Yahoo Loses One Of Its Most Respected Employees

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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.

55 thoughts on “Yahoo Loses One Of Its Most Respected Employees

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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…..

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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 ;-)
    ~Terry

  14. 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.

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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