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Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

by Nicholas Carlson

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455556625
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 888,220
File size: 1 MB

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

Acknowledgments 337

Bibliography 339

Index 348

About the Author 362

What People are Saying About This

Richard Wolffe

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,, and author of The Message

Fred Vogelstein

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

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