"I joke that my son is about as old as my tenure here," says Marissa Mayer, the president and CEO of Yahoo. "He showed up when I was about eight weeks in. And I just have this vision that when he gets older, we're going to have these conversations where he's going to be like, 'Okay, so, Mom, your whole career was about search. Tell me what it was like.' advertisement advertisement And I'm going to be like, 'Well, there was this web, and we'd crawl it, and rank it really well, and then phones came along. Smartphones! And we just took what we were doing and shrunk it down.' And he's going to be like, 'Really? That was the plan?' " Mayer is perched on a chair in a conference room in Building D at Yahoo's Sunnyvale, California, headquarters. With her MacBook and iPhone, a small ceramic dish of blueberries, and a bottle of Oi Ocha green tea before her, she's explaining how imperative it is that her company figure out how to matter to consumers and marketers in the mobile era. It will be many years before her son, Macallister Bogue, interrogates her on the subject: He is not… Read full this story
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