|Marissa Meyer Outlines Some Of The CEO's Future Plans For Yahoo|
|New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took to the stage today at the Silicon Valley Internet company’s URL’s Café on its Sunnyvale, Calif., HQ campus to outline — in very broad strokes — her plans for the future. |
Very broad, as it turned out, and full of corporate bromides that many in attendance said were very well delivered by the former Google exec.
What she did not show, although Mayer had promised “an act of radical transparency”: Highly specific plans for overhauling search and email, as well as an in-process and dramatic home page redesign. She also said little about what she is going to do with Yahoo’s recent cash haul from its sale of part of its stake in China’s Alibaba.
Instead, it was big picture all the way, with a lot of small details. (It also bears a strong resemblance to plans once pushed by former product chief Blake Irving.)
Marissa Meyer Outlines Some Of The CEO's Future Plans For Yahoo [allthingsd.com]
Marissa could have been good for Yahoo if she had remained "scary" ( as I said at the time of her move ) this speech reads like she has looked at the patient and decided the disease is terminal, the decline is inevitable, but they will go down singing and smiling..
A comment on that thread said that Susan Wojcicki would have been a better choice..I agree 1000% ..but as she is IMO the most intelligent and business minded ( inventive, astute, and a superb psychologist, who has read the "users" and "webmasters" and "wall street" minds perfectly ) person at Google ( I include Larry and Sergey and later Eric, in "the pool" from which I make that comparison )..Susan Wojcicki is not going to another search engine or company while the triumvirate are there..she, more than they, is the reason for Google's success and dominance in advertising sponsored search..
Nothing like an internet Rock Star taking the stage to lift sagging spirits and whip the faithful into a frenzy.
If anyone could turn things around its her, problem is the clock is ticking and it all seems a little hazy.
Future plans ....!?...whats for the upliftment of 'status quo' for yahoo. Not impressive indeed.
- Lalit Kumar
Just when I was getting a good feeling about her hire, I ran across the following quote in a FORBES article when she joined the Board of directors of Wal-Mart earlier this year ---
|"I am very excited to be nominated for the Wal-Mart board," said Mayer in statement. "I have long been a customer and admirer of the company. Wal-Mart is an amazing story of entrepreneurship and, as one of the world’s most powerful brands, touches millions of lives every day. |
As far as the corporate page of the Wal-Mart website says, she is still on the board (and her pic has been updated with the "President and CEO of Yahoo!, Inc" title)...
...IMO that's a definite negative for Yahoo!
Allthingsd.com is obsessing on all the things Yahoo should have worked on five years ago. That shortsighted attitude rightfully earns them the title of lamestream so often flung at the news media. Mayer has business foresight. Yahoo is focusing on the future, which is Mobile.
|Mayer has business foresight. |
I hope her foreseen future for the past year went something like: "I'll take a seat on Wal-Mart's board. I'll be seen as Fortune 100 CEO material. I'll land a fat CEO job. I'll dump that cheap-crap-made-for-trailer-trash-retailer and maybe nobody will remember".