Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang with sidekicks, and Sidekick (Photo: Megan McCarthy)
A release just went out over the wires: Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has left the company’s board, and all other positions within the company and its overseas properties, “effective today.” Mr. Yang stepped down as CEO in 2008 and was replaced by Read More
Just in time for a post-mortem on Carol Bartz’s tenure as CEO of Yahoo comes an interview with YouTube founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley in The New York Times about their plans to revamp Delicious. Even before her abrupt cellphone ouster by a bunch of “doofuses”–her words, not ours–Ms. Bartz was criticized for her “failure to innovate” or even capitalize on innovative acquisitions like Delicious and Flickr.
So what will Delicious look like under the leadership of Mr. Chen and Mr. Hurley, who purchased the bookmarking service after Yahoo threatened to shutter it or sell? According to AllThingsD’s Liz Gannes, “The new Delicious sounds a lot like the old Delicious brought up-to-date,” but that’s sort of the point. The need for a service like Delicious, the forward-thinking bookmarking site that never quite caught on outside early adopter circles, is heightened by the torrent of information flowing from social sites like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and more.
Freshly-ousted Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz gave an exclusive interview to Fortune‘s Patricia Sellers. With great candor, Ms. Bartz recounts both the lawyer-approved cellphone call from chairman Roy Bostock informing her she was axed (“I said, ‘Roy, I think that’s a script. Why don’t you have the balls to tell me yourself?’”) and her motivation behind breaking the news by dashing off an email to all 14,000 of Yahoo’s employees. Ms. Bartz summarized her feelings on the matter thusly, “These people fucked me over.”