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LSPE

LSPE India Celebrates First Successful Year!

Posted: 1st of August, 2013

In 2012, a group of Yahoo engineers in Bangalore created a meetup to share ideas, collaborate on solving problems, and learn from each other’s experiences. Throughout the year, this core team created a platform that not only brought their community together in one place, but also cemented Yahoo!’s thought leadership in the large-scale systems engineering community. Read on to learn more about Large-Scale Production Engineering India (LSPE-IN) and how the team is working to build our brand. 


LSPE-IN started out as an informal forum to deepen technical conversations around scale in India. How would you describe it today?

LSPE-IN is a community of engineers who solve problems regarding large-scale Internet applications, and provide a platform where they can share their experiences. Providing such a platform also helps industry professionals share their experiences. New engineers in the field can go beyond just troubleshooting problems to actually solving intrinsic architectural issues.

A lot of startups and even new teams in existing companies in the field make the same architectural mistakes in the early phases of their product. Consequently, they learn the right approach to solving problems the hard way. We hope that a forum like LSPE- IN will raise community awareness, so that service can improve throughout the company and in the Internet space.

The meetup has resulted in repeat sign-ups. In fact, one of the recent events you hosted saw participation from across 32 different external organizations in Bangalore. Why has the meetup struck a chord with the community?

Quite a few participants we have spoken to mentioned that they gain new perspectives at each meetup. There are a wide variety of Internet services out there and subsequently a wide variety of problems to solve. Engineers working in a particular domain are naturally curious about how others solve challenges that arise in their respective domains. A lot of times, the solutions found by different teams can provide others with ideas to solve their own challenges. We think this curiosity brings engineers together in meetups like this.

Are there any specific successes you would like to share?

The case studies that we have been providing in the last two sessions have been a surprise hit. Most conferences are one-sided, with participants only listening and not participating. For the case studies, we asked all the participants to sit in informal teams and provide solutions based on group consensus. This brought engineers from different companies together to solve problems. It broke down intercompany barriers and encouraged engineers to truly work together as a community. Less-experienced engineers benefited from the perspective that more seasoned engineers bring to the table, making these sessions very unique.

Can you give us a sneak peek on the plans for next year and what the community will focus on?

Going forward, we might look into making some of our domains more focused, and incorporate "tracks" in the agenda. For example, we might have a database track for engineers focused on database scalability, or a security track which handles issues in large-scale systems.

Some of us are also interested in contributing to the challenges our government institutions face in order to improve the quality of public service. We had a talk in our last session by a representative from the Cloud Computing Innovation Council, which brings the tech industry, academia and government together. This got a great response, with several participants sending offline inquiries to the speaker about how they can help. We might have more talks along those lines.

Can you share some insight on how LSPE-IN helped build the Yahoo brand in India?

LSPE-IN has helped cement Yahoo!’s thought leadership in the large-scale systems engineering community in Bangalore. Over half of the talks at these meetups have been given by Yahoo engineers, and participants have appreciated the insights they got out of these meets.

Before such a platform existed, appreciation for Yahoo was mostly given at an informal level or through the media. By connecting the external community directly with engineers at Yahoo at these events, folks are realizing the unique challenges that Yahoo faces because of the scale it operates on. This helps them acknowledge our leadership in the field.

Feel free to join our group at http://www.meetup.com/lspe-in/ 

Check out photos from the event here and below:



Big Thinkers 2013

2013 Big Thinkers India Series: Yahoo! Labs' thought leadership in research and science

Posted: 7th of June, 2013


Ronny Lempel
Chief Data Scientist, Yahoo! Labs, Israel, drew an extremely engaged audience from across industry and academia at his recent Big Thinkers session in Bangalore. Ronny’s talk kicked off the Yahoo Big Thinkers India Series for 2013, a well-regarded lecture series by Yahoo Labs on cutting edge areas in science, technology and the Internet. Ronny’s topic was Recommendation Challenges in Web Media Settings. He spoke about how recommendation technology is at the core of the effort to personalize media consumption on the Web, be it news stories or streaming music. Outlining research challenges and trends in the art of recommendation technology, Ronny said, “The key problem researchers are looking at involve the ability to suggest sequences, frame the user’s context, find people with similar interests and, finally, recommend to people things their friends have experienced.” 


