Yahoo Saga

Yahoo Saga – Marissa Mayer

It’s easy for anyone to criticize someone for failures. I think Marissa Mayer @marissamayer was right on so many things that happened at Yahoo. But in the brutal and ruthless tech world, you need to get everything right. Not 90%, not 95% …its 100% correct all times. Timing is everything. Watch this Ted Talk below…

Lets take a look a few years back. As late as 2008, BlackBerry was the king of smart phones and Nokia was ruling the global cellphone markets. Their CEOs were as powerful as one could get. They both got the touch screen and fully integrated iPhone of Apple. Then Google bought a small company called Android for just $50Million and rest is history. 5 years later both Nokia and Blackberry were knocked out fully.

Ms. Mayer did attempt to fix Yahoo. Could Yahoo have become Pepsi (v/s Coke) of Search engine to Google? Probably. She should have set moderate goals and did What Steve Jobs did. Focus, Focus, Focus only on search. Not too many areas too many products etc.

My unsolicited advice – Talk to Satya Nadella  (@satyanadella )and go fix Bing: Only search engine. Nothing else.

She is a great leader and will bounce back. Best place would be Microsoft Bing.


Giri Devanur

Mr. Giri Devanur is a Serial Tech entrepreneur, from India, who is currently based in the US. Born in a small town called Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India Giri went later went on to ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell in New York City. Giri holds a Master of Science (MS), in Technology Management • from Columbia University in the City of New York, and Executive Education from Harvard Law School, and an Executive Education in Innovation at MIT in Computer Science. He was a mentor of – the Executive Master Program-Columbia University. He is an E&Y Entrepreneur of the year award winner and has successfully completed the Nasdaq IPO of AMRH ( He has helped raise multiple rounds of capital, executed M&A. Giri Devanur is currently the CEO & founder of ReAlpha Tech Corp.

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