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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Carlson Narrator: Kiff VandenHeuvel Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781478900672
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A page-turning warts-and-all narrative about Marissa Mayer’s efforts to remake Yahoo as well as her own rise from Stanford University undergrad to CEO of a $30 billion corporation by the age of thirty-eight.

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its CEO in 2012, employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo’s California headquarters. On them was Mayer’s face and one word: hope.

Just over a year later—on November 4, 2013—Mayer sat in front of those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo’s campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room; and behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing?

Nicholas Carlson’s fast-paced narrative is the inside story of Mayer’s controversial rise at Google, her desperate fight to save an Internet icon, and how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once, Yahoo was king of the Internet. Over its two decades, Yahoo recruited able leaders who, despite previous successes, stumbled. Sometimes they were at fault. Sometimes they were defeated by forces Hercules could not control. Among the many virtues of this book is that Nick Carlson strives to understand, not punish, the amazing cast of characters in this long-playing drama. Memories will linger long after this roller coaster stops.”

    Ken Auletta, New York Times bestselling author of Three Blind Mice

  • “Carlson draws a compelling picture of an ambitious engineer uncomfortable in the spotlight but determined to excel. The narrative has the pace and pop of an exposé, and readers will find themselves both rooting for and against this complicated leader, whose confident, self-promoting behavior, Carlson points out, is not considered unusual for an executive—assuming that said executive is a man. Exciting and informative and necessary reading for Silicon Valley junkies.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The inside story of the cult of personality that surrounds the leadership of Silicon Valley’s technology behemoths…A well-researched, up-to-date story about a fight to define one famous company’s future.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Business & Investing
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About the Author
Nicholas Carlson is Business Insider's chief correspondent. His investigative reporting re-wrote the histories of Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon. His coverage of Yahoo won Digiday's award for "Best Editorial Achievement" of the year. Carlson is a frequent guest on CNBC and contributes to the Bloomberg biography series, Game Changers.
About the Narrator

Kiff VandenHeuvel, voice talent and audiobook narrator, is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is an alumni of the Second City comedy theater. He is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voice-over, improv, and directing at Second City Hollywood. He has appeared in hundreds of television and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite.