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Jerry Yang wipes his hands and leaves Yahoo

11:16 pm on Jan 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Jerry Yang wipes his hands and leaves Yahoo; is a sale imminent? [news.yahoo.com]

Yahoo has announced that Jerry Yang has resigned from his position with the Board of Directions, as well as with the boards of Yahoo Japan and Alibaba.

“My time at Yahoo, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. However the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo. As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo leadership team, to guide Yahoo into an exciting and successful future,” Yang wrote in a statement to the board.

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10:49 am on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Report: Other Yahoo Board Members to Follow Yang Out The Door [allthingsd.com]
According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is just the first shoe to drop in what is shaping up to be what looks like a large exodus of board members from the Silicon Valley Internet company.

Sources said four other directors will also step down soon. As I wrote last week, in a post suggesting Yang might also go, the prime candidates to go appear to be: Chairman Roy Bostock, Arthur Kern, Vyomesh Joshi, and Gary Wilson.

Perhaps this is exactly what Yahoo neeeds.
12:16 pm on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Will someone be left behind to clean up the slurp?
4:27 pm on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo should have taken Microsoft's 46 billion dollar buyout when they had the chance.
6:21 pm on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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He cast a giant shadow in his day. He will always remain an internet pioneer.
11:28 pm on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Perhaps when nobody knows what is the name, business model and direction of this pieced together, VC-financed, and showered with millions of dollars of wild banner ad money "advertising" company...it is time to hang your shoes and quietly leave with enough cash to start something else.

Sequoia Capital, the firm which had invested in Apple, Atari, Oracle and Cisco agreed to fund Yahoo! with an initial investment of around $2 million. Jerry and David hired Tim Koogle, an alumnus of Stanford and working in Motorola, as Chief Executive officer of Yahoo! and Jeffrey Mallett of Novell as Chief Operating Officer. After receiving another funding in 1995 from Softbank and Reuters Ltd., Yahoo! came out with its initial public offering (IPO) on 12th April, 1996. At tat time Yahoo! had only 49 employees. Yahoo! raised $33.8 million from the IPO by selling 2.6 million shares at $13 each.

Yahoo! started diversifying into Web portal just like other search engines and web directories were doing. The Web portal providers were acquiring companies to increase the number of services being offered by them. This was being done so that the user spends maximum time possible on the portal. Yahoo! acquired "Four11" in 1997 and the mail service being provided by Four11, Rocketmail, became now famous Yahoo! Mail. Yahoo! Games was a result of acquisition of "ClassicGames.com". In 1998 Yahoo! acquired Yoyodyne Entertainment Inc., a direct marketing company and acquired "GeoCities" which is a web hosting provider. "eGroups" became Yahoo! Groups after being acquired by Yahoo! in 2000.

To enhance the search services being provided by it, Yahoo! started acquiring other search engines. It acquired "Inktomi" in December 2002, "Overture Services Inc" and its subsidiaries "AltaVista" and "AlltheWeb" in July 2003.

Yahoo! acquired HotJobs , the job-related site, in 2002

Yahoo! purchased the photo sharing service "Flickr" on 20th March, 2005.

Yahoo! acquired "blo.gs", a RSS feed based service. "Upcoming.org", a social event calendar site was bought by Yahoo! on 4th October, 2005. Yahoo! took acquisition of "del.icio.us", a social bookmark site on 9th December and acquired playlist sharing community "webjay" in 2006 January.

7:59 pm on Jan 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Its a sad day when a founder is forced out of his company.........

It happened to me and it only hits you later. Here is something you started and you are considered surplus to requirements. I guess thats why we all loved Steve Jobs, he was the one that stuck it up the corparate asses that got him fired to replace him with Pepsi.....

He was the one that came back and took back over the company he started and turned it around. Jerry Yang may yet do the same.....
3:39 pm on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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^ except steve was taking his company to the bottom of the ocean. He also hired that pepsi guy........ I don't think anyone was being an ass when they fired the lunatic that was drilling holes in the ship.

He needed a cold slap in the face to put his feet back on the ground.

I don't love him by any stretch.
3:11 am on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have a love hate relationship with Yahoo, but there is no doubt that it will leave a big legacy behind if and when it dies.

I don't know why Yahoo didn't try turn into a Facebook soon - come out with a Google+ before Google.

I guess when you get to big, the bureaucratic stuff just makes you move too slow. They need to be leaned out and made far more agile if they are going to survive.
7:46 am on Jan 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The legacy of Yahoo's founder is the lack of speed to innovation and ridiculous delay to Yang's exit.

I will always remember Yahoo for rolling over to be "Powered by Google," and its failure to go international like Adsense with international publishers.