The Best Lessons From Marissa Mayer

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Marissa Mayer is the CEO of Yahoo. Marissa previously was a VP at Google and led the product management of Google Maps for Mobile, Local Search, Google Earth, Street View and more. She joined Google in 1999 as employee number 20 and she was the company’s first female engineer. After more than 13 years at Google, she became the CEO of Yahoo on the 16th of July 2012.

She’s also currently on the board of directors of Yahoo, Wallmart and Jawbone. Marissa is probably the most powerful woman in tech and her work at Yahoo is showing us why she is. With an engineering background, she knows what she talks about and is able to see where and how to lead a huge tech corporation such as Yahoo. In the last year and half, the stock price has doubled and she has acquired more than thirty companies.

In the past months we have been fans of her turnaround strategy, which is gaining the momentum that Yahoo lost in the last years. She’s also an angel investor, with a portfolio of more than ten companies including Square, Minted and Airtime. Marissa Mayer got a B.S. in Symbolic Systems at Stanford and a M.S. in Computer Science.

Yahoo made a remarkable decision by hiring a pregnant woman under 40. After more than a year, it seems it’s turning to be the best decision the board of directors has made in the last years. The company is growing by acquiring value and creating new products, led by one of the people who were part of the web 2.0 revolution.

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Edoardo Moreni

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