Chief Operating Officer, TaskRabbit
A passion for the convergence of operational, analytical, and strategic execution inspired Stacy Brown-Philpot to join TaskRabbit, where she applies her considerable experience to scaling and expanding the marketplace.
Before taking the operational helm at TaskRabbit, Stacy served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Google Ventures, lending strategic expertise to the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade leading global operations for Google’s flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+, and serving as Head of Online Sales and Operations for Google India. Stacy founded the Black Googler Network, a seminal component of diversification initiatives at Google and the larger technology industry. She also brings a background in finance from her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs.
Originally from Detroit where she developed a deep and abiding love for all things Motown, Stacy now resides in Palo Alto with her husband, daughter, and Zeus, the greatest Yorkie in the world. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
You are a planner and you have the next 15 years of your life mapped out. Meet husband at 26, get married at 28 and go to business school. Have two kids by the time you are 33, the only two you will have. Become CFO of a publicly traded company. Retire then become a VC. Well, guess what sweetie? You’ve already met your husband and at some point you will decide that you don’t like finance enough to be a CFO and that you love traveling so much that you wait a long time to have kids. Yeah, so what’s the point? Plans are great to have but having some flexibility will give you opportunities that will change your life in ways you could not imagine. Your life has been marked by overcoming obstacles that would make others crumble but its only been in preparation of what is to come. Don’t stop pushing yourself to do the thing that people said you couldn’t do. And don’t be afraid to ask for help more often. There are some amazing trailblazers out there just waiting to take you under their wing. Finally, always remember to pay it forward and help the next person in line. The lives that you touch while doing whatever you decide to do will be your most meaningful accomplishments.