Few people in Silicon Valley command more respect than Marissa Mayer. She’s known as a smart person who can make big things happen. Yahoo! shares recently hit an 18-month high as investors gained confidence in her abilities even while she opts to keep detailed plans under wraps. Still, there are naysayers. Business Insider suggests Yahoo’s board may have made a mistake hiring Mayer and plenty of people are making a stink about her work/home life. I personally don’t believe that the question we should be asking is whether or not Marissa is capable of making big things happen at Yahoo!—she is. The question is will she actually make big things happen. To help you make up your mind on the matter, our tech panelists are here to give you their two cents.
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She Has the Talent to Invent a New Future
No, of course she won’t. That’s why it’s called hyperbole. But can she turn Yahoo! around? Watching the Internet giant become a multinational in search of a business model is like watching your favourite rock band from high school put out a reunion album. You know they’ve probably got it in them, but you half-wonder if it’s worth it. Nostalgia and reality should never be in the same room. Marissa certainly has the talent and track record to move past all of that and invent a new future for Yahoo! We’ll know soon enough.
The Hype is Justified
There is hype around Marissa Mayer for a reason. She has created an amazing brand for herself. But no matter what label we try to stick on her–data geek, CEO Mom, media darling, or ball breaker–she continues to defy our expectations. Most importantly, innovative product design is in Marissa’s DNA and therefore a cornerstone of Yahoo!’s new strategy. When every decision is made with the product and customer in mind, that is always a recipe for success.
Give Her A Year to Prove Herself
We all have the ability to produce that “wow ...