer at a Google Press day, 2007 in Germany
Marissa Mayer at a Google Press day, 2007 in Germany | Source

What made Larry Page and Sergey Brin stop for a while and... hire this 24 years old (back in 1999), applicant from Wausau Wisconsin?

The two Icons bombarded the future Employee #20 with questions like, "How would you write a spell-check program when you have a vocabulary so big, it won't fit in a computer?" Or, "do you think our silly name has potential?" And so on. Marissa was ready to answer all those questions because she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B. S. in symbolic systems and an M. S. in Computer Science.

If you don't know her, here are some of her credentials: Ex employee # 20 or 16 from Google. Elected new Yahoo CEO, and developer of our 'I feel lucky' google bar, Google+, iGoogle and even your own Gmail account. "What about Google Maps and Google Chrome?" Yep! She was behind the scenes when they were lauched..!

Sergey Brin would say later, "Marissa makes the decisions she feels are right, and history proves she is right." Simplicity and usefulness are hard to achieve after 10 years of mind boggling pressure from competitors.

But what Google had in its hands was a prodigy. Beauty was not a deterrent for a finish descendant from Wisconsin. Her studies in artificial intelligence made her stay atop of this silicone valley full of young entrepreneurs. FYI, Marissa is expecting a baby due on October; congratulations to her and Husband Zachary Bogue.

We think is just the way she was raised; her mom who would try her best to make a ballerina out of Marissa. An still looks like an olimpic medal winner. This is close to Charlize's story per se. What about her dad? An environmental engineer who would care about this beautiful child and her early needs as a daughter. We wanted to find about her mom as well... and we found her.


Behind a Great Daughter...

We started talking about her achievements, but what about her parents? Let's find out and hear from them.

Mom would start holding her teddy bear Marissa left back home, "She'd never yelled at anything or led cheers. She was way too shy (sounds like us and sister AE). She took a classical-ballet training and turned it into dance team in high school."

Mr. Mayer, her dad, an environmental engineer who works for water-treatment plants, built a home made skating ring for her brother. We are talking about Wausau, where Hockey brings more attention than a Super Bowl. He knew his daughter would go far in life.

Mrs. Mayer, a homemaker and museum lover, spent years ferrying her daughter to ice skating, ballet, piano, embroidery/cross-stitch, cake decorating, Brownies, swimming, skiing, and golf. But never thought about this Google craze. "You give them every experience you can, and then they gradually eliminate things," sweet mom said. "I guess, we were rebellious in our own post-war times...," she mumbled.

"If you look at my daughter shyness, I think Ballet taught her criticism and discipline, poise and confidence," said mom proudly, with a stern voice. Actually Marissa's voice is close to Kathleen Turner's.


Not Time For Love? Google It!

We wish she would've thought of that and maybe she would've gotten hold of Lord DC. But the year was 2007 and HubPages was trying to reinvent its platform... once again. Her agenda was the busiest, and she was not ready for love, when one day...

Her best friend (See Kelly?) warned her about a Lawyer that would show up for a needed updating meeting. His name? Zack Bogue. Her future 'Clark Kent' came into her life at the right time frame. This lawyer/investment manager/athlete/philanthropist would steal her heart from the very beginning.

They would spent every night together, at any one of their three homes, his loft in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, her penthouse, or her house in Palo Alto (for late nights at the Googleplex). They shared a passion for cooking. "People would grill, but we both cook." said Marissa with those sparkling blue eyes. Their affinities went from marathons to working late at nights. "Marissa got me used to carry my lap top everywhere. We never know, when those 15 minutes of craziness would pop!" said Hubby Zach, holding Marissa in his arms. "There's never a distinct line between work and home. Marissa's work is such a natural extension of her. It's not something she needs to shed at the end of the day." He adds with pride.

Do we know Marissa baby's name? Not really, but they are deciding to keep their roots into the future. They know that their offspring will have everything she/he needs. Marissa is very down to earth and will have her mom by her side.

Congrats Marissa! You are an example of perseverance, inventiveness and a role model to new generations, and for ourselves, of course.

Now, Yahoo As Of Today...(Please Marissa, easy on our e-mails)

Mayer is just as resistant to the kinds of unitary categories that the regular three-dimensional world insists on. On a nano-level, she is our found Biggs boson. It's not only that she demolished old-fashioned oppositions of beauty and brains, or women and science, or chic and geek, but she has defined the role of American women for the next 20 years and beyond.

