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Revving up the innovation engine

Posted: 7th of June, 2013

By David Filo, Co-founder of Yahoo!

 

This past weekend, we celebrated Yahoo!’s 18th birthday. A birthday is a good time to reflect on the experiences that have helped shape you. This one is no different.

 

That’s why our birthday was the perfect time to bring together Yahoos from around the world for our quarterly Hackday. We created our first Hackday in 2005, bringing some of our most eager minds together in an all-night coding session. I’m proud that this tradition has continued.

Hackday Final Presentation at Sunnyvale                  


Hackdays are special for Yahoos -- as much a part of our history as our birthday itself. Hackers from all over the world come together for 24 hours to create something truly special. The experience is memorable, not only for the eccentricities, but also for the inspiring hacks that Yahoos create. Some hacks have become full-fledged products, like Yahoo! Weather for Android.
 

For our 18th birthday, we decided to turn our Hackday up a notch. We challenged hackers to focus on making our core products more inspiring, entertaining and innovative.

 

We were blown away by the number of Yahoos, diversity of hacks and creative energy. And, in fact, we broke a hack-to-product record by integrating the winning hack into our existing products within just a few days of its victory. This winning hack intelligently helps users find a web page when they have an incomplete URL for that page. Y! Canada News and Y! Sports blog are already live with this new feature.


 
Hackday Winners with David Filo and Yahoo Develop Network

We also broke another record -- it was our biggest Hackday in the history of Yahoo!. Yahoos participated from nine offices across six time zones, all the way from Sunnyvale to Singapore, and from Norway to India.

 

We’re excited to turn our hacks into products, so stay tuned to see what’s in the pipeline.


Happy 18th Birthday, Yahoo!. Here’s to many more ..

 

The original post is from Yahoo! Yodel Blog

Founder of Yahoo! Spain invited to meet Spanish Princess

Posted: 20th of December, 2012

Our very own Noelia Fernandez, EMEA’s vice president of Media Network, was born 40 years ago in Santander, Spain. Since then, she’s founded Yahoo Spain, become the Director of Products & Services, moved to the European headquarters to become the Head of Audience for the EMEA region, and now leads the Media Network Group for EMEA.

 

40 years ago, another amazing woman was born: Spanish Princess Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. In honor of the Princess’ 40th birthday, Tiempo magazine gathered 12 outstanding women to help her celebrate. Noelia was on the guest list. It was an informal meeting where they shared personal stories of their achievements, and chatted about issues, including the current financial situation in Spain, and the evolving roles of women in the workplace.

 

Along with Noelia, the list included: Inma Shara, orchestra conductor; Laia Marull, actress; Eugenia Rico, writer; Concha Buika, singer; Conchita Martínez, tennis player; Carmen Belén Molina Caballero, Chemical Engineer professor; Montserrat Martí Caballé, soprano; Gema Gallardo, NGO President; Teresa San Jurjo, Foundation Director; the senator María Elena Diego Castellanos (PSOE); and Juliana Fernández Cueva Lominchar (PP, the party in the Spanish Government).


The 12 women were chosen for their amazing accomplishments, each innovators and leaders in their fields. These remarkable women were all in their forties and are winning leaders in their own areas, including literature, music, cinema, sports, politics, culture and the Internet. As a group, they felt that being in their forties is a great age for them, and for women in general, as it’s usually a time when there’s clarity around the paths that they’ve chosen. "I was so proud to represent in that meeting women in technology and business in front of the Princess and that amazing group and explain how what me and many Yahoos everyday that impact lives of many Spanish and citizens around the World,” said Noelia. “Yahoo! is the best place in the world to do that if you have a passion for technology and for content. They all smiled and one told me, Concha Buika, that she comes everyday to our frontpage because she loves our stories."

Back at Yahoo!, Noelia’s team spreads over the UK, Italy and Egypt, impacting our users every single day. Quoted as a leader who has “purple in her veins,” we’re proud to call Noelia a Yahoo!

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Yahoo! Launches Livestand!

Posted: 7th of June, 2013
Livestand is now available! A personalized living magazine, Livestand weaves together content from leading third-party publishers and Yahoo!'s global media network to create a visually stunning and deeply personalized digital experience tailored to each people's interests and passions.

Visit Livestand on Facebook! 
Hear from one of the Livestand Engineers
Like most engineers, Daivak Shah likes building things from the ground up. So naturally, when presented with the opportunity to help create Livestand for Yahoo!, Daivak jumped at the chance. The Senior Engineering Manager for Livestand describes the initiative a “content eco-system,” weaving together the vast amount of content that Yahoo has at its disposal into a rich, custom-tailored experience for consumers, advertisers and publishers. Being able to take an active role in building this game-changing user experience has kept Daivak invested in Yahoo “I feel passionate about what I’m building and I’m enjoying what I’m working on.”

