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Guerilla Market. How Google's Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout. UPDATE: Marissa Mayer was named chief executive officer of Yahoo Inc.

How Google's Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout

July 16, 2012. Many entrepreneurs don't even think twice when it comes to working around the clock. Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee and current vice president of location and local services, is no exception. When Google was a young company, she worked 130 hours per week and often slept at her desk. "For my first five years at Google, I pulled an all-nighter every week," Mayer said in a recent talk at New York's 92Y cultural center. Hard work, she says, has been the key to Google's success, as well as her own. For young companies that demand so much of their employees, hard work can spiral into burnout.

Step 1. Her assessment is right on target. Related: 3 Postures to Boost Productivity Now Step 2. "People--particularly entrepreneurs--can put in huge amounts of energy and time," Leiter says. Related: A Secret to Creative Problem Solving Step 3. "You can't have everything you want," Mayer cautions. Sacré Kenny. Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining. I slept at work again last night; two and a half hours curled up in a quilt underneath my desk, from 11am to 1:30pm or so.

Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining

That was when I woke up with a start, realizing that I was late for a meeting…But it was no big deal, we just had the meeting later. It’s hard for someone to hold it against you when you miss a meeting because you’ve been at work so long that you’ve passed out from exhaustion. Suddenly everyone’s complaining about how unfair things are in Silicon Valley. How hard everyone has to work so darn hard, and how some people don’t get venture capital or a nice sale to Facebook or Google even though lots of other people are getting those things.

Silicon Valley is an unfair place, say all the headlines. As if all of this was new. I saw Ian today, for the first time in months. What I Wish Someone Had Told Me 4 Years Ago. The year is 2007, and I had just left Microsoft to dive into the startup world.

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me 4 Years Ago

Like many first time entrepreneurs, I was very excited about the adventure. And like many first time entrepreneurs, I didn’t know where to start.

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Nathan Heller: Is College Moving Online?

At seventy, he has owlish eyes, a flared Hungarian nose, and a tendency to gesture broadly with the flat palms of his hands. He wears the crisp white shirts and dark blazers that have replaced tweed as the raiment of the academic caste. His hair, also white, often looks manhandled by the Boston wind. Where some scholars are gnomic in style, Nagy piles his sentences high with thin-sliced exposition.

(“There are about ten passages—and by passages I simply mean a selected text, and these passages are meant for close reading, and sometimes I’ll be referring to these passages as texts, or focus passages, but you’ll know I mean the same thing—and each one of these requires close reading!”) Nagy has published no best-sellers. Does The Online Education Revolution Mean The Death Of The Diploma? Education is changing, and it’s changing fast.

Does The Online Education Revolution Mean The Death Of The Diploma?

Anyone can put together a personalized educational experience via digital textbooks accessible by iPad, video learning from top university faculty, or peer-led discussion. People of all demographics are gathering their own seeds of education and cultivating lush sets of hybrid tools to deal with the rapid knowledge replenishment that’s essential in an economy where massive career specialization and constant innovation reign. What we’re witnessing is a bottom-up revolution in education: Learners, not institutions, are leading innovation.

This is an era of plenty. I like to call it the Education Harvest. But there is a huge issue that’s preventing lifelong learners from blossoming into our next generation of highly skilled--and employed--workers: There’s no accreditation process for self-taught learners. Where is education headed? 1. Classrooms can be anywhere at anytime. Isaac Asimov on Bill Moyers World of Ideas pt 2.


  1. alexdana Jul 12 2011
    It's just the beginning old chap...