Great read, though a lot of overlap with what’s been written before in Business Insider and other Marissa profiles:
In her first year, Mayer has made believers of some skeptics. She took Yahoo by storm. Another way of thinking about it is that she Googlized Yahoo. She got rid of the BlackBerrys, replacing them with iPhones and Androids. She started providing employees with free food, like every other Valley company. She instituted a process to allow employees to complain about bureaucracy. She started holding Friday-afternoon meetings called F.Y.I.’s, in which employees can ask whatever questions they choose of her and other executives. She took the stock price off Yahoo’s internal Web site, saying that she didn’t want employees to have a short-term focus. Her first hire from Google—indeed, her first hire at all—was a P.R. person, and the press about Yahoo has been mostly glowing. “She has almost single-handedly transformed the culture and made people proud to work there again,”
“The most common misunderstanding is that addiction refers to a state of physical dependence on a drug whereby discontinuing drug intake produces a withdrawal syndrome consisting of various somatic disturbances. Addiction is better defined as a behavioral syndrome where drug procurement and use seem to dominate the individual’s motivation and where the normal constraints on behavior are largely ineffective. This condition may or may not be accompanied by the development of physical dependence on the drug.”—It is all about motivation.
“This experience has connected us for life. Forever. More than all the papers, the vows, the promisses.”—My best friend about the experience of giving birth, shared with her husband and partner for 15 years.
“I was fighting a small fight of my own which wasn’t leading anywhere — but like a man with a bent spoon trying to dig through a cement wall I knew that a small fight was better than quitting: it kept the heart alive.”—Charles Bukowski
“There is no nirvana. There is no salvation. There is no afterlife. There is no rebirth. There is only immense knowledge - of the heart as well as the mind - and the potential for great discoveries, great adventures and a guarantee of more of the pain and and terror that make up so much of our short lives.”—The Rise of Endymion