In My Own Words - "Amazingly Ordinary" - What does that mean?

Posted: 24th of October, 2011
What does "amazingly ordinary" mean? Yahoo Alan Brightman explains the idea behind Independence-2011.

In this article, we meet Alan Brightman. As a leader in the Global Accessibility Team, Alan opens our eyes to what a Yahoo user with disabilities may feel, and how we can all learn about the humanity of accessibility during Yahoo!'s Independence-2011.

Be honest. If you were able to picture our hundreds of millions of users, how often do you think that picture would include individuals with disabilities?
Never? Yes, that’s pretty much the average. And understandably so. After all, most of us have almost no direct experience with disabled people so if we ever do think about kids or adults with disabilities, we usually think about them as being somehow “special” - as being very different from who we usually think of as Yahoo users.

Just Plain Ordinary

Many years ago, a friend of mine told me from his wheelchair that the toughest thing about being disabled is, “I’m never perceived as just plain ordinary. I’m either noticed too much or noticed not at all.” That’s a strange place to be, not being able to simply blend in—to be invisible—whenever you want.

And that is how the idea for Yahoo!’s Independence-2011 came about.

The Humanity of Accessibility

More than a thousand Yahoos have toured our Accessibility Labs in Sunnyvale and Bangalore and, as a result, have learned a lot about the technology of accessibility. What we haven’t been able to teach well enough, though, is the humanity of accessibility or what I think of as the ordinariness of disability. So we’re bringing that amazing ordinariness to the Yahoo campus. We’re giving Yahoos the opportunity to better understand the disabled experience in a comfortable, engaging, and non-threatening setting.

Independence-2011 Activities

There will be a lot going on during Independence-2011. A nationally known chef, who happens to be blind, will display his culinary talents in an activity called “Cooking Without Looking.” An organization known as the AbleGamers Foundation will show how kids and adults with profound disabilities use various assistive technologies to play the same video games on the same consoles as everyone else. The National Center for Accessible Media will be on hand demonstrating a variety of technologies, including one that they invented, which enables people who are deaf to watch captioned versions of first-run movies while sitting right next to someone—in a mainstream movie theater—who isn’t seeing any captions at all.

Other activities and demos will be arrayed across the Yahoo campus, including what many Yahoos see as a rare opportunity to show off their basketball prowess. They’ll be playing in wheelchairs on our courts against a professional wheelchair basketball team from Berkeley.

Las Vegas odds have yet to be posted for the wheelchair basketball competitions, but I think it’s safe to say that the guys in the purple shirts will be humbled. And trounced.

Alan Brightman
VP, Global Accessibility Team
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USA Today: Yahoo's big streaming event for President Clinton

Posted: 24th of October, 2011
USA Today posted an article about the Clinton - Decade of Difference Concert!
Replay the Decade of Difference concert online here.

Yahoo's big streaming event for President Clinton
By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY

The stars were out in Hollywood on Saturday night -- former President Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga, Bono and The Edge, Stevie Wonder, Usher, to name a few -- but the pressure to perform was on Yahoo.
It was responsible for live streaming a gala Hollywood Bowl concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation, and flawlessly deliver three-and-a-half hours of entertainment without a hitch. It did.
Hundreds of thousands worldwide tuned into the rare Yahoo-streamed concert, and they have another six months to watch all or parts of it...

...to read the rest of the article click here.

YMCA Women’s Career Day – Special Guest Writer Lexy Folkes

Posted: 14th of September, 2011
Originally posted on the WIT blog. By Kelli Lane.

An elite group of young ladies from the YMCA came to visit Y! WIT here in Burbank. Many of the girls were Seniors in High School who are working out their futures with careful planning. The Y! WIT team, led by Yolanda Person-Collins, spent time with the ladies in a true mentor fashion; conveying the reality of the hardships of life alongside the excitement for their future. Many women from Yahoo spoke, some with hard-knock lives and others successful with no degree to speak of, showing the girls that each person has their own path. The WIT team reinforced the unique path idea by assisting them with personality tests. The Meyer’s Briggs test showed them in which areas they may be best suited for a career. All in all, the girls responded well to the ideas. Three Seniors in High School cited Christine Del Muro as an inspiration to follow their dreams. Many girls that age admit to feeling lost. We hope the little time we had with them could promote confidence to reach out to older women and seek wisdom and advice.


The Girls

Rather than read from us how it went from our end, we asked Lexy Folkes, an aspiring writer from the program to tell us about her experience.

