Stanton’s timing was great, joining Google in 2003 after a stint at Yahoo and a maternity leave. But she encountered some obstacles right out of the gate.
“When I was at Yahoo, I was hired as a product manager for Yahoo Finance, and helped build the site and build it internationally. And so when I came to Google, naturally I thought, ‘I can be a product manager here,'” she said. “And Google said, ‘No, I’m sorry, you don’t have a computer science background.’ And I was like, but I just helped build this great product on the web, and I’ve been there for three years, and I was promoted.”
The leadership structure at Google was unmoved. No computer science background, no product management.
But that didn’t stop Stanton. She found engineers who would work with her, and brought Google Finance to market. Along the way, she gained a reputation as a person who could ship new ideas.