“Better off if we’d never heard the word Microsoft”

That's Carol Bartz, Yahoo CEO, who I swear I heard say the opposite (read about 2/3rds down) just a week ago at the D Conference. Perhaps she's finally putting the ghost of failed negotiations behind her, or, perhaps she's just furthering them. What do you all think?…

That’s Carol Bartz, Yahoo CEO, who I swear I heard say the opposite (read about 2/3rds down) just a week ago at the D Conference. Perhaps she’s finally putting the ghost of failed negotiations behind her, or, perhaps she’s just furthering them. What do you all think?

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

4 thoughts on ““Better off if we’d never heard the word Microsoft””

  1. I think it was imprudent to make the earlier “boatloads of money” comment, and even stupider to make the ones you mention. Even if talks have broken down again, a CEO should leave the door open. Neither Yahoo nor MS can truly succeed against Google without some sort of working partnership.

  2. Yeah, if she did say “better off if we’d never heard the word Microsoft” that’s cheeky. It definitely caught my eye.

    Some people can get away with saying things like that, and it even makes them more effective because people, even competitors, feel like they’re tough and honest.

    We’ll see . . .

  3. I think MS has figured out alternate ways to win search market share. Bye Bye Y!

    you took too long to make the decision

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