[PROFILE] Searchlight: Stacy Brown-Philpot (Tech)
Editor’s Note: Stacy was selected for theREGISTRYBayArea / Digital Diversity Network “2015 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” list.
From Google to TaskRabbit
Title/Position: COO, TaskRabbit
This week’s featured interviewee is Stacy Brown-Philpot. Stacy had a distinguished career in operations at Google before stepping up to become COO of TaskRabbit. Stacy shares some great advice on the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, lessons learned from working abroad, and important things to consider if you’re considering making the move from a big company to a fast-growing startup company.
How did you get into the world of technology?
My path to technology really started when I decided to go to Stanford for business school. While at Goldman Sachs in 1999, I was fascinated by the valuation and excitement around the technology deals I worked on. My curiosity of what Silicon Valley was all about made the decision to go to Stanford very easy. While at Stanford, I was drawn to the pace, creativity, and innovation you find at tech firms.
After spending a number of years in finance and accounting, I felt I had found the industry that truly excited me. People were building things that mattered and fundamentally changed the way we think, act, and do. With the choice of going into VC or operations, I chose operations. I wanted to build on the front lines and work alongside others to solve hard, challenging problems. Because of my finance background, it took a couple of steps for me to find a line role in a tech company. I wasn’t technical enough to be a product manager or engineer, so had to navigate the business side of technology.
First, I worked in business development at a small startup call Wily Technology before joining Google in 2003. At Google, I started in finance and then later transitioned to sales operations where I spent the last decade of my career.