Yahoo!'s Interim CEO Doing the Right Things
I quickly got a response from tech blogger Om Malik wondering whether Ross had really done that much: "
When I responded I thought that was a fair point but the leaked strategy to Business Insider looked like the best I'd seen from Yahoo! since 2006, Om countered: "
Now, I'll be the first to agree with Om that being a Yahoo! shareholder over about three of those last six years has been extremely frustrating for me. So, I'm very sympathetic to the notion that we'll only be able to truly judge Ross at least after a few quarters are under his belt.
However, I stand by my assertion that I haven't been this excited about the direction Yahoo! is taking in -- well -- never.
So, first let's review the things that have happened since Ross took over that he likely had nothing to do with:
Yet, what has Ross accomplished in his short tenure in charge of Yahoo!?
There's clearly improved morale at the company. Partly this is because Thompson and his resume-cloud are gone. But it's also unquestionably because people like Ross. Ross is someone who is great at schmoozing without making you feel like he's insincere. He's great at connecting with people. He's likeable and trustworthy.