Interview: Meg Whitman

By Romano, Lois | Newsweek, May 30, 2011 | Go to article overview
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Interview: Meg Whitman

Romano, Lois, Newsweek

Byline: Lois Romano

The former eBay chief and California gubernatorial candidate on the brutality of politics--and how she was proved right on Skype.

Have you recovered from the campaign?

Mostly. November and December were very tough.

Were you surprised with how ugly the race became?

It's politics. I knew what I was getting into. But it's still hurtful. It's tough on you, tough on the family. It's not an easy thing. I knew what it was intellectually, but emotionally it was harder than you think.

Do you think you'll run for public office again?

I doubt it.

Gov. Jerry Brown is being credited with reducing the California budget deficit. What would you have done differently?

My approach was to reduce spending, reduce size of government, reform pensions, and reform a lot of programs that had gotten to be so expensive. I would not have raised taxes.

You have a new job with Kleiner Perkins, the venture-capital firm.

My job is to help with digital investments and also coach and mentor CEOs and founders because very few people have scaled companies the way I did at eBay, from $7 million to nearly $8 billion in revenues, and 30 employees to 15,000.

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