Wayup CEO and former Google employee Liz Wessel knew she wanted to start her own company someday. Even a great job for Google wasn’t going to stop her. Following is a transcript of the video.
I told Google, “Hey. I would love to take this job. I know I can crush it for Google and I really believe Google’s the right place for me, but in a couple years I’m going to want to leave and start my own company. Is that ok?”
I got the summer internship my junior summer. The summer before that I’d been an intern at Blackstone. I knew that I did not like finance and from that internship I learned that I knew I would only do a good job in my internship if I was having fun and was passionate about what I was doing.
And then I accidentally got a part-time job as an Anheuser-Busch campus ambassador and I was not responsible for promoting beer. I was actually responsible for helping them recruit students from Penn for full-time jobs.
That was the first time that A) I realised I loved marketing, and so I ended up going to Google to become a product market full-time as well as an internship, and B) it’s when I realised that there’s a big disconnect between college students and employers and that’s what led me to WayUp.
And so, when I worked Google over the summer, I had the best time. When I got the full-time job offer in the fall of my senior year at Penn I was really excited but I also actually knew that I was very passionate about starting my own business in about 2 years. I had this like number in my mind.
And so I told Google, “Hey, I would love to take this job. I know I can crush it for Google and I really believe Google’s the right place for me, but in a couple years I’m going to want to leave and start my own company. Is that ok?” And they said, “More than ok. The program that you’re applying to, you can totally complete the program after a couple of years, obviously we would love for you to stay at Google, but if you want to go off and start another company, as long as it’s not competitive to Google, we’re happy.” So …
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