John Boudreau, unable to get anyone credible to comment on the Deep Meaning of the Microsoft! bid for Yahoo!, quotes me! in today’s Mercury News!:
After just 14 years in which it helped launch the Internet age, Yahoo has hit “middle age” and faces the fate of many other iconic Silicon Valley companies – takeover bait.
Microsoft’s $44.6 billion unsolicited bid for Yahoo is yet another indication of a common valley axiom: Innovate or face unwanted suitors.
“Yahoo may join the long list of distinguished companies going back to Fairchild Semiconductor known in their time for doing great stuff that couldn’t keep up with the times,” said Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a research director for the non-profit Institute for the Future.
Actually, I love you John– you do great work, and help me look more impressive to my in-laws.
[To the tune of Ella Fitzgerald, “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” from the album “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook“.]