Influential Women in Technology: Susan Wojcicki
YouTube. A staple on nearly every American phone, laptop, desktop, and smart tv. With an estimated 2 billion users every month and new additions like YouTube Music, YouTube Live, and YouTube Premium, it takes an army of staff and employees to run such an intricate operation. Today we meet Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube. We learn about her past in Google and what it takes to build a streaming and video platform from scratch.
Susan Wojcicki began her tech career as a consultant for Bain and Company at computer giant intel in their marketing department. In 1998 she, along with Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, worked in her garage in Menlo Park, California developing Google’s Search Engine. Because of her brilliance when developing Google, she became Google's 16th employee in 1999 and is known as one of the founding pillars of the search engine. In 2006, Wojcicki acquired YouTube for $1.64 billion and has grown the platform, since her acquisition, to a net worth of over $90 billion.
Outside of her business with YouTube, Wojcicki is an advocate for working mothers. She along with others champions the value of paid maternity leave and support needed for women and new mothers no matter their role or position within a company. She also serves as a board member at Room to Read, an organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education.
For more information about Susan Wojcicki, visit the links below to both her professional and social media pages: