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Marissa Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo.What is she going to do with the company? We don’t know. She might not know.
She just landed the job Monday afternoon. She starts on Tuesday morning.
However, we can get a clue about what she thinks is interesting in the tech industry by looking at where she’s invested her own personal money.
Via Crunchbase, and a quick search through Google, we’ve grabbed the companies she invested in.
Brit Morin's startup is an online media company that's supposed be like Martha Stewart 2.0. Mayer was an investor, and it's one of the few media-oriented investments she's made.
Airtime is the video chat service from from Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning. With those two at the helm, it's no wonder she wanted to invest. The service had a high profile launch but has so far been a flop with users. It's like Chatroulette but run through Facebook.
One Kings Lane is generating over $100 million in revenue from flash sales of home decor. Marissa is an investor.
Square is one of the hottest, most exciting companies in the Valley. It's run by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey and it's trying to change how people pay for stuff. It started with a little plastic dongle which turned iPhones into cash registers. Now it's trying to overhaull all cash registers. Mayer was an early backer.
This one is quite different from the rest, and not well known. On Google+ she calls it, 'one of my longest running angel investments.' Here's what it does according to its website, 'The mission of Natera is to help doctors give couples the best chance of having a healthy child. Our company was formed in 2004 by a team of doctors, geneticists, statisticians, and software engineers who embarked on developing a technology, called Parental Support, to enable highly reliable testing of multiple genes and chromosome copy number from a single cell.'
It's pretty hard to look at this list and say Mayer gravitates towards one thing or another. This is probably good for Yahoo, because it means she's open to any good business.
If you know about other startups she invested in, let us know in the comments.