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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/21/2017 9:11:22 AM
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Re: Yahoo CEO Exits
@Michelle - But then my thought would go to  - if it was a sinking ship, and she was THAT good, why didn't she know that and know to leave well enough alone? Or maybe there was a part of her that believed she could save it, and she ended up just being wrong. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/21/2017 9:10:14 AM
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Re: Yahoo didn't have a Steve Jobs...
@DHagar - I didn't even think about a persons contacts as being a part of why a person might be desirable to a company, but you're definitely right in that respect. As much as I hate it, networking is a huge part of our world today, and who you know can really make a difference in a lot of ways. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
6/20/2017 1:55:27 PM
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Re: Yahoo CEO Exits
@Michelle. You're welcome. Always looking for the "Like" button, but then realize I actually have to "Reply" to someone's comment.

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Michelle
Michelle
6/19/2017 11:51:55 PM
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Re: Yahoo CEO Exits
Heh, thanks for the "like". Likes aren't as obvious here as they are on other sites that shall not be named...

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Michelle
Michelle
6/19/2017 11:51:04 PM
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Re: Yahoo CEO Exits
@elizabethv Yes, she'd worked in upper level management at Google for quite some time. I believe she was one of the first engineers hired. She seemed like the right choice at the time.

I believe Yahoo was a sinking ship long before Meyers was hired. I don't know that she could have done enough to keep it afloat. It's unfortunate the old brand is dying out...

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DHagar
DHagar
6/19/2017 5:02:58 PM
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Re: Yahoo didn't have a Steve Jobs...
@mhhf1ve, I agree with your assessment.  She did not fail, she just did not have that "superman" capability of a rare Steve Jobs (there was only one), to pull the company out of its existing nosedive.

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DHagar
DHagar
6/19/2017 5:00:45 PM
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Re: Yahoo didn't have a Steve Jobs...
@elizabethv, most employment contracts (which set up the parachutes) are based on expectations for what value the executive will bring - so they are placing bets that the name, contacts, vision, execution, etc., will deliver this value to the company.  So in my mind, it is less a matter of expectation of how they will manage and more a bet on what they can create.

The parachute then exists - one way or the other - based on this expectation.  Plus, don't forget these contracts are also intended to compete against other companies who may want this executive.

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DHagar
DHagar
6/19/2017 4:41:26 PM
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Re: Yahoo didn't have a Steve Jobs...
@dcawrey, very true.  She did not "cause' the decline; it was already in a nosedive.  Whether anyone could have saved it at that point is just speculation.  To her credit, she gave it credibility and at least both she AND Yahoo will now benefit.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
6/19/2017 3:11:01 PM
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Re: Yahoo didn't have a Steve Jobs...
> "I'm sure she was aware of Yahoo's situation and cashed in on it very nicely."

It would have been hard NOT to know Yahoo's situation. Mayer did okay. It would have been a miracle (in hindsight) to pull off an Apple-like makeover like Jobs did. 

It's really too bad Tumblr didn't work out. It wasn't a horrible idea to acquire a social media platform, but it just didn't get the growth it needed. 

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batye
batye
6/19/2017 2:56:31 PM
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Re: Yahoo didn't have a Steve Jobs...
@srufolo1 I would say she did know how to play this game right... how I see it...

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