Our latest group of Free Agents—executives we interview who are thinking about their next gigs—includes a striking number of high-profile people who’ve had success in the past but recently fell short of their ambitions.
Jason Kilar, who made his name launching Hulu, raised more than $100 million for his video startup which ended up going nowhere. Marissa Mayer came into Yahoo in 2012 with the directive of turning around the troubled company, only to meekly reach a deal to sell it to Verizon recently. Tony Fadell sold his company Nest to Google for $3.2 billion, but it struggled internally, product rollouts trickled and he abruptly left. Mr. Bain is something of an exception, succeeding at building Twitter’s ad business but not managing to solve the company’s core issues of slow user growth.