"It was the day after I graduated high school and my YMCA Adviser asked me to go to Yahoo Women’s Career Day. Get up at 7 and drive a car full of girls? No thanks. I was finally bribed and persuaded but it was well past worth it when I stepped through the doors of the Yahoo building and was dazzled by all the high tech lights. Five minutes later and I’m being greeted by a room full of inspirational women. I catch wind that there is free coffee and I almost cried. I return to the room, free latte in hand, and hear testimonials from women who play key roles in the functioning of the Yahoo business. The tour had a full showing of the Yahoo campus, which is surely modeled like a giant child’s playground. The entire show was met with another deliciously free meal and more words from the Yahoo representatives. Questions ensued with valuable pieces of advice dealt left and right. It wasn’t until the whole shebang was through that I came to fully appreciate the entire experience. I gravitated towards the woman who was the representative for the field I wish to pursue: writing, journalism and the arts. Her advice was invaluable and I took her challenges seriously. I’ve been presented with an opportunity to use my skills and exhibit my talents for Yahoo and it is through the willing, collaborative parts of the Yahoo women that presented this chance. The bribing and free coffee was a plus but the knowledge and guidance was far more appreciable."


Girls and WIT

Lexy, it was our pleasure. We look forward to updates about your life in the future. And to all the girls in the program who attended, WIT hopes to hear more about you in the future. We were the ones who were "dazzled" by your brilliant futures!

Let’s Do Lunch – Yahoo! Women Give Great Advice

Posted: 30th of November, 2011

Women In Tech had lunch with three extraordinary Yahoo leaders: Cheryl Ainoa, Fay Hellal and Yvette Martinez-Rea. Guests enjoyed Portos and some amazing insight.

The speakers answered audience questions such as:

    * “How do you deal with difficult people?”
    * “What are the benefits of having an MBA?”
    * “As a mother, how do you practice work-life balance?”
    * “How do we nurture a woman’s ambition?”

Here’s what our speakers recommended:

    * Know your manager’s, manager’s goals and help your boss to achieve those goal
    * Know your boundaries at home and at work
    * Know your priorities for excellence
    * Manage your guilt, set appropriate expectations
    * Set clear objectives when dealing with difficult people
    * And last, "Redefine difficult." Remember people process information differently

Key Insights on career development:

   1. Create a board of directors for your life compiled of the following types of board members from varied professions: a person two levels higher (mentor level), a peer, and a person two levels lower (mentee)
   2. Think about the expectations placed on your boss
   3. To better understand work politics read the book: It’s All Politics

Dealing with difficult people: There is a difference between a difficult superior and a difficult client or peer.

   1. Peers/clients: Find ways to influence peers towards a common goal-- do not dictate the path.
   2. Bosses: Take a step back and figure out the root issue, then apply that to your next encounter.
   3. Take the Meyers Briggs Test to find out more about personality types: here (the test costs money)

Nurturing Ambition/MBA FAQs

   1. MBA's can be helpful to show the mosaic picture, using other’s experiences in the business world, we can learn a lot.
   2. The more you see the “big picture” the more you will know how you can make an impact.
   3. Give yourself permission to learn.
   4. Learn how to “manage your guilt” as an ambitious person.
   5. Give yourself permission to get less than an “A” on the unimportant parts of life: (Make your time with your kids “A+” time, and time spent on after hour work calls "F")
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Broadcasting Live on Yahoo! only - "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J.Clinton Foundation"

Posted: 7th of June, 2013
Posted on CNBC - 
"A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation" will feature special performances by Lady Gaga, Usher, and a rare acoustic performance by U2's The Edge and Bono, as well as additional artists to be announced. The concert will be held at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA and will be broadcast live only on Yahoo (http://clintonconcert.yahoo.com).

"I am proud that some of today's most influential performers are coming together to raise awareness about the work of my Foundation," said President Bill Clinton. "In the past decade, commitments to my Clinton Global Initiative have improved the lives of more than 300 million people around the world. We've lowered the cost of AIDS and HIV treatment, combated climate change, strengthened economies, increased access to education and healthcare, provided financing and mentoring for small businesses. This celebration marks ten years of these efforts and demonstrates how much we can do to make a difference in the years ahead." Millions of people around the world will be able to watch the concert live only on Yahoo!, the premier digital media company and the exclusive live online broadcast partner for the concert. The live concert will be available at http://clintonconcert.yahoo.com. The concert will be featured globally and will be also available on-demand on Yahoo!, which will feature highlights and interviews with the artists, and other guests during and after the live event on October 15. At Yahoo!, viewers will be able to donate to the William J. Clinton Foundation....

For the entire article please visit this link.

Also check out more details on Yahoo! Music Blog - Stop the Presses! Photo courtesy of the Stop the Presses blog.