Well, I'm not going to defend Terry. He doesn't need me to do that. It's pretty clear, things are very different at Yahoo than they were a few years ago. Or even one year ago. Semel has a lot to do with that. He sets (or should set) the tone for the company. A lot of that article is true, as far as I can tell. But I'm just a lowly engineer. I have no idea what's going on at the top or near the top. Is that, itself, a problem? Perhaps.
On the plus side, I can say that there are several things coming "soon" that will hopefully demonstrate how Terry's ties to Hollywood can finally benefit Yahoo in a big way. But only time will tell.
In the meantime, Yahoo continues the transformation from a company that changed the world to a company that's just like every other big (public) company.
On a related note, I'm still amazed that Filo and Jerry are still involved in the company. Those guys are amazing and in may ways, they're still the heart and soul of Yahoo. How many other Internet companies can say that?
Posted by jzawodn at October 02, 2002 08:07 PM