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Marissa Mayer's Next Act Is Here


When Marissa Mayer decided to start her own company, after nearly five years as Yahoo's CEO and 13 years at Google, she turned to her rolodex of contacts. For a startup in its early stages, success often has less to do with what you're building than who is building it. And Mayer, one of Silicon Valley's marquee names, had a lot of numbers she could call. There are over 14,000 people stored in her iPhone. So it's not surprising that Mayer assembled a fine team at Lumi Labs.

Marissa Mayer is back with a new startup focusing on artificial intelligence


Marissa Mayer vanished from the Silicon Valley landscape two years ago when she resigned from Yahoo Inc. shortly after it was sold to Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.48 billion. Her tumultuous 5-year reign at the eponymous tech media company, on the heels of a historic run at Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL, -1.03% GOOG, -1.06% Google in the search division, made her one of the industry's most recognizable faces -- to her professional benefit and personal dismay. On Monday, at the Techonomy conference here, she resurfaced with a new startup and some pointed comments on the valley. Mayer was interviewed on stage for about 20 minutes by Techonomy founder and journalist David Kirkpatrick. Like Twitter Inc. TWTR, 0.82% Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, Mayer opposes automated ads from politicians, calling them "very dangerous."

Jack vs Musk: Alibaba CEO thinks Earth needs more heroes; SpaceX boss plans to master interplanetary SOS travel


SHANGHAI: Jack Ma believes artificial intelligence poses no threat to humanity, but Elon Musk called that "famous last words" as the billionaire tech tycoons faced off Thursday in an occasionally animated debate on futurism in Shanghai. The Chinese co-founder of Alibaba and the maverick industrialist behind Tesla and SpaceX frequently pulled pained expressions and raised eyebrows as they kicked off an AI conference with a dialogue that challenged attendees to keep up, veering from technology to Mars, death, and jobs. However, the hot topic in the hour-long talk was AI, which has provoked increasing concern among scientists such as late British cosmologist Stephen Hawking who warned that it will eventually turn on and "annihilate" humanity. "Computers may be clever, but human beings are much smarter," Ma said. "We invented the computer -- I've never seen a computer invent a human being."