Marissa Mayer, President & CEO, Yahoo!, discusses how she plans to remake an internet giant. Mayer is in conversation with Steven Levy, Senior Writer, WIRED.
Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution for more than 25 years. Before joining WIRED in 2008, he was chief technology correspondent at Newsweek. He is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times best seller In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Other books include Insanely Great, on the history of Apple's Macintosh computer, and Hackers, which was named the best tech book of the PC era by PC Magazine.
Marissa Mayer is president and CEO of Yahoo!, a role she assumed in July 2012. Before that she spent 13 years at Google, having joined the company as a software engineer—employee number 20—in 1999. Mayer oversaw the explosive growth of Google Search and its extension into areas like image, book, and product search. She also led the development of many popular services, including Google News and Gmail, and is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design. From 2010 to 2012, she was vice president in charge of the company’s local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. Mayer earned her masters degree in computer science from Stanford, where she also taught programming. She serves on the boards of Walmart and several nonprofits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Ballet, and New York City Ballet.
Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer defends her decision to institute a controversial plan requiring employees to work on-site. Mayer argues that having workers in the office spurs discovery and innovation.