With Yahoo!’s focus on building highly personalized experiences that connect people to what matters most to them, technologies like recommender systems are central to personalizing user experience.
 Ronny’s visit to India served to highlight Yahoo!’s thought leadership in research and science, and how it links to our business, in this case personalization and ad targeting.


The talk 
brought together over 130 researchers and practitioners around the emerging topics of recommender systems from leading tech companies like GE, Bosch, Siemens and Flipkart, along with several start-ups. “This kind of participation stimulates an exchange of ideas among the top minds in industry and academia and promotes a culture of open collaboration,” said Dr. Sridhar Mitta, an industry veteran and founder of NextWealth, who attended the talk. 




During his visit, Ronny also visited IIT-Bombay, a top tech college in India, where he guided several students on their research topics around recommendation technology.


His interactions through his India visit were characterized by deep technical discussions in research areas like Recommendation Technology, evolution of big data and the challenges of maintaining a balance between personalization and contextualization of the Internet. On his role as Chief Data Scientist, Yahoo Labs, Ronny Lempel explained, “It is about looking at the areas where Yahoo Labs interacts with our product groups to develop Yahoo products. A lot of it has to do with personalization and ad targeting, which has a big reliance on recommendation technology. Machine learning, natural language processing and search technologies are all aspects that are important as to me as Chief Data Scientist. Beyond that, I also interact with our systems teams to define what the next generation of big data computational systems might look like or what is missing in our current generation of systems.”


Ahead of his Big Thinkers session, Ronny interacted with the media and was featured in-depth in some 
of India’s leading mainstream and financial dailies. You can see a snapshot of the coverage below:

Personalization and ad targeting rely on recommendation – The Financial Express 
Big data is not a new thing: Ronny Lempel – Mint
Yahoo! bets big on personal recommendations – Deccan Chronicle

Yahoo! Sponsors The AMPLab, Donates Servers To Help University Research

Posted: 7th of June, 2013

“Yahoo! is taking incredibly relevant research and implementing it at a scale you have never seen before”, said Ram Sriharsha, a Principal Software Engineer at Yahoo while speaking at the Y! Star event in the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences’ AMPLab (Algorithms, Machine Learning and People Lab).


Ram, addressed a room of more than 25, post-graduate Computer Science students, and spoke about the exciting problem solving he gets to do at Yahoo!, while working on improving products that are part of millions of users daily habits.Yahoo!’s current focus on Cloud Computing, Machine learning and Crowdsourcing, tie very closely to the founding principles of the AMPLab at UC Berkeley, which makes them a fantastic partner.


Students at the talk by Ram Sriharsha


The event on the Berkeley campus was to celebrate this great partnership between Yahoo and the AMPLab, which is focused on addressing new challenges and opportunities in Big Data analytics. In an initiative called Y!STAR (Yahoo! Servers To Academic Researchers) Yahoo is refurbishing and donating decommissioned servers to university researchers. So far, 2,400 servers, with a total estimated value over $980,000 have been distributed across to 36 campuses – 30 in the U.S., five in Europe, and one in India.

After the event, students had the opportunity to discuss internships, new grad and postdoctoral opportunities with Ram and other Yahoos at the event.


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 ..

 

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Yahoo! brings Agency Hack to India

Posted: 16th of January, 2013


After the Yahoo WPP and Publicis Hack days in New York, which drew top developers, marketers and designers from the digital advertising and consumer media industry, Yahoo recently brought Agency Hack to India. Held in Gurgaon, an influential tech and media hub, this was our first-ever hackathon in the region open exclusively to advertising agencies.

Some of the country’s biggest ad agencies like Ogilvy, Webchutney and Digitas were there. What made the format interesting was the participation not just from developers, but also designers, user-experience specialists, digital strategists, media planners and copy writers.

