“I have been ‘the only’ for most of my career.”
Stacy Brown-Philpot didn’t expect to be a tech CEO. Trained as an investment banker, she came to Silicon Valley out of sheer curiosity and landed a finance job at Google when it had only 1,000 employees.
“My mother said, ‘You know, if this Google thing doesn’t work out, you can always go back to public accounting,’” Brown-Philpot recalled on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “Where I grew up, in Detroit, nobody knew what Google was. Nobody was searching for things on the internet all the time.”
Years later, Brown-Philpot became the COO and then the CEO of TaskRabbit, but she said there’s still a big gap between Silicon Valley and everywhere else — and that has effects on everything from innovation to the much-debated issue of diversity in tech.
“I have been ‘the only’ for most of my career,” Brown-Philpot said. “I walk into a room, there’s one or two black women. There aren’t that many, because the pipeline of talent just isn’t there.”
Listen to Brown-Philpot’s interview below. Read the rest of this story at Recode Decode.