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On Yahoo!, Tumblr, and Planks

On Yahoo!, Tumblr, and Planks

It appears as if Yahoo! is going pony up more than $1 billion for Tumblr–and the move has platform written all over it.

A hefty price to pay? You betcha, but it's a move that makes sense for Marissa Mayer et al.

Think about it. At present, there's no way for consumers to take Yahoo! in different directions.

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The Problem, Dear Marissa, Lies Not Within Yahoo!

The Problem, Dear Marissa, Lies Not Within Yahoo!

Marissa Mayer knew what she was getting into. She's getting big bucks to turn around the once-mighty Yahoo!

From my standpoint, the company's problem is very simple.

Yahoo! has not really embraced platform thinking. Unlike Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and scores of others, Yahoo! doesn't really encourage external innovation. Until the company does, I'm not betting

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On Microsoft and Marissa Mayer’s Challenge

On Microsoft and Marissa Mayer’s Challenge

On HBR, Dorie Clark compares the challenges faced by Yahoo's new CEO to those faced by Microsoft in 1995. She writes that "Microsoft had missed the boat on the Internet and, from that moment forward, would make it their primary strategic focus."

True, but Microsoft had locked in many enterprise customers with Office, SQL Server, etc.

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Platforms and Luck

Platforms and Luck

On ZDNet today, Zack Whittaker writes about Yahoo!'s attempt to launch a new browser. In his words, "...it couldn’t even do that right without fouling it up. Yahoo could probably trip over a chain in the street and unwittingly pull the plug on the Great Lakes — it’s that unlucky." Hmmm.... Luck doesn't have anything to do with the Read More

Dan Loeb and Platforms

Dan Loeb and Platforms

Google has taken criticism for its recent and controversial stock split. Some wonder if Mark Zuckerberg's 57 percent of voting power in post-IPO Facebook is too much. I don't. Each company wants to prevent a Dan-Loeb-type situation. And it should. Activist shareholders waging proxy fights distract companies from the real work at hand. And that work is never finished in Read More

Yahoo! and the Age of the Platform

Yahoo! and the Age of the Platform

Jerry Yang is no more--at least at Yahoo!

Yahoo is still ridiculously popular, ranking fifth among all websites according to Alexa. Yet, as I write in the book, its ranking and popularity belie its contemporary relevance.

This should surprise no one. Think about the number of dotcom's that survived in their original form. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Amazon.

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On Yahoo!, Platforms, and Publishing

On Yahoo!, Platforms, and Publishing

I rejected an offer from a sort of "established" publisher for this book, a move that some would consider to be pretty foolish.

Why?

One of the primary reasons is that I wanted The Age of the Platform to be the most authentic representation of my thinking as possible. While not impossible, a traditional publisher is mostly concerned

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