Marissa Mayer Tells Yahoos To Keep On Keepin’ On In First Memo

    July 20, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Earlier this week, ex-Googler Marissa Mayer was announced at Yahoo’s new President on CEO – a move that surprised plenty of people. Mayer was Google’s 20th employee, its first female engineer, and instrumental in developing many of the company’s most popular features.

Now, she has plenty of work to do to resurrect Yahoo to its once-mighty status. Oh, and she’s going to have to do that while raising a newborn baby.

Kara Swisher over at AllThingsD has obtained Mayer’s first company-wide memo to “Yahoos,” and the main message that the new CEO gives is that nobody needs to stop doing what they’re doing.

“Keep moving,” she says emphatically:

The company has been through a lot of change in the past few months, leaving many open questions around strategy and how to move forward. I am sensitive to this. While I have some ideas, I need to develop a more informed perspective before making strategy or direction changes. In the meantime, please do not stop. You are doing important work. Please don’t stop. If you have questions or concerns about whether to continue or not, please ask. However, with the exception of a few things that might heavily constrain us in the future, the answer is most likely: “Yes, keep moving.”

Mayer continued on to talk about Yahoo’s history, saying “Yahoo! is an Internet icon — in terms of brand, reach, user following, in its products and service. There is an enormous amount of opportunity in front of us.”

While this memo is internal, Mayer has already gone external and taken to Twitter to speak nice about her new company. Surprisingly, the first Yahoo product that he spoke positively about was search.

  • http://www.googlesucks.com Tominguez

    I’m sure she has something food coming, I already switched my 4 browser engines to bing, yahoo, ask and one to google, just to see how much irrelevant paid links they still push to users. I really can’t wait to see yahoo big again, bing is coming strong and ask is pretty nice, I hope blekko speeds up as well. Is it true that yahoo may also add a shopping feed for merchants now that google screwed everyone? That could be so amazing, a lot of content for yahoo made by merchants and enjoyed by shoppers. Go Marissa!!

  • wilner

    Ms. Mayer, please improve YahooMail. I was an ardent YahooMail user until Gmail came along. Let’s improve YahooMail until it is on par with Gmail. Otherwise, YahooMail will continue to bleed users as they bolt for Gmail.

  • wilner

    Let’s hope Marissa can make Yahoo a contender again.
    I certainly am not the only one who feels that there must be alternatives to a Google-centric web. It’s getting a bit tiring to have only one main Internet company, just like there was only one PC company until Apple up-ended MS’s reign.