Friday, June 20, 2008
Through the lens of this lengthy article on why Yahoo isn't as much of a failure as critics say, I can safely put to rest three common rumors about Danny. The following are the myths. I say they're not true. (so they're not not not true, that's for sure)
- "Danny sure doesn't write very much anymore." Really - that's what someone said to me yesterday. Then he writes 2,200 words about Yahoo not being a failure, on a Friday, and posts video with it, to boot.
- "Danny's finally off the cold medication that makes him curse in articles." Garlinghouse just wishes he could write his memos like that.
But seriously, I think I'm just jealous that Danny writes so much, and so well. And I love that he agrees with me that Yahoo should try something radical, like making the home page just the search page... I said just try it for a month.
- "Danny is absolutely NOT cozying up to the black hats while pretending to be white hat!" OK, so I have a pretty fine-toothed comb, and to me, if you're recommending potential Yahoo CEO's they should be pretty drab characters who have never made one dime from any black hat SEO or ad network activity; characters like engineering types and even the nebulous operations wonks cited by Icahn are more appealing to me than folks with product management and business development (but largely public relations) backgrounds. If they'd made some of the Fakes and Schacter's of the world into co-CEO's, the company would be better off today (and these folks wouldn't be leaving).
(P.S. Don't you think my Open Letter to Jerry Yang of June 2007 was so much nicer than the mean letters sent to Yahoo by Carl Icahn a year later? Whether it's you, me, ordinary shareholders, or Icahn, it's hard to avoid the sense that Yang hasn't provided a progress report on any of the urgent priorities Yahoo set in 2007. And without telling you something you can't already guess, some Yahoo employees are incensed that he turned down the white knight Microsoft offer, only to partner with Google.)
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