· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · June
· · · · 24 (2 entries)

Jerry Yang · Yahoo’s new CEO sure hasn’t been get­ting much re­spec­t, I’m not gonna link to the put-downs but you’ve prob­a­bly seen them. I think most of these peo­ple don’t know Jer­ry. Back in the mid-Nineties, I got to know him pret­ty well when my then-employer Open Text had a Ya­hoo part­ner­ship. I quick­ly be­came con­vinced that even if he hadn’t stum­bled in­to the Ya­hoo di­rec­to­ry rocket-ride (it used to be a di­rec­to­ry, any­one re­mem­ber?) Jer­ry would have had a bril­liant busi­ness ca­reer. He’s smart and a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor and open-minded and re­al­ly un­der­stands the Web bet­ter than any dozen griz­zled se­nior busi­ness type­s. In terms of generic-executive skill­s, prob­a­bly he learned a lot from Semel and his pre­de­ces­sor Tim Koogle. I think a bet against Ya­hoo and Jer­ry might not be very smart right around now.
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