Participating teams could choose to either build a campaign-based solution or a product-based one using technologies from Yahoo and other players. Teams came up with smart digital hacks and other ideas to solve real-life problems in a frenzied 24 hours. Working prototypes ranged from mobile apps, to companion apps in a living room experience, to social apps for voting and blood donation. (See the complete list here.)

Since this was a creative bunch, the event had its share of whacky ideas. The winner, “Y! Loo.” was a hardware hack that leverages Yahoo Messenger and enables users to remotely check the availability of their office loos (or conference rooms) and physically knock on the door if engaged! Webchutney took home the Gold for this notification system which they described as an “interactive restroom service.” :)

Digitas walked away with the Silver for their Twitter-based hack “Twinority Report”, a Tweet investigator that anticipates criminal intentions ranging from drug abuse to suicide to serious national threats, by analyzing keyword patterns. (This could also be of use to marketers to gauge or assess a new market / trend).

Sapient Nitro took home the Bronze for their movie viewing companion experience platform “Lens”. This digital advertisement publishing platform enables digital production houses to create ads in the movie timeline in rich visualization formats. Ads created on Lens can be published to companion apps of the production houses on platforms like iOS, Windows and Android.

The judging panel comprised technology, media and marketing experts
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The event was jointly organized by YDN, India Marketing, Communications and the Events team. Our YDN tech crew was also there to support the hackers. When participant Rohit Chaudhary’s fellow teammates could not make it to the event, the YDN crew guided this Strategy Planner from Reprise Media to build his hack – an app for blood donation which helps you find blood donors in your locality. 

Agency Hack was held as a precursor to the prestigious Yahoo Big Idea Chair Awards 2012, which celebrates India’s most cutting-edge work in digital advertising. This year, the event drew a record 383 entries. “In the past, we have recognized innovation and excellence in digital advertising through the Big Idea Chair Awards. This year, with Agency Hack, we have gone a step further by encouraging innovation and giving agencies a playground to hack their ideas. Given the response, we would be looking to make this an annual event that builds on our commitment to digital,” says Nitin.

There was keen media interest, given the format of the event, with journalists stopping by to meet the teams. One of the first pieces of coverage appeared in the Hindustan Times, which is among the largest circulated English dailies in India. The paper’s tech commentator, N. Madhavan, hung out with the teams and shared the experience in his column. Read it online.

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Yahoo! Year End Party

Purple Party People!

Posted: 21st of December, 2012

Yahoo!’s Year End Bash in Bangalore included a carnival, an exclusive concert and of course, a crowd that rocked!


“The best part of the evening was when my daughter got KK’s autograph, smiled, and told me, “Daddy, I love you for joining Yahoo!” :) That was a personal highlight for Y! Senior Product Manager Yogesh Rao, one of many Yahoos who partied at Yahoo India R&D’s year-end bash in Bangalore. Annual parties are a tradition at Yahoo!. But this year was extra special, because Yahoos were joined by their families and friends.


Right up, the kids found something they couldn’t get enough of – a carnival enclosure. This came replete with stilt-walkers and every possible game under the sun. Parents had a tough time separating their children from their favorite stalls. That is, till the kids discovered an on-the-spot dance workshop. :) They had plenty of sustenance though, to keep their energy levels up. The Taj West End team was on hand to whip up a wide spread through the party.


Former Zoom anchor and TV host Neha Sareen was the MC for the evening, which had a line up of superb performances. A dance act by Yogi’s Angels was backed by some very talented in-house performances, as Yahoo!’s employees took the stage. There was much cheering through the choreographed dance sequences, mad ads, and near-professional singing, as Yahoos rooted for their versatile teammates.


A big highlight of the evening was the concert by Bollywood singer KK, who flew down to perform exclusively at the party. He rocked the venue with a concert that had Yahoos screaming for more. (Think Yaaron, Bas Ek Pal, Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai live, with KK just a few feet away…!) 


