John Paczkowski

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Raise the Yangtanic!

allaboardfailboat.jpgSanford C. Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay appears to have finished Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s 100-day strategic review of the company for him. In a research report issued today, Lindsay suggested Yahoo divide itself into three businesses–display advertising, Web search and subscriptions–to bolster its valuation.

Split up in such a way, Yahoo would be worth nearly $39 a share, or about 44% more than its current price–theoretically, anyway. “It appears that Yahoo will not take bold measures to right the ship,” Lindsay wrote. “We believe that Yahoo still has a potentially high intrinsic value. We believe, however, that to stop the inevitable slide into irrelevance, the management team must consider more radical actions and strategies.”

More radical than inviting 300 employees holding the title of vice-president or higher to a motivational event with Apple CEO Steve Jobs? Yes–sacred cow-slaughtering radical. Otherwise, you’ll be inviting Jobs back again next year, this time for a crowd of 600 VPs.

“We do not believe that Yahoo will alter its current course,” said Lindsay. “We believe that management is committed to a path of incremental revenue improvements which we believe will lock the company into a lower value trajectory.”

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work