3 People Who Could Run StumbleUpon Tomorrow

Marissa Mayer

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StumbleUpon, the fast-growing social-discovery service, has lost cofounder Garrett Camp as CEO. And it’s just getting started finding his replacement, a company spokesperson told me.That doesn’t mean it has to lose a step.

There’s no shortage of talent on the market in Silicon Valley. Here are three choices:

  • Marissa Mayer. We’ve heard that the long-serving Google executive is eager to prove herself on her own. She was effectively demoted in a last year’s reorganization after Larry Page took over as CEO. With her search-products experience, she’d be a good fit for StumbleUpon’s business of helping people discover interesting things to read or watch. And having overseen groups as far flung as Sydney, Australia, and Zurich, Switzerland, she’s got the international experience StumbleUpon says it’s looking for in its next CEO. There’s also her undeniable charm and presence, which would be valuable in winning the often-overlooked StumbleUpon more press.
  • Former Digg CEO Jay AdelsonJay Adelson. He used to be CEO of Digg, a link-sharing service to which StumbleUpon is often compared. He was also chairman of online-video startup Revision3, which was just purchased by Discovery Communications. Online video is a big part of StumbleUpon’s plans for growth, and he knows the business of social discovery—heck, he all but created the category.
  • Rob Solomon, the former COO of Groupon. He presided over the daily-deals company during a period of hypergrowth and international expansion. Greylock VCRob Solomon (right) next to CEO Andrew Mason.And he’s used to working with entrepreneurial types (that’s Solomon, right, with Groupon CEO Andrew Mason). The only question is whether Solomon would see any upside in taking on StumbleUpon — he made a lot of money during his brief time at Groupon.

So there you go: Three great candidates to run StumbleUpon.

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