Vamshidhar Kommineni

November 21, 2006

Yahoo hates Peanut Butter?

Filed under: Technology — Vamshi @ 12:17 am

Brad Garlinghouse, a VP over at Yahoo, published an internal document that’s made it onto the Internet about the ills of Yahoo and what can be done to correct them. The peanut butter reference is about being spread too thin across too many productsand lacking focus in them.

The memo is a great read and well laid out. I think every tech company, once it finishes going through it’s growing phase faces this issue. Having a coherent and focused product strategy with full employee engagement is the key to success at any company including Microsoft.

However, I’m not so sure about the solutions he proposes. Headcount reductions can be very, very bad for morale of the rest of the people, and you’re never really sure whether you’re getting rid of the right people (not mention the collateral damage of your best people leaving rather than being subjected to later layoffs)

Full text of the memo (WSJ)

TechMeme on the memo

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