Between pregnancy, interviews and those text snippets about the physics of data, the future of news, and atomic units of consumption, Marissa knows what is best for the new struggling company that gave up on its own toolbar and core pride. Is she going to bring Jerry Yang back on the boat? We think she will, but shareholders will have to find how strong she really is.

From Madame Du Chatelet and Madame Curie, Marissa reminding us of entrepreneur women that never gave up. Just thinking of Carli Fiorina, ex Hewlett Packard's CEO, we know that her mind is set on a global order.


Marissa and Fashion

Don't remind her, but Marissa loves fashion. She is an Internet geek that buys from fashion sites just like any of us. Mom would tweet her some models and Marissa would stop for a second just to text her back! "Got it mom, you just spelled Oscar de la Renta, like Delaware..LOL" Sometimes you will see Marissa wearing turquoise-fringed Manolo's and an Alberta Ferretti dress. You have to include her Oscar de la Renta cashmere cardigan with three-quarter sleeves and pointelle detailing, adding enamel buttons. Marissa please! Oh Sorry, her Platinum Credit Card has no limit. This 1993 graduate from Wausau West High did really live up to her dreams!


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  • Lord De Cross profile image

    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Justin for reading our story,

    Definetely Marissa has it all. But hse is very down to earth. Glad to have searched about her, we have learned a lot, and got inspired.

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    Thanks for sharing this. Beauty and brains? Good package. Never heard of her. very inspiring story. UP and shared.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Morning Molometer,

    Marissa is like a next door friend. You talk to her, and she will ended up smiling along the way. Don't get me wrong, when is time to work on chart flows and capital gain from an idea, she transforms herself into a Superwoman. Thanks Mike!

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    molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    What a fascinating read. I too had never heard of her and would still not know who she was if it were not for this great bio. Well done Lord.

    Marissa Mayer certainly has had a successful career and is an inspiration for her generation and us too as you mentioned.

    Great to read a success story of today.

    All the votes and sharing.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Glimmer Twin Fan

    Thanks to you, and come back again please! We love your comments and your support . Thanks!

    Debbie Brooks, We all are Children of God. You are unique and your purpose in life was to help people with your own style. We need you with us as well. Thanks!

    KiityThe Dreamer,

    Aww! You sounded like a friend of us, that loved this hub. Your style is appreciated and you have more followers than us? How come? Will have to ask HP team...oh you've been here longer..! Thanks for stopping by!

    Billybuc, Marissa is a cool girl. Actually she can laugh with our fun hubs. Maybe she is reading us. I've seen her smiling too much lately. Thank for leaving a fun comment.


    We did our research and we gave this hub more humanity than those reports on Cable network. There is more than just reading the news. Thanks!

    SuzetteNaples, Your comments and support means a lot to us. That's a good reason to write juicy and original hubs. You also made our day by stopping by. Thanks again!


    Marissa Anne is a beautiful woman and her wisdom is eloquent. Yahoo will survive and we all will benefit. I wonder if she will accept a political nomination? We need a department of Women affairs so bad. Thanks!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Audra,

    Marissa's baby is due in Ocotber, so she will have to take it easy. Hope Yahoodoes better with that new air of hers!

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Unique and enjoyable report. Mayer is all over FOX and KGO news, but you managed to find some thing they didn't

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    Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thanks for such an interesting article on Marissa. I heard about her switch to Yahoo, but didn't know anything about her. Thanks for the information!

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    I am so glad Yahoo hired her. I think they are going to get a lot of feminist support for doing this. Well done and a great hub on a current event.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I hate to admit this but I have never heard of her; now at least I know something about her because of this brilliant biography!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    What a lovely lady. Never heard of her before, I'm ashamed to admit. Love it!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Wow beautiful and brillant...i wish i reallylike this hub...i ha ve never been smart like are awesome..hugs..debbie

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    Really fascinating! Thanks for a great hub.

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    iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

    I like how you wrote this bio! I had not heard of her until she made the news in the last couple of days. She is so young, but has accomplished so much! I am glad she will be able to help Yahoo! Great organization of your info with some hmanity built in! Great job!