What’s a big executive hire like Yahoo tapping Google’s Marissa Mayer without a look at what Silicon Valley has to say on Twitter? Mayer, who was Google’s 20th employee, started us off with her own 140-character announcement:
Mayer, who was also Google’s first female employee, resigned from the company Monday and is said to start work as Yahoo’s president and chief executive Tuesday. Yahoo, who has been in desperate need of the right leadership, may have just gotten the person it needs to turn itself around. The company recently let go of over 2,000 employees and fired its last CEO, Scott Thompson, for lying about his education.
The Twittersphere seems to agree that Mayer is the right choice for the job. Here are a few of our Silicon Valley favorites chatting about Mayer’s lastest move on Twitter:
Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, tweets: ” Yeah yeah yeah new Microsoft Office. HOLY SHIT Marissa Mayer running Yahoo.”
- Followed by: “That awkward moment when Yahoo starts being able to retain and hire engineering talent.”
Chris Sacca, an investor and former Google employee, tweets: “Holy shit, yes! @MarissaMayer as CEO of Yahoo! Loved working with her at Google. If anyone can pull it off, she can.”
Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, tweets: “@MarissaMayer congratulations on the new role for one of the valley’s brightest minds.”
Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post tweets: “Great news for women… congrats to new Yahoo CEO @MarissaMayer!”
Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, tweets: “OMG this is so awesome. Google’s Marissa Mayer Tapped as Yahoo’s Chief”
Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, tweets: “THRILLED that @MarissaMayer is now running @Yahoo. It’s the perfect fit. Congrats Marissa!”
Emily Chang of Bloomberg West tweets: “On Charlie Rose, @marissamayer once said her childhood dream was to be either a neurosurgeon or CEO…of Disney”
Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineLand tweets: “Wow. @MarissaMayer to head Yahoo? There may be hope. That puts ex-Googlers running AOL, Facebook, too”
Stephen Lau, a project engineer working on Google Glass, tweets: “What the. I don’t even.”
Gavin Newsom, former San Francisco mayor, tweets: “Congrats @MarissaMayer ! Will be fascinating to watch the direction Yahoo takes now.”
Robert Scoble tweets: “Wow, HUGE news for Yahoo AND Silicon Valley… Marissa Mayer is a coder and now is CEO of Yahoo.”
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