How about breaking up Yahoo?

Stephen Baker

I read through Brad Garlinghouse's memo (on TechCrunch) on what ails Yahoo. Big company, overlapping fiefdoms, complacency. Seems to me that the solution is to break it into pieces. I don't know exactly what those pieces are. But the fact is that businesses on the Internet naturally migrate into new areas. Connections emerge. New services sprout up, some of them created by users. But if the company is already big and broad, like Yahoo, the chances are that some division in the company is already competing with the new opportunity--or wishes it were. Dreams of synergy produce gridlock. Turf disputes are dealt with at conglomerates only by memos, meetings, more memos, a climb up the ladder... In an industry that runs on freedom and speed, this process spells death.

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