What was it like to work with Jeff Bezos and his founder team as he was scaling up Amazon in the early 2000’s?
What was it like to work at Google while it was rising from the third most dominant search engine to number one?
My guest today is Ann Hiatt, who is likely the only person on my podcast who has intimately worked with founders and CEOs of three companies we know so well today, back when they were in the high growth phase:
Jeff Bezos at Amazon,
Marissa Meyer (former CEO at Yahoo, back when she was heading Products at Google) and
Eric Schmidt, former CEO and Chairman of Google.
But wait, there’s more!
Ann is not just another Silicon Valley success story. Because when you think of Silicon Valley, you think of engineers. Ann studied … well, NOT engineering! International Studies, at the Bachelor and PhD level!
In this super interesting conversation, Ann goes into detail about the various steps it took to get hired at Amazon, Google and how she eventually created the ‘Chief of Staff’ role for herself working closely with Eric Schmidt.
There is so much gold here, simply put, this this is an unmissable conversation.
Ann's HBR article is here.
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