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(Business Insider)   Apparently, Marissa Mayer was hired to spend all of Yahoo's money   (businessinsider.com) divider line 24
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3179 clicks; posted to Business » on 23 Aug 2012 at 4:48 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-08-23 04:56:02 PM
Well they weren't getting anywhere by not spending it.
 
2012-08-23 05:01:18 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Well they weren't getting anywhere by not spending it.


Maybe they could invest in an interface that didn't suck?
 
2012-08-23 05:21:07 PM
That's just Goofy.
 
2012-08-23 05:26:26 PM
Mayer believes the company would be better off if it identified one device/platform on which it should make its products really shine, and got employees used to what it's like living with that platform.

That's a great way to fail.
 
2012-08-23 05:39:01 PM
No more BlackBerries as the official devices at Yahoo. Everyone gets an iPhone or anAndroid. Fire the IT people who protest. Upgrade internal IT and development systems/tools to what modern startups use. Hard to expand on this without breaking confidentiality but every Yahoo engineer reading this knows what I'm talking about.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-23 05:39:52 PM
Either she has a horrible misconception of dogfooding, or she's smart enough to realize Yahoo will kick her out in a couple months and she's getting the parting gifts ready.
 
2012-08-23 06:08:12 PM
But does she want to put one of these in everyone's office?

www.glamour.com
 
2012-08-23 06:14:26 PM

PowerSlacker: Mayer believes the company would be better off if it identified one device/platform on which it should make its products really shine, and got employees used to what it's like living with that platform.

That's a great way to fail.


Many companies do this, including the multinational multibilliondollar revenue company I work for. It seems to work.

Back in the day, when I was working for web design firms(pre-crash), it was "lets go to Amazon and copy what they have, because it works". Today, it's, for both web and mobile applications, "lets use the iPhone and copy what they have"
 
2012-08-23 06:15:21 PM
So spending a few million is somehow spending all of Yahoo!s money? They have Billions with a B in cash reserves. People can hate on Yahoo! all they want, but it is a profitable company, it just isn't a growing one, and if giving free food(a Silicon Valley norm) and purchasing the leading to mobile devices for every employee boosts morale with the side effect of having people live with their product, then maybe Marissa can bring this company back to growth.
 
2012-08-23 06:32:51 PM
I'm really interested in what she's going to say for her first earnings call. Aside from doing right by Yahoos' employees, I haven't heard her lay out a strategy.
 
2012-08-23 06:51:16 PM
Update Flickr, already
 
2012-08-23 06:54:59 PM
If Yahoo! is going to go broke by buying a few iPhones, they are in WAY worse shape than previously reported.

Nothing wrong with standardizing on a popular platform, focusing your development efforts, and making your employees actually use the services they're developing for. It's actually a pretty good idea to improve morale and quality at the same time.
 
2012-08-23 07:12:29 PM
Fire the IT people who protest.

Pretty much all the IT people I know have wanted to get off old, going no where platforms like Blackberries for a long, long time.
The problem was that it cost money to move to new platforms.
And IT doesn't really control the money in a company....

So yeah, fire them all for not getting you to spend money that you should have spent 5 years ago.
 
2012-08-23 07:32:33 PM
Read "we're pushing this just before Microsoft pushes out Windows 8 and all of my IT folks adopt Microsoft smartphones."
 
2012-08-23 07:57:39 PM
Women love to shop.
 
2012-08-23 09:50:01 PM

enik: But does she want to put one of these in everyone's office?

[www.glamour.com image 298x402]


I'll take the girl, but what am I supposed to do with a giant red ball?

/already got 2 of those
 
2012-08-24 01:02:54 AM
That's what, $1.76?
 
2012-08-24 03:32:42 AM

smeag0l: No more BlackBerries as the official devices at Yahoo. Everyone gets an iPhone or anAndroid. Fire the IT people who protest. Upgrade internal IT and development systems/tools to what modern startups use. Hard to expand on this without breaking confidentiality but every Yahoo engineer reading this knows what I'm talking about.

[i.imgur.com image 379x214]


That's what I did at my work. tossed Blackberry to the curb and forcibly moved everyone up the technology chain. Sure I made some people angry but I also made a slew of people happy because they no longer had to carry crap from RIM.


/runs Mobile telecom for large company
//recommends Mobileiron for all you MDM users out there
 
2012-08-24 04:15:57 AM

fortheloveofgod: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Well they weren't getting anywhere by not spending it.

Maybe they could invest in an interface that didn't suck?


First step to do that is to bring the company up to modern devices.

This is a smart move and an investment. An iPhone is something that was designed to work intuitively and was a great success. Seeing how real design works is the first step to inspiring Yahoo to be more.
 
2012-08-24 07:31:10 AM
Buying iPhones for the employees is hardly spending all of Yahoo's money.

FTFA: "The cost to Yahoo would be a couple million dollars or less - chump change for a company that has billions lying around."

It's almost like they hired her to do something really different than the last 5 CEOs did.
 
2012-08-24 09:12:20 AM

geek_mars: Buying iPhones for the employees is hardly spending all of Yahoo's money.


Isn't it cute how some people take Fark headlines literally?
 
2012-08-24 12:48:28 PM
Smart move. It forces them to move in the direction that everything else is going in instead of letting corporate inertia keep holding things back. I recently left a large media company that just swore they were going to own the mobile news and advertising market. So what kind of phones were they issuing everyone? Four year old Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. No touchscreen, horrible browser, even worse user interface. It's kind of hard for your employees to sell mobile when they can't even give a demonstration out in the field with their phone.
 
2012-08-24 03:42:46 PM

fortheloveofgod: geek_mars: Buying iPhones for the employees is hardly spending all of Yahoo's money.

Isn't it cute how some people take Fark headlines literally?


I guess it's time to replace my sarcasm filter. A lot of 'em have been getting by me lately.
 
2012-08-24 10:06:17 PM

Tax Boy: enik: But does she want to put one of these in everyone's office?

[www.glamour.com image 298x402]

I'll take the girl, but what am I supposed to do with a giant red ball?

/already got 2 of those


Haha, classic :-)
 
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