13 posts and columns on Robert Kotick
Under normal circumstances, if the CEOs of big companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and Comcast speak in front of an audience of bigwigs, it’s news. But you’re unlikely to hear what John Chambers, Steve Ballmer and Brian Roberts say today and tomorrow at Quadrangle’s Foursquare conference–no press allowed. Unless…
Yesterday, in what feels to BoomTown to be a deeply petty move, Time Warner said that it had blocked former AOL head Jon Miller from being considered as a possible Yahoo board member. The reason is a noncompete Miller signed, part of a severance agreement he reached with the media giant after it unceremoniously tossed him out in late 2006. A Time Warner spokesman said Miller was barred from working “for a variety of competitors, including Yahoo, until March of 2009.” Like it matters.
After its annual meeting today, as Yahoo board members had lunch together, Yahoo released the unsurprising results of its shareholder vote and it seems we will still have Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to kick around some more. Yang garnered 85.4 percent of the shares to stay on as a director of the Internet company, with 18.2 percent withheld. While having almost 20 percent of your investors think you are not worthy is not good, it is also not nearly as bad as it could have been.
Session post | Videos: One and Two Windows 7 Demo Day Two Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com People loved their horses, too. But you don’t keep riding your horse to work just because you love it.” –Bezos on the difference between physical books and digital ones Session post | Videos: One and Two Bobby Kotick, Activision The social element has really transformed the gaming experience.” – Kotick on the impact of games like Guitar Hero Session post | Video Guitar Hero IV Demo with Tony Hawk and Paula Abdul Howard Stringer, Sony If we were any more successful, we’d be bankrupt.” –Stringer on the success of Sony’s LCD business Session post | Video Barry Diller, IAC Hollywood is a community that’s so inbred, it’s a wonder the children have any teeth.” Session post | Video Michael Dell, Dell I could take him.” –Dell on his chances of success in a brawl with Apple CEO Steve Jobs Session post | Video Jerry Yang and Sue Decker, Yahoo I will never be a CEO again.” –Yang Session post | Videos: One and Two Jeff Bewkes, AOL AOL is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Web. We don’t get no respect.” Session post | Video Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures We invest in the creation of ideas… It’s like Baby Mama, with me as the mama.” Session post | Video Demo: G.ho.st Web Operating System Lets users access their desktop from any computer with an Internet connection. Session post | Video Tom Glocer, Thomson Reuters We have one great advantage over bloggers: we write once, and sell many times to many different media outlets.” Session post | Video Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook I won’t ever stop until you’re either the biggest thing around, or you’re dead.” –Kara Swisher on her relentless coverage of Facebook Session post | Videos: One and Two Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation I want to meet Obama. I want to know if he’s going to walk the walk.” Session post | Full Session Videos: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six Day Three Demo: evri An application that graphs the Web via grammatical information. Session post | Video Demo: 23andMe Web-based, direct-to-consumer genome services. Session post | Video Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation All lives are equal.” Session post | Videos: One and Two Demo: TransMedia’s Glide A mobile-operating system that cuts across all operating systems. Session post | Video Tom Rogers, TiVo The TV set and its primary position in the home isn’t going anywhere in the future.” Session post | Videos: One and Two Demo: Deka The “Luke Arm” prosthesis, a state-of-the-art bionic arm. Session post | Video Kevin Martin, FCC and Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless You’re the chairman of the FCC. How did you allow this to happen?” –Walt Mossberg grills Martin on the lousy broadband situation in the States Session post | Videos: One and Two