“The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has lied about receiving a computer science degree. Or at any rate he’s never corrected his biographical information that includes that information, and it’s nearly impossible to believe that he simply never noticed it.
The allegation was first raised by Third Point LLC, a Yahoo shareholder, in a letter to the board of directors earlier today (embedded here).
Yahoo confirmed the accuracy of the allegation, calling it an “inadvertent error.”
I’m sure that was a fun conversation.
“Um, hey, Scott, did you just make up that part on your resume where you said you had a computer science degree? I’m only asking because our shareholders and all the press are asking, and this might make us look simultaneously dishonest and stupid if it’s true. There also might be a few lawsuits or something.”
“Oh, you did make that up? Ok. Well, I’ll just issue a statement that it was an inadvertent error for now. I’m sure this will blow over.”
“Oh! It’s nearly 5 pm. Quittin time! Good luck with all this, Scott.”
Thompson has to go. I wouldn’t even take a phone call from that guy at this point. The kind of people who lie on their resume…those people don’t belong in Silicon Valley.
You can’t PR your way out of this, Yahoo. This is conduct unbecoming of a public company CEO, or anyone else who wants to be taken seriously.