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Yahoo! Boohoo!

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Unless you were born yesterday, you’ve probably heard about the death spiral that former internet great Yahoo! has commenced. In this blarticle from TechCrunch, “Former Yahoo Engineers Shed Light On Why Delicious And Other Acquisitions Failed“, a couple of quotes from former employees brought a tear to my eye.

…it does provide a picture of a company that bogged its acquired-startups down in its company’s administrative BS. As Chad Dickerson, former Yahoo developer evangelist and the current CTO of Etsy comments, “In my experience, entrepreneurs moving into Yahoo! often got stuck doing PowerPoints about “strategy” instead of writing code and shipping products.”

Elliott-McCrea writes: I recently pulled up a worklog I was keeping in 2008-2009, and I found 18 meetings scheduled over a 9 month period discussing why Flickr’s API was poorly designed and when we’d be shutting it down and migrating it to the YOS Web Services Standard.

What I’d like to know is: “Did any of the layers of corpo honchos have any conscious clue that the patriarchical and bureaucratic monster they brought to life was killing the golden goose?” What do you think?

Rude, Unsophisticated, Uncouth

September 18, 2010 2 comments

Via “11 True Stories Behind Tech’s Top Names“:

Yahoo is actually an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.” But according to the company, the team chose the name for its definition: “rude, unsophisticated, uncouth.”

Rude, Unsophisticated, Uncouth (RUU). I love it cuz I resemble that acronym (but not you, of course)! I gotta send a resume to Yahoo!. On second thought, nah. The vibrant and RUU-full Yahoo! no longer exists. From what I’ve seen and heard, I think it may have transformed into woeful Yahoo! I wish new CEO Marissa Mayer the best of luck in her effort to restore the company’s RUU-fulness.

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