In May 1999, Rachael Chambers left her job as an executive assistant at Netscape for a startup called Google.Starting in a similar role, she soon became an ad sales coordinator. At the time, there were only twelve other employees.
She remained at Google for a little over a year. In October 2000 she departed to join [email protected] for a sales support job. Since then, she’s spent most of her career at Cisco, where she is currently a program manager.
In addition to her work at Cisco, Chambers is actively involved in a local Bay Area controversy over the dangers of imported pet snacks that’s prompted an FDA investigation.
And that bumps everyone on the list down—including Marissa Mayer, who’s often identified as employee No. 20.
Google won’t confirm or deny this.
“We’re not able to confirm names and employee numbers of early Googlers,” we were told by a spokesperson.
But Chambers was definitely there early on. She provided this photo of an early Google team outside the company’s first Palo Alto office. A passerby on the street snapped it. Chambers is kneeling next to Kendra DiGirolamo, who was a fellow ad sales coordinator (the girl with the blue bouncy ball is on Chambers’ right). Mayer is in the back right. We counted 34 people.
That sign, by the way, was hung by Mayer and Paul Buchheit, Mayer said in an on-stage interview at the Computer History Museum earlier this year.
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Photo: Early Googler