I started at Yahoo in September of 2005 and was laid off in February of 2008 shortly after Yahoo turned down MSFT’s offer (which in retrospect was probably a bad move). The saddest thing to me about Yahoo’s decline is that there was no shortage of good ideas and talented people. It was that Yahoo couldn’t execute and so they sat and watched while everyone else passed them by.
Most of those good ideas and talented people have found new homes somewhere else now and there’s a terrific crop of Silicon Valley startups helmed or staffed by ex-Yahoos.* This is a good thing because the innovation that was stifled at Yahoo needed to be set free.
*Including the one I’m working on now, Bizzy.