A few folks have asked me what I think of last week's news about Jerry Yang taking over for Terry Semel as CEO of Yahoo. The fact is that I tried to post something a few days back, but my server outage and a configuration problem made it vanish shortly after.
In any case, I think it's positive news. I have a ton of respect for our co-founders, Daivd Filo and Jerry Yang. I've been able to interact with both of them during my time at Yahoo so far and love the fact that they're still incredibly involved in Yahoo day-to-day. The same can not be said of many other high-tech companies.
Anyway, I was thinking about how to explain what I've been thinking, but Bradley Horowitz (who I also have a ton of respect for) did an excellent job in Welcome Jerry, Yahoo’s new CEO!, so read what he said.
In part, he said:
Having Jerry as our CEO is incredible… It was Jerry who personally “green lit” and funded Pipes (for instance)… When Caterina and I pitched it to him, he not only “got it,” but explained it back to us in a framework that deepened our own understanding. Having Jerry as CEO is gonna be cool!
In fact, Jerry and David have both been big supporters of several things I've been involved with as well. I'm looking forward to what the future holds.
Posted by jzawodn at June 26, 2007 10:30 AM