A page-turning narrative about Marissa Mayer's efforts to remake Yahoo as well as her own rise from Stanford University undergrad to CEO of a $30 billion corporation by the age of 38.
When Yahoo hired star Google executive Mayer to be its CEO in 2012 employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California headquarters. On them there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But one year later, Mayer sat in front of those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room and, behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing?
MARISSA MAYER AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE YAHOO! is the inside story of how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place, Marissa Mayer's controversial rise at Google, and her desperate fight to save an Internet icon.
In August 2011 hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb took a long look at Yahoo and decided to go to war with its management and board of directors. Loeb then bought a 5% stake and began a shareholder activist campaign that would cost the jobs of three CEOs before he finally settled on Google's golden girl Mayer to unlock the value lurking in the company. As Mayer began to remake Yahoo from a content company to a tech company, an internal civil war erupted.
In author Nicholas Carlson's capable hands, this riveting book captures Mayer's rise and Yahoo's missteps as a dramatic illustration of what it takes to grab the brass ring in Silicon Valley. And it reveals whether it is possible for a big lumbering tech company to stay relevant in today's rapidly changing business landscape.
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About the Author
Nicholas Carlson is Business Insider's chief correspondent. His investigative reporting rewrote the histories of Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon. His coverage of Yahoo won Digiday's award for "Best Editorial Achievement" of the year. Carlson is a frequent guest on CNBC and contributes to the Bloomberg biography series, Game Changers.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Bobbie Had a Nickel 1
Part 1 25
Chapter 1 Sparky's Big Machine 27
Chapter 2 The Mogul 52
Chapter 3 Bear Hugs and Poison Pills 95
Chapter 4 F-Bombs Away 117
Part 2 133
Chapter 5 Painfully Shy 135
Chapter 6 User Friendly 145
Part 3 177
Chapter 7 Win Win Win 179
Chapter 8 Bully Pulpit 195
Chapter 9 The CEO Has No Clothes 207
Chapter 10 The Unicorn 219
Part 4 239
Chapter 11 HOPE 241
Chapter 12 Time to Shine? 277
Chapter 13 Failing Fast 306
Epilogue: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Marissa? 317
Afterword: The Long, Profitable Death of Yahoo 328
A Note on Sources 335
About the Author 362
What People are Saying About This
Nicholas Carlson has written the inside story of one of the most fascinating tech leaders of our time, Marissa Mayer, and one of the most frustrating Internet giants of our time, Yahoo. This is a fast-paced, compelling, and detailed account of Mayer's valiant efforts to turn round a company and culture that helped create the Internet as we know it... --Richard Wolffe, executive editor, MSNBC.com, and author of The Message
Before there was Google or Facebook or even Amazon, there was Yahoo. It was the Internet to many in the 1990s. But it has been sick for more than a decade. In this fascinating, deeply reported tale, Nicholas Carlson, for the first time, tells us why. It's an astonishing story of mistakes and missed opportunities polluted by a startling lack of vision almost from the beginning. If you want to understand what truly scares big shots running companies in Silicon Valley, read this book. They all worry about becoming Yahoo. --Fred Vogelstein, author of Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, and contributing editor, Wired magazine
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very entertaining book. Well written and easy to read for the professional investor or for someone not as knowledgeable about company structure, M&A, strategic development and corporate politics. It offers great perspective on an important part in the development of Silicon Valley with insights on the many companies that forged the technology market, in particular Yahoo. I highly recommend this book.