I just met Carol Bartz at a very cozy and well organized meet by Yahoo! India.
She is cool!
Carol spoke extempore and without a mike (in an effort to be closer to the small audience) and articulated the Yahoo! global vision.
‘Yahoo! is all about you and me and how people communicate and get together’. If that were the case, what about social networking I asked her? She like the question and was clear that Yahoo! was making an honest and hard working effort to stitching the 600 million + unique visitors they attract (whoa!) and we would see start seeing stuff soon.
Someone asked her how easy it was to work with Microsoft and she said – ‘it isn’t'! Yes, she knows The big Bill and Steve Ballmer and that helps.
What was impressive was how she explained the synergy between Yahoo! Search and Bing – the MS search platform. Bing is the king of crawling and web indexing and that’s what they (MS) do best. Yahoo! builds on that base, saves on precious resources involved in servers and crawlers and bandwidth and then throws up the search results in its own special ‘Yahoo’ way that helps its visitors. Also, search on Yahoo! is not branded, so the visitor at Yahoo! experiences the best of search with complete affinity to Yahoo!
Carol came across as a person in command, very experienced and determined to make Yahoo! shine and how.
Most importantly she explained that the Internet and the massive positive impact it will have on people hasn’t even been understood yet (much like printing presses that much later led to novels)…so the best is yet to come!!
Way to go Yahoo!
Originally posted on Nov. 12, 2009 on rodinhood.com