Sarah Nahm, 29, is founder and CEO of Lever, an applicant-tracking software firm that helps companies reinvent their hiring process. Based in San Francisco, Lever is a startup with high-profile investors such as Marissa Mayer (Yahoo’s CEO).
Executive: Before launching Lever in 2012, you worked at Google. What was that like?
Nahm: Google was my first job out of college. I literally didn’t know what I’d be doing there until I showed up on the first day. My first job was to work with Marissa Mayer on her speechwriting. That was such an exciting role. From there, I worked with the Google Chrome team to help them launch the browser and take it all the way to hundreds of millions of users. My biggest lesson was thinking big and diving into challenges.
EL: How did you get that job writing Mayer’s speeches?
Nahm: Marissa told me later that what stood out was my having a breadth of experience. I studied engineering at St...(register to read more)