Yahoo! A Case study in Lack of Focus.

Yahoo!”s main problem has always been the lack of FOCUS.

It’s a common joke – what is Yahoo! this year? Is it an internet company, or an internet portal, or internet media company, or media company, or aggregator of news? Only God almighty knows.
Wait. Fucking Christ. Marissa Mayer calls it, “global technology company focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining“.
Its like calling idly-sambhar the staple dinner of Indians all over India.

Means everything, yet nothing.

The best *worst* definition of what your company stands for – was given by ex-Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, in her interview with Michael Arrington at Tech Crunch Disrupt New York, NY in 2010. Shortly afterwards, she was fired.

Anyways, Mayer is making news. A lot. Not sure how she impacted the bottomline, since Yahoo! is struggling.

A comparison between share price for “max” period shows the decline of Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Nokia; and the meteoric rise of Apple.

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And the soon to be closed down services of Yahoo! include: (source:

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I read on some blog post, Mayer was expected to turn Yahoo! around, like Steve Jobs.
You must be fucking kidding me! Comparing Mayer with Steve – that’s a fucking disgrace to Apple and Steve himself.

Hope Yahoo! survives. If it doesn’t, it would be an excellent case study of how lack of innovation could kill off a Category Leader of yesterday.

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