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1994 20081995 2007
"Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web"
Tim Koogle, from 1995 till 2001Yahoo! Inc.
Missions
 2...
Right off the bat, we see four major periods emerge, each corresponding to a specific era in Yahoo’s governance:
 1996-20...
The first six missions
come to a total of 504
words, or 84 per
statement.
INTERNET 14
WEB 13
SERVICES 11
GUIDE 11
BRAND(ED...
The next six missions add up to 211
words, or 35 per statement. INTERNET 11
WORLDWIDE 8
LEADING 6
GLOBAL(LY) 6
BRAND 6
TRA...
The six missions in the third period
average 53 words per mission (total 320)
INTERNET 7
ONLINE 6
MEDIA 5
COMPANY 5
WORLD ...
The last five missions come to a total
of 256 words, or 51 per statement.
PEOPLE 5
EXPERIENCES 5
DEVICES 5
CONNECTED 5
BUS...
Except Yahoo, apparently: the statistical analysis of the 23 missions total 1291 words,
averaging 56 words per statement.
...
Yahoo is a guide focused on informing, connecting, and entertaining our users. By
creating highly personalized experiences...
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After 21 years of reflection and 23 unsuccessful attempts to create a compelling statement for users as well as shareholders and investors, the time may have come for Yahoo and its executives to solve this problem.

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  1. 1. 1994 20081995 2007 "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" Tim Koogle, from 1995 till 2001Yahoo! Inc. Missions  20162011 2012 2013 2014 2015 JerryYang, from 2007 till 2009 NO to Microsoft bid, too low! Microsoft unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo $31/share … What’s next? Feb. 1 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 CEOMarch Yahoo! "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle" Terry Semel, from 2001 till 2007 10 11 12 IPO April CEO 20102009 Missions [Ross Levinsohn], from 2009 till 2012 Carol Bartz, [Tim Morse], Scott Thompson& MarissaMayer, from 2012 till now 13 14 15 July 16 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 1 72 3 4 5 6 8 9 Jul 07, 2015, last but not last, 23rd mission: Yahoo is a guide focused on informing, connecting, and entertaining our users. www.jmleray.com / 2015 Aabacospin-off July 21 years, 23 missions 20 08 All-time high price share 125,03 $ Gen 04, 2000 All-time low price share 3,88 $ Sep 28, 2001 post-Microsoft bid low price share 8,94 $ Nov 20, 2008 post-Microsoft bid high price share 52,62 $ Nov 18, 2014 Average price share June-July 2015, ÷ $40 David Filo
  2. 2. Right off the bat, we see four major periods emerge, each corresponding to a specific era in Yahoo’s governance:  1996-2001, CEO Tim Koogle, 6 missions, a new one each year  2002-2009, CEOs Terry Semel + Jerry Yang, 6 missions  2009-2012, 4 CEOs: Carol Bartz, Tim Morse [interim], Scott Thompson & Ross Levinsohn [interim], 6 missions  2012-present, CEO Marissa Mayer, 5 missions
  3. 3. The first six missions come to a total of 504 words, or 84 per statement. INTERNET 14 WEB 13 SERVICES 11 GUIDE 11 BRAND(ED)/S 10 ONLINE 9 COMPANY 9 BUSINESS 8 MEDIA 7 NAVIGATIONAL 6 GLOBAL 6 USER 5 TRAFFIC 5 NETWORK 5 LEADING 5 Here is the list of the 15 most frequently used terms The key message is Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is a global Internet media company, a global Internet communications, commerce and media company, and if you still don’t get it, a leading global Internet communications, commerce and media company.
  4. 4. The next six missions add up to 211 words, or 35 per statement. INTERNET 11 WORLDWIDE 8 LEADING 6 GLOBAL(LY) 6 BRAND 6 TRAFFICKED 4 SERVICES 4 PRODUCTS 4 ONLINE 4 BUSINESSES 4 PROVIDER 3 DESTINATIONS 3 CONSUMERS 3 COMPREHENSIVE 3 USERS 3 Here is the list of the 15 most frequently used terms Yahoo! Inc. becomes a leading provider, then a leading global Internet brand, and for the first time (the one and only) officially formalized his “mission” (mission 11): “Yahoo!'s mission is to connect people to their passions, their communities, and the world's knowledge”.
  5. 5. The six missions in the third period average 53 words per mission (total 320) INTERNET 7 ONLINE 6 MEDIA 5 COMPANY 5 WORLD 4 TRAFFICKED 4 TECHNOLOGY 4 MILLIONS 4 INNOVATIVE 4 EXPERIENCES 4 DESTINATIONS 4 CONTENT 4 VISION 3 USERS 3 SERVICES 3 Here is the list of the 15 most frequently used terms It was during this period that the company officially formalized his “vision” (missions 14, 15 and 16): “Yahoo!'s vision is to be the center of people's online lives by delivering personally relevant, meaningful Internet experiences”.
  6. 6. The last five missions come to a total of 256 words, or 51 per statement. PEOPLE 5 EXPERIENCES 5 DEVICES 5 CONNECTED 5 BUSINESSES 5 BUILD 5 ADVERTISERS 5 USERS 4 FOCUSED 4 CONNECTING 4 VALUE 3 PERSONALIZED 3 GLOBE 3 ENTERTAINING 3 AUDIENCES 3 The key message of Marissa Mayer is Yahoo! is a technology-powered media company…, Yahoo! is focused on…, Yahoo! is a guide focused on… and the list of the 15 most frequently used terms change slightly from the previous three lists
  7. 7. Except Yahoo, apparently: the statistical analysis of the 23 missions total 1291 words, averaging 56 words per statement. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft And all the terms that appear most often within each of the four periods (aside from “Yahoo” and its variations) form a semantic cloud revealing the 40 most frequently used words:
  8. 8. Yahoo is a guide focused on informing, connecting, and entertaining our users. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Because having too many missions & visions just means you have no mission, no vision at all! Changing mission statements is no small thing, especially when it’s a company as big as Yahoo! It’s a strategic decision, which you’d imagine would be backed by mature thoughts, and not done on the fly… But after 21 years of reflection and 23 unsuccessful attempts to create a compelling statement for users as well as shareholders and investors, the time may have come for Yahoo and its executives to solve this problem. As we can see with just a glance at the cloud, the “vision” is completely lost in the whole, which is more a cacophony offering little hope of any coherence. Maybe that’s also why, in the last two missions, Yahoo has lost its exclamation point. Last but not last, the current mission is: CONCLUSION

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