Layoff Tracker from Adotas

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Yahoo! Layoff 1500

December 10, 2008
Tokbox parked a taco truck in front of Yahoo

Tokbox parked a taco truck in front of Yahoo

Yesterday I posted about how the pending Yahoo! Layoff could potentially mean a windfall for mid sized companies looking for talented people in the interactive space.  TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld seems to have come upon a company that took this to a whole new level (TokBox).  


Schonfeld writes:

Today, 1,500 people at Yahoo are losing their jobs, as layoffs across the tech landscape approaches 100,000. But for start ups lucky enough to have cash to hire, 1,500 soon-to-be-unemployed Yahoos is a recruiting opportunity.

Video chat start-up Tobbox  (which raised $10million  in August) will be parking a taco truck outside of Yahoo headquarters today, handing out free tacos and job applications. TokBox only has five jobs to fill, so maybe they can make room in the truck for other hiring start-ups.




Kudos to TokBox for taking it to the streets.  Although I’m not sure how successful they’ll be in their recruiting efforts – TokBox just bought themselves some serious free PR across the interactive ecosystem.

Yahoo Layoffs this Wednesday

December 8, 2008


According to the Alley Insider:

In mid-November, Kara Swisher reported that the bloodletting would take place on December 10, this coming Wednesday.

Layoffs from Yahoo! could mean great news for Yahoo! competitors in the online advertising ecosystem.  It’s strikes me that some of these individuals being laid off are not being asked to leave due to poor performance.  It’s also worth stating that these are highly training people with a depth and breath of experience in the online world that is highly saught after.  I see opportunity here for the few companies that may be in hiring mode to get highly qualified candidates at reduced salaries. 


Online Ads are Alive and Well

November 25, 2008

Despite our current financial crisis, US Internet ad revenue rose in the 3rd quarter of 2009 according to Yahoo Finance AP Writer Rachel Metz.

Metz goes on to say “The report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said that online advertising revenue totaled almost $5.9 billion in the third quarter, up 11 percent from the same period last year. It marked a 2 percent rise from the second quarter.”

Seeing an increase regarding any economic activity these days is a good thing, but it’s certainly encouraging for the online world to see stories like this.  The manner in which online advertisers can performance (when a consumer clicks on ads) is a direct indicator of it’s success.  Other media doesn’t offer the ability for the advertiser to track ROI.  Online advertising is truly Direct Marketing on Steroids.

FINALLY – Good news!