In spite of the gloomy weather forecast, the rain stayed away. No grey skies, but there was plenty of purple, Yahoo!’s signature color, to add a splash of color to this party.

Big fight for Yahoo!’s Big Idea Chair

Posted: 17th of December, 2012

Awards which honor digital excellence drew a record number of entries in India, with Ogilvy taking home the coveted chair.

The fight for the Yahoo Big Idea Chair just grew BIGGER in India. This year, there were an unprecedented 376 entries from 72 agencies for 128 brands. This is more than double the number of entries we received in 2010, when the Awards first came to India.

The Yahoo Big Idea Chair has become the industry benchmark for digital excellence in the country. It honors outstanding work from the online creative and media community, celebrating innovation, and excellence. The overwhelming interest from marketers this year was evidence that winning a Big Idea Chair trophy is both an honor for a brand, and a reiteration of their commitment to Digital.

A panel of 16 jury members, comprising industry experts from marketing, brand and advertising, selected three outstanding campaigns in each of these categories: Best Use of Display Advertising, Best Online Video Advertising, Best Use of Social Media, Best Use of Technology, Best Use of Mobile Advertising, Best Use of Search and Digital 360. This was apart from the flagship, sought-after Big Idea Chair Award.

The event finale in Mumbai on November 9 saw a great turn out of over 325 guests, from Agency heads, to industry leaders and the brightest talent in advertising, who are collectively raising the bar on Digital.

19 winners took home a Big Idea Chair Trophy on the day. But only one agency could win the Purple Chair, and that honor went to Ogilvy for the Cadburys Date Fillum Campaign. Incidentally, this is the agency’s second consecutive win at the Yahoo Big Idea Chair Awards. Abhijit Avasthi, National Creative Director, Ogilvy India, said, “Winning the Yahoo Big Idea Chair is indeed special, as it awards excellence in an emerging and important medium. Ogilvy has dominated TV and print advertising, so it is great to see we have tremendous talent in digital as well. Our win today is a sure eye-opener for folks who had thought of Ogilvy as only a TV-ad agency.”

Click to see the complete list of winners and the ‘big’ digital ideas that worked for them.

Share Shift on Digital: From Presence to Excellence was the hotly discussed topic at a panel discussion at the finale. The panelists tackled some tough questions that hound stakeholders today. Investment, resources, skills? Are we doing enough to endorse digital, and leverage the real possibilities it offers? Why is it that digital though the cheaper of the lot, is always up against a higher expectation of RoI? Does digital ever get a strong buy-in from senior management? Interestingly, the discussion revealed that several major brands today in this part of the world, do aim for deeper integration of digital in their overall marketing plans. Moderated by Suresh Venkat, Technology Editor, CNBC TV18, the panelists included CR Mallikarjundas, CEO, Starcom Mediavest; Valerie Rozycki Wagoner, Founder and CEO Zipdial; C Abhiroop, Head of Media Services, Unilever South Asia; and from Yahoo!, Nitin Mathur, Senior Director Marketing for India and South East Asia..

With so many creative minds in the room, there was an incredible energy at the Yahoo Big Idea Chair finale, both on stage and off it. The Yahoo Homepage photo booth, where folks could pose with props, was much visited. There was also the Big Idea Wall of Fame, and the Digital Gallery, where the audience could check out the best digital work.

The continued success of this event has come from the team effort by the India Marketing and Comms team and the Sales and Strategy team.

See event photos on Flickr

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Hackswept! Inside Open Hack India 2012

Posted: 13th of September, 2012

Our fifth Open Hack in India held in Bangalore on August 11-12, was Yahoo!’s biggest Open Hack ever. Check out the cool hackers, and the amazing energy which sets this event apart!

With huge participation from across the country, Open Hack India 2012 saw over 700 hackers getting together to build on their ideas across three main categories: Multi-device Experiences, Digital Media and Advertising, and Digital Communications. In the spirit of Open Hack, there was also a catch-all category called Surprise Us.

