“I will literally look at my watch and say, ‘You can’t leave until time x. And if you’re still having a terrible time at time x, you can leave.’ ”
— Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, on her disciplined approach to her shyness at parties. In another interview with Vogue — the first one was in 2009, when she worked at Google — the 38-year-old comes across as a still-stylish energetic multitasker who just now happens to run a huge Silicon Valley company. Her husband, Zack Bogue, tells Vogue (no relation) that Mayer is “not as shy as she thinks she is.” Both Vogue profiles, by the way, mention her self-described shyness and parties she has thrown as she has established herself as the valley’s chic geek.
Other notable quotes and tidbits in the new profile, which at 3,000 words looks to be about double the length of the first:
- She says her now-famous ban on telecommuting is working, that emails on the company’s internal forum are more positive.
- The Wisconsin native says “I didn’t set out to be at the top of technology companies.”
- Naysayers — including our own Mike Cassidy — abound, but Mayer thinks Yahoo and Tumblr, which the Sunnyvale company bought in May for $1.1 billion, are a perfect fit. “I’ve never seen this kind of lock-and-key fit between two companies. Our demographic is older. Theirs is the youngest on the Web. “
- Finally, she repeats what she has publicly said is the key to Yahoo’s future success, a mantra that has so far inspired confidence on Wall Street: mobile. “E-mail, maps, weather, news, stock quotes, share photos, group communication, sports scores, games. You’re listening to what people do on their mobile phones. And it sounds like a list of what Yahoo does.”