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Yahoo! CEO: I Would Have Sold to Microsoft

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Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz says she would have sold the company Microsoft.

Since she was appointed CEO, Carol Bartz has made a lot of changes at Yahoo! and the outspoken chief executive has never been afraid of speaking her mind about how the company was run before she arrived.

A couple of weeks back Bartz surprised people by declaring Yahoo! was never a search company. Claiming "her fortune was in her pages" the Yahoo! CEO said she was more than happy with 20 percent of the search market. Yesterday Bartz said in an interview that had she been in charge when Microsoft was trying to buy Yahoo!, she would have said yes.

"Well, sure. You think I'm stupid?" she asked CNBC. "I mean, let me see... $15, $34, yeah, I think so."

Former CEO Jerry Yang rejected Microsoft's offer that amounted to nearly $45 billion, claiming the offer "substantially undervalued" the company.

When asked what's next for Yahoo! Bartz resorted back to her "search isn't what we're after" mantra. "I don't wake up in the morning and say 'Gosh, what am I going to search?' That's not what I do. I wake up and say, 'What's happening?' And that's really what Yahoo is. We really want to be the center of peoples' online lives."

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    Montezuma , September 11, 2009 3:46 PM
    Yahoo is just mad that they are nowhere near as successful as Google.
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    doomtomb , September 11, 2009 3:53 PM
    Yahoo is old news. Microsoft probably made the right move bringing something fresh that has the chance of success like Bing rather than teach an old dog like Yahoo, new tricks.
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    jerther , September 11, 2009 3:51 PM
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    she would have sold the company Microsoft.

    I would too :p 
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  • 17 Hide
    Montezuma , September 11, 2009 3:46 PM
    Yahoo is just mad that they are nowhere near as successful as Google.
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    jerther , September 11, 2009 3:51 PM
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    she would have sold the company Microsoft.

    I would too :p 
  • 15 Hide
    doomtomb , September 11, 2009 3:53 PM
    Yahoo is old news. Microsoft probably made the right move bringing something fresh that has the chance of success like Bing rather than teach an old dog like Yahoo, new tricks.
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    jellico , September 11, 2009 4:03 PM
    doomtombYahoo is old news. Microsoft probably made the right move bringing something fresh that has the chance of success like Bing rather than teach an old dog like Yahoo, new tricks.

    Yeah, I agree. If he is not now, I'll bet Jerry Yang will be kicking himself in the future for not cashing out when he had the chance.
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    hellwig , September 11, 2009 4:05 PM
    montezumaYahoo is just mad that they are nowhere near as successful as Google.

    Agreed, but then again, Google only does search. They have other crap, but none of it is big ticket, and none of it is #1 like their search. Wouldn't you be upset if your neighbor made more than you for doing less?

    Yes, I use their search, and have a Gmail account (not my primary), and like Google Earth, but I wouldn't pay for any of it. I certainly don't think Google should be a $30 billion dollar company (just like I think Microsoft would have been crazy to actually pay $40+ billion for Yahoo).

    You'd think we would have learned from the first internet bubble bursting, the internet is a means of distributing information. It is NOT a big bank where you get to print your own money just because you know HTML. The acquisitions of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.. will prove disastrous in the end, a couple years from now, when no one gives a crap about any of those sites.
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    Major7up , September 11, 2009 4:26 PM
    Carol BartzI wake up and say, 'What's happening?'

    Yeah, I do but then I pull up Tom's, Wired or CNN...never Yahoo.
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    CChick , September 11, 2009 4:46 PM
    I think Jerry made the right move by NOT selling Yahoo.

    Yahoo, after it got beaten by Google, seems kind of lost. like they dont know what they should do after.

    They were stupid enough not to use their Brand image at its full potential.

    Now Yahoo is being run by a dumb bitch, never a search company my ass.

    Yahoo just gonna get worst. watch.
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 11, 2009 4:49 PM
    Yea! They gonna get worst! lol
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    redgarl , September 11, 2009 4:54 PM
    So... is she going to sold Microsoft or Yahoo?
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    megamanx00 , September 11, 2009 5:03 PM
    Carol Bartz just may get that company going. She's right though, as to me yahoo stopped being about search along time ago. Their chat rooms use to be popular back when they allowed user rooms, but since the spam bot problem got out of control and they didn't do anything about it there are just alot of bots spamming each other. Yahoo had groups and page profiles way before myspace, so to me it really missed the boat on social networking and now it's a bit late to try and catch up. It's gonna be hard cleaning up the mess that Yang left that's for sure.
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    bachok83 , September 11, 2009 5:14 PM
    Not a search company? Thanks for telling us.. :) 

    Yahoo! doesnt put a big search box on their website. Wait, erk, they do.. nevermind..
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2009 5:22 PM
    Hmmm, when I wake up in the morning I say, "Dangit! It's morning already?" Then I go back to sleep. Do they have a page for that? -_-
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    jerther , September 11, 2009 6:30 PM
    notamorningpersonHmmm, when I wake up in the morning I say, "Dangit! It's morning already?" Then I go back to sleep. Do they have a page for that? -_-

    Yes, there it is.

    Hahahaha kidding :) 
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    ptroen , September 11, 2009 7:38 PM
    Well before you start talking slick people marketing speak let's be clear, yahoo isn't facebook or myspace. It's a collection of stapled together pages that was built around before google was dominate. However now it's different. You have different brands built around a particular niche and google linking them altogether with their dominating search position in the market. That's not to say their other search engines but that's not yahoo's business so at the end of day you have eroding business model. Worse google has practically every service that Yahoo! offers. So yeah Yahoo! is a mess.
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 11, 2009 9:15 PM
    You have to admit, she is rather calm and collective with the demise of Yahoo! lingering.
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    eddieroolz , September 11, 2009 9:45 PM
    jellicoYeah, I agree. If he is not now, I'll bet Jerry Yang will be kicking himself in the future for not cashing out when he had the chance.


    He's probably already kicking himself for the mistake.
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    pender21 , September 11, 2009 10:11 PM
    Yahoo was always mismanaged. They had smart people but kept releasing services that would only be abandoned and unsupported by yahoo a few months later. This was very apparent with their maps services a few years ago that used flash instead of an Ajax like engine like google. It did not print well and was scrapped a few months later (now it is fine though). As a result most people who review web services are not interested in anything yahoo was announcing. They appear to be a company that has no idea what they are doing and where they are going, because their website (their main search screen) is cluttered with categorized links. Microsoft is the same with their web services, but they sell desktop and enterprise software first (their cash cow) so it is a non issue for them.
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    mrhappy50 , September 11, 2009 11:31 PM
    yahoo isn't a search company with a highly noticeable search bar cuz Google patented it. lol
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    Blessedman , September 12, 2009 3:42 AM
    so they want to continue to be the portal they already are... now that's innovative!
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    anamaniac , September 12, 2009 4:53 AM
    Yahoo still exists?
    I just use it for mail (because hotmail looks like shit, and have yet to try google's mail).
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