February 13, 2008

Yahoo is always early


In the article above it lists the miss steps of yahoo in the corporate merger and aqusition game. Fans of Yahoo claim it was visionary but its problem it was "early".

I think Yahoo should take the Microsoft offer and call it a day.

1. GeoCitiesYahoo paid almost $3 billion in 1999 for GeoCities, a pioneer of social-networking on the World Wide Web, only to have the social-networking site whither away under its control. As one person close to the situation told Deal Journal’s Dennis K. Berman in this recent column: “Had they done things right with GeoCities, there would be no Facebook, YouTube or MySpace.” Which leads us to…Facebook or MySpaceFlash forward, almost a decade, and Yahoo finds itself flat-footed as such social-networking sites as MySpace and Facebook increasingly become rivals.

Yahoo stood by as News Corp. gobbled up MySpace for $580 million According to the latest Fortune, Yahoo had a $1 billion deal on the table for Facebook, which fell apart after it lowered its price to $850 million. If Yahoo hadn’t lowered its price, then perhaps its share price doesn’t tumble and then Yahoo isn’t…well you see where we’re going with this.

2. Broadcast.comThis is
perhaps the most famous of Yahoo’s missteps. At $4.3 billion, the all-stock deal also is Yahoo’s most expensive acquisition, according to Dealogic. Broadcast.com, a company that specialized in helping conventional radio stations extend their reach by broadcasting their signals over the Internet, never panned out and by 2002 Yahoo had shut it down. (On the plus side it produced ever-colorful billionaire sports-team
owner Mark Cuban.)

YouTubeIt is somewhat difficult comparing deals from different eras. But Yahoo was also in the running to purchase YouTube back in 2006. It fell into the hands of Google for $1.65 billion, and Yahoo still trails Google in Web video to this day.

3. Inktomi & OvertureBy 2002, Google had gone from Yahoo partner to Yahoo rival. In response to Google’s encroachment, Yahoo snapped up these two businesses to fight back. Search engine Inktomi replaced Google for Yahoo’s search technology. Overture placed ads on Web pages. The problem was that Inktomi and Overture did not produce results as good as Google’s. Which brings us to…Google Yes, Google. Probably, the do-over Yahoo most fantasizes about. Yahoo had an opportunity to buy Google in 2001. Over dinner, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel discussed a deal. Alas, Brin and Page wanted $3 billion to sell and Yahoo walked away, according to this Sunday Telegraph article. Today a $162 billion mulligan. Do we need to say anything more?

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