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Jerry Yang Quotes

Jerry Chih Yuan Yang

Jerry Yang quotes: feedback from the Yahoo co-founder.

“If you find something that feels right but doesn’t seem to fit into your master plan, take a chance, and commit to it by working hard.  You shouldn’t be afraid to let passion get behind the wheel.  You might really love where you end up.”

“And don’t worry, it’s a long life.  You don’t need to rush to be or do something.  Your job is to walk out into the unknown and see what happens.  Take your time, learn and enjoy something from each job, layer it on, and then pass it along so others can benefit from your wisdom.”

“The difference between a good violinist and a virtuoso comes down to ambition and having the discipline to put in the requisite time.  As someone once said, ‘In golf as in life, it is the follow-through that makes the difference.'”

“In basketball, there’s a saying about ‘hanging around the hoop’ in order to grab a rebound and score.  In business, if you are in the arena operating—even unsuccessfully—you see and hear things that give you an opportunity.”

“If you’re not in the game to win, you shouldn’t be in the game.”

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can postpone to the day after.”

“Internally we say to people, ‘You always have other options.'”

“For me, entrepreneurship means finding a common, strong mission to build something that would have impact, or change the world.  While the goal of building a great product or company is very important, the journey of getting there is what I treasure the most.”

“The most enjoyable part of my entrepreneurial journey is going through the ups and downs of building a team.  There is nothing like having built a team that shares the same strong passion and beliefs, and mostly sharing that journey of success and failure together.  For me, there is some natural risk-taking that I was born with, but so much of being an entrepreneur is also learned—through hard work and the team you are surrounded by.”

“I think that it’s always possible to have a great company if you have great ideas.  I will say that since the web has become more commercialized, it also takes some good financial resources to build a great business, but as I always say, you have to have the idea first.”

“The internet’s a driving force in the change from mass media to ‘my media,’ in which consumers will be their own programmers.”

“If you look at the under 35s, who grew up with the net, their media consumption and approach to technology is completely different to their parents’ generation.  They rely on the net for information, work, entertainment, and keeping in touch with friends and family.”

“The internet, as a First Amendment medium, hinges on free expression, and that means free advertising.”

“First and foremost, the internet is unique since it is the only interactive medium… and that’s important because from a content, service and communications perspective, we web folks try to take advantage of that interactivity.”

“There’s definitely a huge opportunity for businesses to transform their operations and decision making by using data.”

“The cloud has become the next-generation supercomputer, and the smartphone has provided the revolution to spur its use.”

“I’m a Stanford kid through and through.”

“Certainly Yahoo wouldn’t exist without the sort of environment that Stanford gave us to allow us to create it.”

“The biggest struggle was probably giving up something that we’d been doing for five or six years (doing our PhDs) and almost being there.”

“It is a pretty recognizable brand name.  Originally it was ‘Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web’ but we settled on ‘Yahoo.’  In June 1994, while it was still our hobby, we renamed it ‘Yahoo’ to stand for ‘Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.'”

“David and I and the rest of the Yahoos here really believe that the internet should remain as free as possible.  At the same time we are a business and have fiscal responsibilities.”

“Yahoo is in everything from pets to old people to finance to communications to e-commerce and more, and I really thrive on that.”

“We are driving innovation to be leaders in areas such as advertising, music, broadband and search.  Consumers vote with their mouse every day and we never take their choices for granted.”

“People always ask me why I took myself out of the day-to-day operating responsibility.  But that’s never what I wanted to do, and besides, I knew so little about business that I didn’t want to slow things down when the company began to scale up.”

“I will continue to focus on global strategy and to do everything I can to help Yahoo realize its full potential and enhance its leading culture of technology and product excellence and innovation.”

“My time at Yahoo, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life.”

“I am ready to dig in to address the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

“The Yahoo story is still being written.”

“The time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo.”

“I haven’t gotten any calls to run GM.”

“I invest in things for the long-term and have a long horizon and the flexibility.”

“The last bastion of competitiveness is local advertising sales.  There’s little being spent by local advertisers on the internet.  That’s where local media have leverage.”

“Once you meet an entrepreneur like Jack Ma, you just want to make sure you bet on him.  It’s not a hard decision.”

“We’re making a real difference.  I believe we still are.”

“I thought I wanted to be an electrical engineer, which I turned out to be.  But I was always curious about other things too, and what if I got interested in history or the law?”

“I wanted to be able to do things at my own pace, make mistakes and nobody would care.”

“My success is a dream come true, and in many ways it’s what America is all about.  Nowhere else in the world could people like me do something like this.  I described myself as ‘lazy’ in grad school, then I was known at Yahoo as Grumpy (my official title: ChiefYahoo) due to my fixation on staying ahead of the competition.”

“I’m the luckiest person alive.  I’ve always thought of myself as the luckiest person in the world because of the timing of my investment in Alibaba.”

“Without rain, there is no life.”

“So get out there, go see the world, chart your own footprints on different lands than you are familiar with!  It’s really hard to dream if you can’t imagine the possibilities.”

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