24 hours, 7,600 cups of tea and coffee later, it came down to five hacks, which wowed the judging panel. A simple and intuitive tool edged out 157 others hacks to win the grand prize. Amod Kumar Pandey and Nikhil Baliga, who have been part of past Open Hacks, struck gold this time with Brock. This tool allows even non-developers to build very useful mini-apps for their Android devices, with just a few clicks. Brock is built on top of on{x} and completely insulates the end-user from the code, by generating it. You can try out Brock here.

Other winning hacks included:

Pictrendz: Lets users understand ongoing trends with a single look at image clusters, instead of word clouds.
Beam OS: Helps users to manage, organize and browse all their files spread across multiple cloud services, from a single user-friendly desktop-like environment.
BookMafia: A mobile app that enables easy circulation of books among geographically close users.
Vibration Reduction for Improved Readability: A group of ex-Yahoos built this browser-based hack to counter physical vibrations on mobile devices, to improve ease of reading while in a vehicle.

Read the detailed post on the winning hacks, along with other updates from the event, on the YDN blog. See these and other submitted hacks on the Hack Tracker.

This year’s Hackers’ Choice Award went to 'I’m bored'. Designed for when you’re on the go, the app picks up your location and maps events and activities around you. It restricts the radius, and also gives you the time the activity is going to begin. It was built by the team “Null Pointers” in answer to the question, “What do you do if you’re 27, single and have so much free time that you flop down and say, “I’m bored!?”

The place was crackling with energy and music, as music station Radio Indigo (91.9 fm) broadcast live from the venue through the 24-hour hackathon. Several folks went on air to play their song and talk about the event. Many developers present, like Madhurima Malla, have attended back-to-back Open Hacks. “It’s great to see the range of ideas. The demos are amazing, and I look forward to finding out what my fellow hackers have ‘imagined’ and built each year. That always brings me back.”

See photos.

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Yahoo! Independence 2011

Posted: 7th of June, 2013
Imagine an event centered around people with disabilities that has absolutely nothing to do with charity! Imagine that same event being completely fun, engaging, enlightening (And did we mention fun?). Such was Independence 2011 (http://y.ahoo.it/independence), an event created specifically for the Yahoo community (including family members and friends). Independence 2011 had one primary goal: to open your eyes to the reality of disability...which is likely different from the stereotypes many of us carry around.

For more disability related content: Visit the Yahoo Accessibility Blog: http://accessibility.yahoo.comLike Yahoo Accessibility on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/YahooAccessibilityFollow Yahoo Accessibility on Twitter: http://twitter.com/YahooAccess
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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
Hemant Sambrani

Hemanth: Think, Work, and See it Through

Posted: 12th of October, 2011

I am a Product Manager with the Yahoo Cloud Platform Group.
 
I drive the product definition of Comments, Conversations and Message Boards on User Generated Content Cloud, or what we call as UGC Cloud.

The UGC Cloud group provides a performant, scalable platform and widget solutions for Yahoo properties to enrich their content pages with User Generated Content constructs.

Sounds quite complex, doesn’t it? Well what we work on provides users with mechanisms to express themselves and engage in personally meaningful conversations with the rich community on Yahoo verticals.

We believe that creating an awesome digital experience is about engaging and delighting the user in ways which bring personal meaning to their experience and discoveries on the web.

For me, it is always an exhilarating experience to define a product and see it through as it comes alive. And this does involve a lot of work around benchmarking competitive products, carrying out some market and products research, talking to loads of people and teams, and finding  opportunities to improve the product or patent ideas. Sometimes, it is a ton of work, and quite layered as well.  What helps me craft a solution, I guess, is my belief that if we keep chipping at it long enough, we will find a way to deal with it.

I am a man of few words. So I describe my past 5 years with Yahoo with only one word – Fun! Exciting, cool work culture which feeds on passion, innovation and creativity. Absolutely flexible and open about things that matter! I have also found it very helpful the way Yahoo has connected me to several workshops, conferences and events which help me understand the ecosystem around us and then contribute to it.

And of course the best part is that the culture completely vibes with what I believe: Think, Work and See it through.  

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....

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