Yahoo Retake

I’ve been thinking about that Yahoo post I wrote last week and wish now that I had not written it the way I did. It was a great example of style stomping on substance and I should have wrote that post just for the purpose of venting the frustration I feel with the company and never hit the publish button.

Given a time machine, here’s what I would have written instead, 2 posts:

1) A post dealing with the massive frustration that I and countless other Yahoo shareholders feel about the Microsoft deal gone bad.

2) I could have dug up some of my old posts on business development in big companies. The reason why big companies rarely partner successfully with smaller companies is the mismatch in both urgency and the scope that is required to make things interesting. This could be a good post if written in the context of a single company, such as Yahoo.

At any rate, I’ve had several people comment privately to me that even though I was aggressive I was substantively right on, but in the final equation that matters little because I felt wrong after reading it. I am turning off comments on this post because I did not write this for anyone to comment, this is me owning up to a mistake I made, so I’d rather that no one comment on this post (I can’t figure out how to turn off comments on a single post with IntenseDebate).

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5 thoughts on Yahoo Retake

  1. It was a great post. Nothing to be ashamed of. Working with big companies takes time and a lot of patience and if you are persistent and have a valuable solution something usually comes of it.

  2. Jeff – I think the substance of your Yahoo! post was spot on. And to be honest, the 'dead man walking' title was poetically beautiful. You are right that the post could have been written up with a little bit more deference to your hosts but all in all there is nothing you said that would hurt Yahoo! more than what they have already done to themselves. In fact, its posts like this that make reading the Jeff Nolan blog more interesting than getting sanitized WSJ or NY Times stories. Anshu

  3. After reading your first post on Yahoo I was inspired to 'draft' a blog post titled "What's in your Drafts folder?" Needlesstosay, that blog post is still a draft…

  4. Never regret a post that comes from the heart. I read your blog because it isn't like the rest.

  5. That post made me cringe! However, it rang true and I'm glad you wrote it.

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