Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.
The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google and was one of the few public faces of the company, is considered a surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors like Google and Facebook.
what was exactly her work and what has she acutally done for google and their products? anyhow, no use for her at this leftover from the dotcom era with no concrete products. yahoo never managed anything other than burning investor money just like aol.
10:08 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
11:57 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
>> this is not something that Google developed inhouse.
So what? most of their stuff was not developed in house.
>> Google's success compared to other search engines was really a marketing triumph based on the UI. The search results were not that different to other engines, what made G stand out was the clean user interface...
Agree to a point that their UI was better than others. But its the search RESULTS that matters to the searcher.
5:08 am on Jul 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think Y! needs someone who deeply understands search technology and UI and just sort of gets the web. Hollywood Semel never had a clue or a chance. Running AutoCad or whatever Bartz did is a lot different and requires a different mindset than a search company.
It seems like if Mayer Fails, then Y! has nobody to blame other than the board of directors or whoever really calls the shots there.
1:07 pm on Jul 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
There's an interesting article on Marissa Mayer at Business Insider. [businessinsider.com]
There are two views of former Google VP and new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the industry.
One is that she is a brand name product leader who played a crucial role in helping Google develop its most valuable business—search—and then went on to guide the development of several other popular products including Gmail, Google Maps, and Google News.
The other view, more common amongst long-time Googlers, is that Mayer is a publicity-craving, lucky early Googler, whose public persona outstripped her actual authority and power at the company, where she was once a rising star—thanks to a bullying managerial style—but had become marginalized over the past couple of years.
I have to wish her luck on turning around Yahoo. It's quite a bit different to starting new projects in a new business.
8:36 am on Jul 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
@engine Interesting bit of spin emerging then. Perhaps Dear Leader Larry and Google are worried that she could actually have a positive impact in Yahoo? I wonder if Google's "Knowledge Graph" will be circulated again on drool-proof press releases to technology journalists if Yahoo makes any moves in the Social Media sphere.
11:33 am on Jul 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm not sure it's spin, but it was an interesting read.
I remember working for a company director that most people in the office disliked as he came across a sharp and edgy, but, I got on well with him because he always told it as it was.
12:22 pm on Jul 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think it is going to get very messy, especially if she manages to make any successful changes in Yahoo. The big thing to watch, as a I mentioned earlier, would be Social Media moves. G+ is not exactly successful and it is like Dear Leader Larry and Google have almost bet the farm on this beating Facebook. However it hasn't so far and with Microsoft being involved with both Yahoo and Facebook to varying extents, Google has some real reasons to be worried. FB's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, is also an ex-Googler so perhaps Google is afraid that Marissa Mayer could have a similar level of success at the expense of Google.