I have no idea how she's remotely qualified to lead a struggling company, but I don't really get the West Coast tech business.
Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. More recently, Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was put in charge of the company’s location and local services, including Google Maps, overseeing more than 1,000 product managers. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Wow. I am speechless. There is probably no better person on earth to light a user- and product-focused fire under Yahoo. But the risk, the risk for her is just stunning. Huge props to her for making the leap from what must be a very comfortable Google and for the board for finding a stunning candidate to lead the revival of Yahoo.
(Edit: my definition of risk is lost time and missed opportunity. She's not going to suffer in compensation or reputation.)
"From the article:
"Ms. Mayer had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images."
All of which still look and behave kind of like a developer made them in their spare time. ....
Yahoo, have you learned nothing from the success of Apple?"
I want to say that as a UX designer this sort of thinking always pisses me off. So what if it's unadorned? So what if it looked "underbaked?" Is it USEFUL? Can people get stuff done by using it? Does the interface stay out of the way of the user so they can complete their task? Does it make the user happy and want to use it again?
Yeah, when we respect Steve Jobs, it's good. When we are forced to respect data, it's bad.
Ad hominem: So does anyone have an idea on what she could possibly do to save Yahoo?
She is going to lay off a significant percentage of the staff to make it more attractive as an acquisition, then sell it to MS or Google. I'm really do think she was selected for her ties to google. She might just pull a fuck you and sell to MS, they are probably still interested.
CheeseDigestsAll: Second, if you recall, Google propped up Yahoo in the past. They actually like competition because it makes their lives simpler not having to worry about exercise of monopoly power.
GuyZero: They don't want Yahoo to fail; they want it to remain a minority player.
or possibly because Google's senior executives are not all psychopathic assholes. Maybe they're actually friendly towards both her and Yahoo outside of work hours?
Name one thing Yahoo shipped this year.
She is exactly what that place needs.
jaduncan: The Manchurian CEO?
New phrase for that: The Elop.
PenDevil: This is an Elop move.
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