Marissa Mayer has been in the limelight almost a year since retiring as Yahoo CEO in June 2017.
But Mayer has not landed in any island resort or mansion district in the country. She was in an office in Palo Alto, the same office where she started her 13-year career with Google in 1999, according to a New York Times interview with Mayer on Wednesday.
"Here also PayPal started a lot of good juju here," Mayer told The Times.
Mayer says she runs a lab in the room called Lumi Labs – named after the Finnish word for snow. Wisconsin, 42, says she has "some ideas in the consumer area" and is still in the brainstorming phase as she meets with other founders to learn about the industry.
Mayer expressed little regret over her experience as CEO of Yahoo, which has since been bought by Verizon and renamed as Eid. Mayer also said she left Google for Yahoo because she had "great respect" for the Sunnyvale-based company that was "the Internet" in the late 1990s.
In June 2017, Mayer resigned from Yahoo when Verizon took over the Internet pioneer for $ 4.5 billion. She handed over control to former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and received $ 23 million in a severance package.
"I'm proud of what we've achieved on Yahoo," said Mayer. "That is, we had a rapidly decaying legacy business, and all we really did was make up for the declines."
Mayer revealed that she understood that Yahoo's time was Google's dominant search engine giant , her former employer, was illegally appropriated. 19659003] "I would say one of my key insights from Yahoo is that timing is everything," Mayer told The New York Times. "There was a time when Yahoo's offerings could consume hours a day, and it was very hard to regain that moment." We were able to do the products really well, but regain the contextual relevance that Yahoo had achieved in 1999 and early 2000, was difficult. "
Mayer, Google's first engineer, also weighed the #Metoo movement in which women brought men to power for sexual harassment and assault. She said she would like to talk about a "longer-term view" that allows Silicon Valley to "focus on it, solve the problems, and move on from them."
"What we do not want to do is discourage the next group of executives, entrepreneurs and executives from entering the field at all," said Mayer. "I do not want us to turn around in 15 years and how" wait, how come there are so few women in all these companies? Oh, right, it's because in the summer of 2018, all this happened and people made quite different career choices. "