Being Yang means never having to say you’re sorry to departing Yahoos


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If ever there was an appropriate moment for Jerry Yang‘s famous lower-case missives, it is now when the struggling Internet company is feeling about as low as you can get.

Today is the day when 1,500 purple-bleeding employees officially get their pink slips. So the soon-to-be-replaced CEO and founder sent out this e-mail to Yahoos with no reason to yodel as their colleagues get sacked, Yahoo-style.


Among the casualties: a still unknown number in Santa Monica and, reports Mike Arrington, at the Brickhouse in San Francisco, where Yahoo innovation was supposed to happen.

Here’s what Yang had to say. If you are looking for an apology, we’ll save you some time: It ain’t there.

today, most of our layoffs in the US are happening, and they’ve been underway in other regions around the world. this is a tough time for all of us and i wanted to take a moment to reach out to you. saying goodbye to colleagues and friends is never easy. they all are dedicated members of our yahoo! family, who worked beside us and shared our passion. but as you all know, we must take actions to better perform in today’s turbulent global economy. while we’ve found efficiencies in many parts of our business, laying off employees is unfortunately unavoidable. our difficult decision to let colleagues go reflects the changes we’re having to make to better align costs with revenues – something businesses in virtually every sector are also having to do. for those who are affected by these layoffs, i am extremely grateful for your contributions to yahoo!. we realize the impact this will have on you. that’s why, consistent with our past practices, we’re making every effort to support you with severance packages and other services. the reductions we’re making are very hard, but they are also very necessary — as we focus on the long-term health of our business. to those who are leaving us, i extend my heartfelt thanks on behalf of yahoos everywhere — you will be missed.

-- Jessica Guynn