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Steve Jobs speaks at Yahoo! meeting

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Mon October 1, 2007

Jobs speaks at Yahoo!

Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise guest appearance during a gathering of top Yahoo! executives at the company's Sunnyvale, California headquarters last Friday. With Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang calling the Apple co-founder "one of his heroes," Jobs spoke about how he turned Apple around on the merits of its worthy assets -- which he claimed Yahoo! also has -- by simply executing properly. Reporting for the Wall Street Journal, Kara Swisher wrote "Thanks, Steve! (Although easy for him to say, given Yang does not exactly have the kind of emperor thing going for him in this regard as Jobs does)," adding that "it was a brilliant choice on the part of Yahoo leadership to use the halo effect of Jobs-whose story of struggle over adversity is well known-in focusing their execs toward the new direction for the company."

Also discussed at the meeting were the building out of Yahoo's ad network, and a refresh of the corporate culture to allow ideas to rise to the surface more easily. The company also discussed the creation of a more open network akin to Facebook on Yahoo for third-party developers to use as a platform.

by MacNN Staff





  1. TimmyDee51

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Read the article correctly -- Yang referred to Jobs as one of his heros, not the other way around as is posted in this "summary". Am I new here? Is this Slashdot?

  1. sicembears

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I love Steve but he also drove it into the ground the first time.

  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Drove what into the groun

    It was the suits (Trained Executives) that Apple hired that had no vision that drove Apple to near bankruptcy. Steve rode the up wave on both occasions (mid 70s to mid 80s) then 97 to present.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: drove it into the gro

    If it were up to steve, you'd still have computers with no ability to upgrade memory or anything else. He wanted total control, yet had little control over the feuding and infighting going on at apple. And, lest we forget, Apple was a public company. You have to have someone in charge who knows how to run it as such, not someone who wants to run it like its still run out of his friends garage.

    He did better the second time around, but keep in mind this was well after he matured, let alone dealt with the failure of Next.

  1. sputschic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just like Apple after the iPod went PC-compatible, I might add. GTFO the Mac, switcheurs.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    gonna have to agree...

    ...with the tortoise here.

  1. zeasar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One of his hero...

    I think not! Judging by the fact that doesnt like to display the proper page on the OSX, under any web browser.

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