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Is Jerry Yang the Dumbest CEO in Silicon Valley?

He blew the Microsoft deal even with Icahn's help and in my Wikipedia, this man is the dictionary definition of an idiot

Please read the news story below filed today by my colleague Maureen O'Gara and think about the once-in-a-life-time lottery ticket this man had last February with Microsoft's acquisition offer, and then again through Carl Icahn's unasked-for help.

He blew it and in my Wikipedia, this man is the dictionary definition of an IDIOT!

This is what this man (this one) deserves. First Icahn should beat him up, literally, He looks like a man who can really beat the s..t out of stupid CEOs. Then the stock holders should sue him for unacceptable stupidity and the judge should ship him to the same vacation paradise where CA's two founders are resting for a while.


After reading Maureen's story, I looked at the Yahoo stock price on my iPhone and remembered his negotiations with Microsoft only this past February

Here is today's O'Gara story on Yahoo's Q3 results:

"Yahoo's net profits were down 64% in Q3 to $54.3 million, four cents a share. This time last year it realized $151.3 million, 11 cents a share.

Revenues were up 1.1% to $1.79 billion, excluding TAC it was $1.325 billion, short of the $1.37 Wall Street estimated. US sales were up 7% and international down 12%.

It says it's going to lay off at least 10% of its people, roughly 1,500 souls, in the next few weeks.

Of course it said that in January but the number on its employee roster didn't stay down and there are those who think 1,500 this time through isn't enough.

Longer-term Yahoo's talking about consolidating facilities, improving procurement and standardizing its global technology platforms,

It wants to cut $400 million in costs before the end of the year.

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang thinks the layoffs are going to make the company more nimble and flexible.

It's forecasting Q4 gross revenues of $1.77 billion-$1.97 billion, only a 2% gain down from the mid-teens. That means it would seen revenues for the whole year somewhere between $7.18 billion and $7.38 billion where it had been forecasting $7.35 billion to $7.85 billion three months ago.

It confessed its "disappointed" and blamed the economy and softening advertising demand.

Internet display advertising is down and Yahoo doesn't seem to know how to make money from displays ads.

In this respect it's still hoping Google will come to its rescue provided it can get over the Justice Department hump.

Stockholders may cite different reasons."

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Fuat Kircaali is the founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc.

Kircaali came to the United States from Zurich University, Switzerland in 1984 while studying for his PhD, to design computer systems for SH-2G submarine hunter helicopters for the U.S. Navy. He later worked at IBM's IS&CG Headquarters as a market research analyst under Mike Armstrong's leadership, an IBM executive who later ran IBM Europe and AT&T; and Fuat was the Director of Information Systems for UWCC, reporting to CEO Steve Silk (later Hebrew National CEO), one of the top marketing geniuses of the past two decades.

Kircaali founded SYS-CON Media in 1994, a privately held tech media company with sales exceeding $100 million. SYS-CON Media was listed twice by Inc 500 and Deloitte and Touche as one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Kircaali launched Ulitzer, Inc., a revolutionary "new media" start-up in mid 2009.

Fuat completed Bogazici University Business Administration program in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree. He was one of 50 students accepted to the program out of over 1 million high school graduates that year.

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