SAN FRANCISCO– While the rest of the internet has fretted over Yahoo’s new logo, Marissa Meyer is more interested in the substance of the company.
“We’re happy with the logo, but for us, the focus is really on the product.”
Yahoo’s new CEO sat down with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today to discuss her time in the top office at Yahoo more than a year into her reign. Overall, her reign as CEO seems to be a net positive for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company. Their stock is up, and according to new numbers she mentioned on stage, Yahoo is now seeing 800 million monthly active users (not counting users of Tumblr), and 12,000 job applications a month, roughly equivalent to the size of the company.
Mayer estimated that getting Yahoo to grow will still take several years of work, because they need to build four key areas of the company: people, products, traffic and revenue. She pointed out that in many cases, you need to build one before the other.
“You have to get the right people there, before you can build the right products,” Mayer said. “And the products have to be good, otherwise users don’t come and actually use them.”
While turning around the former search titan is hard work, Mayer said that she’s still having a good time.
“I am as happy, if not happier at Yahoo,” she said.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.