Kara Swisher

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WSJD? (What Should Jerry Do?): The Leftovers! Also: Day 83!

Back around Day 55–ah, the lazy days of midpoint in Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s 100-day No-Sacred-Cows VisionQuest for the revitalization of the company he co-founded–I asked a bunch of people around Silicon Valley what they would do to help the beleaguered leader.

We got some good answers to be sure (the video is reposted below), but we left out these two new ones we also did at the time from venture capitalist David Sze of Greylock Partners and Max Levchin of Slide–both of whom were quite a bit sharper in tone! Tough love!

By the way, it’s Day 83 (not that we’re counting or anything), so get ready for my special 10-day countdown starting in one week!

It’ll be like the 12 days of Christmas, but without partridges, pear trees or any golden-ring harmonizing (although we are considering 300 Yahoo Vice Presidents a-leaping!)


Here’s Sze and Levchin:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald