Posted by: Tom Nolle
Microsoft, tech market, venture capital, Yahoo
November 17 2008 regarding Yahoo.
The Economist has said in print what most people probably have been thinking: Jerry Yang must go. Their criticism is very much our own. Yang and Decker have not developed any meaningful strategy to replace the Microsoft deal they opposed. In fact, you could argue that their approach was to say that if the deal were not done, things would simply go on as before. If true, that type of progress would be unacceptable to shareholders. If not true, then what will be done?
We believe that many Silicon Valley firms believe they are still the “owners” of their own companies, when in fact they’ve done an IPO and are now responsible to shareholders. The problem is that there are few options for Yahoo. One good one that remains is a tight partnership with the telcos.