The Yahoo Dossier
Still, the remaining Alibaba stake is by far the single most valuable asset that Ms. Mayer oversees. The second most valuable one is the company's 35 percent stake in its Japanese affiliate, Yahoo Japan, which is valued at about $8 billion.
Takeaways to Consider
- Alibaba is emphatically NOT Yahoo's most valuable asset.
- For starters, Yahoo is sitting on a $36 billion nut entirely dependent on the whims of the wackadoodle Chinese government, which has a pernicious distrust of the Internet.
- Apart from the dependence on China’s hoped-for good will, is the Alibaba asset a slam-dunk benefit for Yahoo stockholders? Forbes’ Gene Marcial thinks yes. Forbes’ Eric Jackson believes it’s dicey.
- From a direct marketing geezer's perspective, Yahoo's most valuable asset is 273 million mail users worldwide (including 81 million in the U.S).
- Mayer has not come up with myriad ways to monetize this huge database by creating spectacular offers that could make our lives better, easier and more fun.
- Rather, she is fixated on trying to get more advertising in order to go head-to-head with everybody else on the Web.
- Check out the amazon.com business model. Jeff Bezos is engaged in putting every retailer in the world out of business so that Amazon, UPS and DHL are the last men standing.
- If you can't sell stuff to your customers, you don't have a business.
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