Newly-appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

“I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users.”—Newly-appointed  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer commenting on her new role at the battered Internet company.

“In hiring a 37-year-old pregnant woman as CEO, Yahoo is sending a message loud and clear: ‘We want the best and brightest female minds in tech, and we are committed to making Yahoo a company whose culture attracts you, retains you and promotes you. You could be CEO of this company some day.‘”—GeekWire columnist Sasha Pasulka in a guest post titled “The meaning of Marissa Mayer: How Yahoo’s new CEO has already shifted the tide.”

“We like to have fun here.”—Double Down Interactive president Glenn Walcott explaining why the Seattle gaming company decided to give away free ice cream to Seattleites in order to celebrate the hiring of its 100th employee.

“While we have taken immediate steps to remedy this problem, we deeply regret that this error occurred and we apologize for it.”—A Microsoft statement explaining how a technical error led to the company not offering consumers in Europe a choice of browsers in Windows 7 as laid out in a settlement it had struck previously with the European Union.

“We are now opening formal proceedings against the company. If following our investigation, this breach is confirmed – and Microsoft seems to acknowledge the facts here – this could have severe consequences.”—European competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia in a statement responding to the oversight by Microsoft.

“Maybe leotards. Nose plugs are optional”—Synapse mechanical engineer Zebrick Roach discussing the company’s office Olympics, which includes a synchronized wall climb where participants perform routines on the company’s rock climbing wall.

“I wouldn’t bet against Amazon in their attempt to build a phone to take on iPhone and Android. Those folks ship!”—Darren Kochansky ‏on Twitter talking about reports that Amazon.com may launch its own smartphone.

“Not excusing it, because it was juvenile. But let’s not extrapolate from one moron to all male coders or worse (Microsoft’s) employee population generally. And I think most men in 2012 understand that this and other sexist behavior is inappropriate.”—A GeekWire reader responding to a mini-controversy that erupted when a developer inserted the phrase “big boobs” into some Microsoft software code.

Comments

  • Peter H

    Dissapointing to see that you chose as a pullquote Sasha Pasulka’s artcle, which has been widely panned by Geekwire commenters. Among the critiques: “(the piece is) is prejudice, biased, and massively generalized. Really, Geekwire, this isn’t up to your standards.”
    Still unanswered from that irresponsible piece:
    — How is Mayer’s appointment more tide-changing than that of Carol Bartz .. who earned the Femal Tech CEO headline 20 years in advance of Mayer?
    — Is Yahoo’s board really trying to send a socio-political message with this hire (as your pullquote claims), or are they just trying to get the best person available?
    All of the coverage here seems spawned by excitement that a glamorous woman earned this role. Are we really supposed to get excited by coverage of glamour and gender, rather than qualifications and merits?

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