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Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is in trouble for saying he has a computer science degree when he does not.Yahoo has defended Thompson by saying the inclusion of a CS degree in his bio was an “inadvertent mistake.”
The problem with that is that Thompson has been including a CS degree in his bio for years.
More damning: He’s also had a perfect opportunity to correct someone who asked him about getting the degree, and the most important things he learned.
Gunn: Your bachelor’s degree is in accounting and computer science. Now, from both of those, I mean that’s, that’s pretty obvious that’s Paypal. What are the most important things you learned?
Thompson: Yeah. You know, I think and I, I mention this to young kids when I’m on campus, and my son who I was just talking about at Santa Clara, what I’m happiest about in my background is if you work in technology you’re trained to solve problems.And that’s really it, you’re trained to pull apart very complex things and think about OK, how can I do this or how can I do that or how can I make it better?And that’s really the background that I have and it started back in my college days, and I think that’s really the wonderful part thing of being an engineer is you think that way.