It was made announced to the team today, so it’s probably safe to announce publicly that my last day up north at Yahoo will be April 30th. I won’t be leaving the Yahoo family, however. Instead, I’ll be transferring to Overture down in Pasadena.
In the end the siren call of Los Angeles proved irresistible, but it was a hard call. I really enjoyed working with everyone on the Premium Services Infrastructure team (the folks who took your money if you ever used a fee-based (premium) Yahoo service) , and on My Yahoo before that. Yahoo’s filled with a lot of bright, wonderful, hardworking people and it was cool being able to hear the inside scoop of what folks were working on.
At the same time, I’m really looking forward to starting at Overture. From the interview, and what’s Sang’s told me, Overture is well-stocked with smart, hardworking folks as well. (And speaking of Sang, it’s certainly not a bad thing that I get to work with one of my oldest, best friends again.) Obviously, since Overture does sponsored search, I’ll be in the mix of that somewhere. In my head, I have a rough picture of the particular parts I’ll be dealing with, but I’d be hard pressed to accurately describe it. Throw in some Perl & databases, and I’m pretty happy duckling. (And did I mention the bountiful life of Los Angeles?)
At the very least, it’s a chance to go up against the other big player of sponsored search: Google. Google, like Microsoft, is a 600 pound gorilla. A lot of people will say it’s stupid to fight with the 600 pound gorilla. Don’t anger the 600 pound gorilla.
Me? I’m an instigator. I want to kick the 600 pound gorilla in the balls. Who knows what’ll happen, but let’s rumble motherfucker.