Source | CNBC : By Kathleen Elkins
Before Liz Wessel accepted a position in Google‘s associate product marketing manager rotational program, she told the tech giant she planned to leave in two years.
She told CNBC: “I said to the recruiter, ‘I definitely love Google, but at the end of the day, I can safely say that Google is a place I want to be for the next two years. After that, I’ll probably leave and start a company of my own.'”
Wessel kept her word.
Just over two years after starting at Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters in July 2012, Wessel turned down an offer and left the company.
That same night, July 11, 2014, she and JJ Fliegelman launched WayUp, a site that connects students and recent grads with jobs at places like Uber, Goldman Sachs and her previous employer, Google.
Within two weeks, Wessel and Fliegelman had raised $1 million in venture funding.
Wessel always knew she wanted to start a company. “It was not really a question,” she said. “But a lot of people advised me to first work for someone else for a couple of years and really learn from them so that I could set myself up for success.”
She was completely transparent with Google’s hiring team.
After stating her intention to leave after two years, she asked the recruiter two questions: “Number one, am I going to burn any bridges by doing this? And number two, if not, do you have any examples of people who have done this program before and successfully left?”
The recruiter assured Wessel she wouldn’t be burning any bridges and listed a handful of successful entrepreneurs who had left the program to build companies.