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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik