Friday, May 1, 2009

Carol & Ed (but no Bob or Alice)

(Catching up on blogging)

The latest Yahoo cuts are troubling — Om Malik reports that Yahoo is now cutting heavily at Flickr, including its top development talent.

This reminds me of how CEO Ed Zander closed Motorola’s talent-laden software lab near UIUC two years ago. (Ironically, Yahoo created a new office to hire that talent.) Of course, we know how the Zander story ended.

Less than four months ago, I was very upbeat on Carol Bart. However, now she seems like she believes it’s possible for Yahoo to cut its way to greatest.

If she's not finding a way to effectively protect the company’s greatest asset — its people — then Carol will go down in history with Ed, if not Bob or Alice.

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