Yahoo Loses One Of Its Most Respected Employees

by Jeremy Schoemaker on June 12, 2008 · 55 comments

Jeremy Zawodny just announced he is leaving Yahoo!. Jeremy is an amazing developer who I have had a lot of respect for.

I dunno this is a major shocker to anyone that has been following the sinking ship that is Yahoo!. What a great hire he would be to any tech company. Best of luck JZ.

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1 Dudibob

Google ‘did’ say they would want to hire Jeremy so my moneys on Google for the mo

2 Sports Picks

Is he moving to Nebraska? ;)

3 Jason

What? I am really surprised to hear this. He is the man over at Yahoo. Maybe he wanted to hop off the sinking ship before it went under…. probably tired of all the pressure and BS he was having to deal with while the company went downhill. I’m sure he doesn’t have to work now with all of the stock he cashed in on over the years, but he will most likely take on a huge project and become filthy rich.

4 Bryn

That’s really unfortunate, I though Yahoo was actually starting to pick up lately but it looks like he has some other plans in mind. Best of luck to him.

5 serge

I thought Microsoft was buying Yahoo? what the dillio?

6 petnos

A big loss for Yahoo. And maybe after him there will be ather loses. Yahoo is a powerful brand but they dont have something, maybe real soul like google. And because of this they can’t reach what they really want.

Goog Luck Jeremy.

7 Jacky Supit

is it really that good to work on googleplex? :)

8 Not John Chow

You have to go where it is best for you. I am sure he will surface again real soon.

9 Georgia

Get out while you can. Google you think…

10 Make Money Talks

Yahoo is loosing ground under their feet!

11 Affiliate Confession

Wow, that’s wild. It’s one more notch in the crumbling Yahoo landscape. Kind of wonder what’s next.

12 Geiger

I bet Jeremy will take 1 year off and then go work for Google. He probably signed a non-compete contract for 12 months after he quits.

13 Geiger

I believe they are a powerful brand as well but they don’t seem to be able to figure out a solid vision for the company. Ask somebody on the street what Yahoo is, then ask somebody what Google is. I think the results would definitely be interesting.

14 Tom Printy

I went College and worked with Z while there. I believe that his next adventure will be with a smaller company. I am sure that wherever he goes he will make some more trouble there.

15 Tanner Christensen

Looks like Jeremy isn’t the only one leaving:

16 Nick

I can’t imagine he would leave that sort of position without having something else already picked out. Someone has probably wooed him away from Yahoo and they just aren’t making it public yet. Perhaps Shoemoney Media? Maybe Microsoft or Google? Hmmmm…..

17 James

I guess some companies just don’t understand the value of employees; surely Yahoo could’ve (and should’ve) done SOMETHING to keep someone like Jeremy…!

Argh. Yahoo doesn’t make too much sense these days, with some of the things they do.

18 Paul

Sounds like a truely nice guy. I like the fact he did not bad mouth Yahoo one bit. I think that he will go to a smaller company for a portion of the business and hopefully turn it into an empire. Good luck from someone who doesn’t know you.

19 Popular Wealth

Best of Luck Jeremy Z, and good timing most likely. Yahoo is looking like the search engine that became a news portal site… and there are already lots of those.

Can’t wait to check out some of your personal projects now that you have more time on your hands!

20 Winning Startups

Good idea, Jeremy. Hope he can cash in on his stock options before Yahoo TANKS.

21 Nick Throlson

Yahoo’s Loss & Probally Googles Gain lol !

22 Website Reveiws

It is not a suprise to see yahoo’s talent jumping ship. Get out while the getting is good!

23 Chris Jacobson

My company is going to try and go after Jeremy… although I can’t say what that company is, but it is a popular tech firm.

24 Jason Pedersen

There stocks dropped like 12%. Not looking good for Yahoo.

25 Ken Nickless

Seems like the writing’s on the wall for Yahoo. First the Microsoft fiasco, now the deal between Google, are they running out of ideas? Anyway good luck to Jeremy, I doubt it will be long before he gets a reasonable job!

26 Bibokz

What up is he unto? Google HQ? Microsoft?

27 Terry Tay

If you get me a job at Google I’ll let you know.

Maybe Google should compete with the Apprentice and start a show. Instead of “You’re Fired”…They can use “You’re Hired” ™

Ok, I just trade marked “You’re Hired”…Google can contact me if interested ;-)

28 Melvin

The yahoo company will miss his service definitely…any replacement?

29 Joe Money

Apparently not. Guess this is just a bad week for Yahoo.

Carl Icahn wants Yahoo to get serious and quote a price in reality. However, Yahoo’s board has been avoiding the subject.

Icahn wants them to sell to Microsoft for $49.5 Billion. Now thats a lot of money.

30 CarlM

“But the opportunity to work in a much smaller company recently presented itself and it was simply too interesting to pass up. I’ll say more about that in the coming weeks.”

Doesn’t really sound like Google does it :)

31 Michael D

Says something about someones character to see you and Matt Cutts speaking well of him. Nice to see.

32 Christian

It’s interesting to see that he’s leaving Yahoo. I too am wondering who will replace his abilities!

33 Shaun Carter

I think the failure of Yahoo! to get anywhere with Microsoft the second time around will cause mass defections of it’s staff and only accelerate it’s downfall.

34 Binary Ant

Things like this happens everyday. Workers have to look for the best for them. It isn’t act as a mercenary, it is act in a clever way.

35 Apoorv

Good luck to him for his future life, will this affect Yahoo! ?

36 Geiger

The stock drop is probably due more to Microsoft not wanting to buy them any more. PLUS it just got announced that Yahoo will be hosting Google’s Ads. I wonder how that will work.

37 Tom

Yahoo! has lost all respect. I’m glad they didn’t give in to Microsoft’s bid though. They need to focus more on their developer network and SNS and less on search. Google is obviously dominant on Search, but Yahoo is still the #1 visited site on the internet.

38 Paul

So Yahoo sucks but is still number one?

39 Start Blogging

Wonder where he’s gonna go next!

40 Andrew

Is this is any way related to the Microsoft/Yahoo bid?

41 Best Videos

He will be joining MSN now :D

42 PPC

He’ll most propably lay low for a while and come up with something big. Maybe working for a corporation for 8 1/2 years has made him want to do it for himself?

43 PPC

It seems that even the ones that eluded the spate of pink slips yahoo was issuing recently are now fleeing.

Yahoo seems to running out of both good people and new ideas.

44 Web Marketeer

Seeing where influential yahoo personnel defect to will be an indication of possible future google opposition. Doubt if he’ll hook up with google, seeing as loads of their people have / are migrating to facebook, inter alia.

45 Web Marketeer

Indirectly, definitely….seems yahoo has run its course and the rats are fleeing the sinking ship….

46 Goran Website

That is very clever Terry, I like it, “Your Hired”. And then you add the TM, Great. And me.

47 Goran Website

Yeah Web Marketeer, there are now plenty of great places to go and work.

48 Goran Website

I think that Yahoo still has a fight in them. I have recently been marketing with them. I wish them success.

49 Goran Website

I wish him the best with whatever he does. People move because of the company they work for but also because of other reasons. It does not always have to be a Yahoo thing.

50 Geiger
51 Geiger

…and two more.

Today Yahoo is losing the creators of Flickr, Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield.

52 Forumistan

Yahoo sucks, go google !

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