This will be fun. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz will be on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York next week for a one on one “fireside chat” with me. She’ll be coming to the event just after a press conference Yahoo is holding on Monday morning.
We’ll have lots to talk about. Yahoo’s stock price has increased since she took over the CEO role from cofounder Jerry Yang in January 2009, but the company’s valuation is still far short of the $40+ billion that Microsoft offered in early 2008.
I have been one of Bartz’s biggest critics over the last year, chronicling the executive team revolving door, Yahoo’ lack of a coherent product strategy and a few other jabs as well. It says a lot that she’s willing to appear on stage with me and talk about all these issues and more.
There are just a handful of tickets left for TechCrunch Disrupt. We’ll also be livestreaming the entire event for those who cannot attend. You can watch the live feed at disrupt.techcrunch.tv, (link not active until May 24), and get all our coverage of the event here on TechCrunch.
On January 13th, 2009, Carol Bartz was named CEO of Yahoo, succeeding outgoing CEO & Founder Jerry Yang, and she held this position until September 6, 2011. Prior to joining Yahoo as CEO, Carol Bartz was executive chairman of the board of Autodesk, Inc. Bartz was chairman, president and CEO of Autodesk for 14 years and stepped down in April 2006. During her tenure, the company diversified its product line and grew revenues from $285 million to $1.523 billion in...