Words and photos by T.J. DeGroat

Just hours after news of Yahoo’s C-suite shakeup broke, one of the company’s relatively new San Francisco offices opened its doors to anyone with a Wii controller and a desire to kick a little butt.

Two boxers at Wii Mondays

Those watching the live stream from last night’s outing saw me get lost while walking from GUBA’s office in San Francisco’s Financial District to the Brickhouse space in SOMA (and heard a lot of profanity — my bad). It took longer than expected but the buildup fueled my competitive spirit. I definitely owned coworker and friend Kathleen on the computerized tennis court (didn’t do quite as well on the bowling lanes).

The first official Wii Mondays event took place June 11, but the Brickhousers weren’t ready to take on the public until last night. The idea is a great one; sometimes us hard-working Web 2.0’ers want to hang out and be social after a long day of work without having the don a blazer and head to a frou-frou lounge. The Brickhouse crew provided beer and instant noodles and even showed outsiders around the space. One of the best features is the much-Flickr’d Post-It art.

Although not there physically, two familiar faces in the 2.0 space, Min Jung Kim (Photobucket) and Jason Schupp (8020 Publishing), were all over Brickhouse, becoming the default avatars on the big screen for a while.

For more Wii action, check out Flickr photos tagged wiimondays or the archived action from the Justin.tv/bubblicious backpack cam. Special thanks to Jumpcut‘s Ben Long for showing us around.


And then there was Google. Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) was leapfrogged, embraced by those driving the new landscape for Web 2.0 as well as savvy search, advertising, and Internet technologists and marketers.

It’s only strategy for recovering lost market share has been to play catch-up. And to quote Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0, “Yahoo can’t out Google, Google.”

The sudden news of Jerry Yang’s appointment to CEO and the ouster of Terry Semel from the role has taken few by surprise — well the timing was a surprise. Sue Decker was named President.

The question is, was it an attempted coup to save the company from a possible hostile takeover or is Yahoo really trying to regain its position? Either way, Semel needed to go.

In the company’s press release, Semel was quoted, “Jerry and Sue will make an unbeatable team. Jerry has long been recognized as an Internet visionary. His incredible experience and close involvement since founding the company 12 years ago have given him tremendous strategic, technical and industry insight as well as unparalleled knowledge and understanding of Yahoo! and its great potential. We are equally fortunate to have Sue Decker, one of the most talented executives in the industry, as our new President. Sue has played a broad and important role in driving our strategy over the years, and has shown even greater skills and leadership with the success she’s had in taking on more operating responsibilities.”

Let’s hope he’s right.

I was reading the Searchnomics blog this morning and they had some pretty startling information that portrays a picture of internal chaos and destruction. Semel may be out but so are 10 of Yahoo’s 26 executives. In the last year alone, there has been a 40% turnover within executive management, which is incredibly alarming.

The WSJ says it reinforces doubts about Panama, the competitor to Google Adsense, when the guy overseeing the global rollout leaves smack in the middle of it.

Yahoo’s Summer Solstice party eerily reminds us that even giants can fall.

In the game of business, sometimes the best offense is a great defense. We always root for the giant that lost his way only to make a glorious comeback for all to witness.

With the Yang in the role of CEO, the company returns to its roots. But the future for search is rapidly evolving and the company may need someone who’s vision can see beyond the evolution of search, 2.0 and the impending proliferation of the semantic Web. But in order for Yahoo to regain its glory, it needs to change the entire game and give Google the opportunity to play catch up.

For the analyst call details, visit PaidContent.

On June 28th, the Under the Radar conference will present startups who are shaping the future of entertainment and media.

This is an ideal forum if you you a dealmaker looking to partner with, invest in, acquire or just get a sense of who the new startup contenders will be.

The conference showcases the future leaders of innovation – startups with next big idea, seasoned management teams and pedigrees that get the blogosphere buzzing.

If you’d like to attend the event, follow the link at the bottom of this post for $100 discount.


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Chris Carvalho, Director, Business Development, Lucasfilm

Sean Crawford, Director, Home Services, Orange FT Group

Peter Daley, Equity Research Analyst, Rutberg

Simon Hayhurst,  Director, Product Management,  Adobe

David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital  

Steven Horowitz, VP, Media Innovation, Yahoo!

