Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Marissa Mayer's Notions of Innovation


After seeing Marissa Mayer listed on the Top 50 VIPs of the Web that I blogged about previously, I was reminded about wanting to blog about her.

First off is her 9 Notions of Innovation:
  1. Ideas come from everywhere. Google expects everyone to innovate, even the finance team
  2. Share everything you can. Every idea, every project, every deadline — it’s all accessible to everyone on the intranet
  3. You’re brilliant, we’re hiring. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin approve hires. They favor intelligence over experience
  4. A license to pursue dreams. Employees get a “free” day a week. Half of new launches come from this “20% time”
  5. Innovation, not instant perfection. Google launches early and often in small beta tests, before releasing new features widely
  6. Don’t politic, use data. Mayer discourages the use of “I like” in meetings, pushing staffers to use metrics
  7. Creativity loves restraint. Give people a vision, rules about how to get there, and deadlines
  8. Worry about usage and users, not money. Provide something simple to use and easy to love. The money will follow.
  9. Don’t kill projects — morph them. There’s always a kernel of something good that can be salvaged

Here is a great video of her talking through these notions at Stanform University (where she received her undergrad and grad degrees from).

Next is her thoughts on How to Run a Meeting Like Google:

  1. Set a firm agenda
  2. Assign a note-taker
  3. Carve out micro-meetings
  4. Hold office hours
  5. Discourage politics, use data
  6. Stick to the clock
I like that these are not the typical Google Stories. These delve into the how Google innovates vs. The Google 15 or their use of AJAX. OK, I want to work there too because of the chefRead more about this in the BusinessWeek article.

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