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Yahoo CEO Asked About CS Degree in 2009 Interview

theodp (442580) writes | more than 2 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "ITConversations' Dr. Moira Gunn spoke at length with Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson back in 2009, and the conversation turned to Thompson's now-known-to-be-nonexistent CS degree. Might have been a good time for Thompson to set the record straight, but here's how things went. GUNN: "Your bachelor's degree is in accounting and computer science. Now, from both of those, I mean that's...pretty obvious that's PayPal. What are the most important things you learned?" THOMPSON: "Yeah. You know, I think, and 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, okay, 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, uh, and I think that's really the wonderful part of being an engineer is you think that way." AllThingsD's Kara Swisher is holding Yahoo PR's feet-to-the-fire on the interview, arguing that 'while it is entirely possible that Thompson did not correctly grok what Gunn was saying, it seems pretty clear he implied his college background was in tech and he was an engineer.'"

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