Michael J. Radwin

Tales of a software engineer who keeps kosher and hates the web.

Ten years of Yahoo! Inc

The 10-year anniversary of Yahoo! Inc’s incorporation is this week. We’re having a party at work on Wednesday to celebrate. They put a big tent up on campus this morning. Apparently Sugar Ray is going be giving a private concert, and the weather has been threatening rain. Rumor has it that the www.yahoo.com site will have a special look on the anniversary. In the meantime, you can read about the company’s history.

I heard another rumor (so far unsubstantiated) that as part of the 10-year celebration, the company would be offering sabbaticals for long-time employees. SGI, for example, offers 6-week paid sabbatical every 4 years. Alas, we don’t have that perk (although we do have three espresso bars staffed with full-time baristas).

I’ve been at Yahoo! for more than half of its 10 years. I’ve often dreamed of taking a short break to try something else for a change of pace. If the sabbatical rumor proves to be true, I’d be sure to use mine for a semester at the Jerusalem School of Kosher Culinary Arts.

Yahoo == Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle? I don’t know.