Sam Klepper, GM, MSN Media Network Group

Steven Li, WebEx

Doug MacMillan, Forum Nokia Americas

Alexander Marquez, Director, Strategic Investments, Intel Capital

Rafe Needleman, www.webware.com

Chris Pirillo – Lockergnome.com

Jeremy Toeman, www.livedigitally.com

Jeff Yapp, Executive Vice President, MTV Networks Music & Logo Enterprise Group  


Jeff Clavier – SofttechVC

Ain Indermitte -  Forum Nokia

Jake Ludington – MediaBlab

Morgan McLintic – Lewis PR

Peter Pham -  PhotoBucket

Chris Pirillo – Lockergnome.com

Jeremy Toeman – LiveDigitally.com

Anne-Marie Roussel – Microsoft 

Gary Sasaki – Digdia.com

Click here for a $100 discount on admission.


Bienvenue! Welcome! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Willkommen! Benvenuto!

Flickr now speaks seven additional languages: French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. And, to celebrate its new multinational presence, flickr through a series of bub.blicio.us parties around the world. (read below for the details of the new rollout)

Justin Kan of Justin.tv, sporting a cool, new bolero hat in place of his trademark ballcap, and I headed over to Foreign Cinema in San Francisco to join the U.S. festivities. Thanks to Scott Beale of Laughing Squid for arranging our admittance.

Justin Kan

This also marked the debut of our new channel on Justin.tv. Check it out.

It was very stylish and a little, let’s just say, more cocktail party rather than a Web 2.0 drink up. It was flickr al-fresco, with most attendees socializing in the outside patio, enjoying wine and artistic apps. The mood was intimate with candles “flckr’ing” in the background and a series of flicks projected on the huge wall at the rear of the patio.

Several PCs were placed for party goers to see the latest features and to explore flickr with the luxury of having a representative walk you through the new global community.

Stewart Butterfield was on hand to commemorate the special occassion and did so as if he were just a regular guy. Very approachable.

The party was well attended by some very important people driving Silicon Valley’s social economy. Most held a copy of flickr’s new book, “24 hours of flickr.”

The party list included:

Violet Blue

Kurt Collins of Photobucket

Scott Beale of Laughing Squid

Nate Pagel of Podaddies

Yahoo’s Maya Baratz

Lindsay Blakely of Business 2.0

Eliane Fiolet of UberGizmo

Jason Fields of Snap

Jean-Baptiste Su, Uberpulse

Irina Slutsky and Eddie Codel, GETV

Megan McCarthy, Valleywag


Jean-Baptiste Su

Scott Beale

Flickr is a global community of people and their pictures, and I’m a huge flickr geek.

This new rollout is one of the largest development projects in the company’s history, with tremendous coordination among the new Flickr team members and supporters around the world.

Changing languages is as easy as clicking on the links available at the footer of every page. It will remember your selection for the next visit, and it’s still all one global system, database, and community.

Picture from Wired, Credit to Lane Hartwell. Left to right: Yahoo’s Maya Baratz, Business 2.0′s Lindsay Blakely, Justin.tv’s Justin Kan, Brian Solis, and Yahoo’s Manny Ventura

For more on the subject, visit Valleywag and Wired.

Follow us on Twitter and Justin.tv.

For more pictures from the party, visit Brian Solis‘ photoset on flickr.

BSG Alliance and Veodia announced that they are co-sponsoring a debate between two of the most prominent thinkers in the IT world. Dan Farber will moderate.

Let’s get reeeeaaaaaddddyyyyy to rumble.

In this corner, Andrew McAfee, an associate professor at Harvard Business School. McAfee (above left) coined “Enterprise 2.0” and is a pioneer of the SLATES paradigm.

And in this corner, Thomas Davenport, the author of a recently blogged essay, “Why Enterprise 2.0 Won’t Transform Organizations.”

The bell rings for McAfee and Davenport at 10 a.m. on Monday 6/18 at the Boston Westin Waterfront. It’s free to attend.

The debate will coincide with the Enterprise 2.0 Collaborative Technologies Conference and will focus on the question of what impact the emergence of collaborative, Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking sites, wikis and blogs will have on the business organization of the future.

If you’re a reporter or blogger, you should cover this event. If you’re in IT or are a decision maker within an enterprise, you need to see this.

If you can’t make it in person, don’t worry. Thanks to the beauty of livecasting, you can watch the action live courtesy of Veodia by following this link.

Update: Live shot from the event

Sponsors: BSG, Veodia, and FutureWorks