This is my next …

Today was my last day at Cisco WebEx – the stay here for me was short (16 months) but it was one of my sweetest and most fruitful in terms of work and achievement.

I am joining YouSendit (YSI) as the Director of Product Management for Enterprise starting from next week.

So, the obvious question is why am I leaving? – so, here are some thoughts that were in my mind when i made this decision:

  • Growth was probably the most important reason to make this leap. When the YSI folks approached me regarding this opportunity around a month ago, I was initially not 100% sure about it. But then the more I talked to them – the hiring manager/team, the more due diligence I did about the company, the more interested i became about the role. For one, it gave me a chance to take more product leadership in a hot and happening company.
  • YSI is currently a 180 people company but they are growing like crazy. There was a distinct buzz in that place when I talked to them – everybody was enthusiastic about the company and its growth prospects. I have always wanted to go back to start ups – but wasn’t sure to make the leap. But after talking to the team and knowing more about the role, I was sold on the decision to make the move. Besides, after working in a big company (Yahoo!) and an even bigger company (Cisco), I thought it was time for me to go back to a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ kinda role.
  • There is no good time ever to leave a company – but one thing that I learned from leaving my job at Yahoo! was that I didn’t want to be a in a situation where I was willing to accept another role that was similar in nature. Since there was no compulsion to leave here (+ they were keeping me well), I only looked at opportunities that represented a bump in my career.
  • Document collaboration is hot – you probably know that by now considering the crazy valuations that the companies are getting. So, yeah – i am probably walking into a tech bubble – but i don’t mind that. In the worst case, the bubble may burst, but I think the experience that I will gain from this gig will be invaluable (at least, that is what I think :)).
  • Lastly, YSI plans to go IPO soon – but of course, i did not take that into the equation 🙂 #Kidding
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Checked out of Yahoo! today

Today was my last working day @ Yahoo! (read this) – so, at the end of the day, I had to return my laptop, my RSA key and lastly my very own badge:

Bye – bye Yahoo! – thanks for the great times and lovely memories.

Adios,

Thyaga

Merry Christmas

Wish you all a very very Merry Christmas .

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— Thyaga

Vote for the best IM client for 2009

Instant Messaging is now a part of everyday life – no matter where you stay or what you do, it is quite often that you are hooked on to one of the many IM clients available. Now is the chance to have your voice heard – vote for the best IM client for 2009 here.

Go Yahoo!

Cheers,

Thyaga

Merry Christmas

Wish you all a very very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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— Thyaga

Google is serious about Chrome

Barely 14 weeks since it launched Chrome, Google has taken it out of beta – that is really fast compared to the trend that Google typically follows for its products.  I also see that they are promoting it quite heavily – i saw 2 Ad placements for Google Chrome on YouTube

Right hand side

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At the bottom

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— Thyaga

Change in Yahoo! Alerts

Looks like Yahoo@ Alerts has started to insert Text ads within the message starting from December 1st, 2008.

Yahoo! Alerts – before

beforeYahoo! Alerts – after

after

Effects of the bad economic times I guess …

— Thyaga