Breaking up is hard to do – Yahoo’s Yang

May 29, 2008

Yahoo_YangGetting jilted by your girlfriend. That’s how Yahoo’s Jerry Yang described the falling out with Microsoft mid-negotiations during the most highly anticipated session at D: All Things Digital conference.

How does it feel being left at the altar?
From AllThingsD’s live blog:

Yang: It’s like when you break up with your girlfriend in high school. It very quickly becomes he-said/she-said. I don’t want to look back. But I think we both understand that there is a tremendous amount of power in a combination like the one Microsoft proposed.

Despite the public drubbing for driving Microsoft away, Yang maintains he’s still the best person to lead Yahoo. And not just because he bleeds purple.

Why Yang’s the right person at the right time
From paidContent’s live blog:

Yang: I do think I am the best person to lead Yahoo, not only because I bleed purple and bleed Yahoo. There is a big opportunity to fulfill at Yahoo…I also felt it was my time to take the company to the next level. In so many ways, the right leadership team, with Sue (Decker, president) and (co-founder David) Filo, we can achieve that dream. I feel like I am most passionate and have the vision of where we want to be. We are starting to show that Yahoo can be on this past to be a different entity…”

What the hell happened?
From Cnet:

Sue Decker: We never got through the price door. There was a lot that wasn’t finished. Price really was the first one.

How Yahoo lost its way

Decker:  I think as a company we have made a few mistakes. We were really close in those early years to the users, over time we started organizing around the products. 

(Photo: Reuters)

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