|This case examines the challenges
that Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo faced in analysing
and choosing a first-round financing option. With the possibility
of either selling Yahoo! outright, partnering with a corporate
sponsor or starting an independent business, Jerry and Dave
have to consider not only the established culture and needs
of their novel fledging webportal, but their own personal
entrepreneurial goals and vision for Yahoo!. The pressure
is also on them to make a critical decision, as Mike Moritz
of Sequoia Capital offers them deal with a 24 hour deadline.
This case also includes excerpts from the original Yahoo!
should this case be discussed?
Yahoo! is a good first or second case to
tackle in an introductory class in technology ventures. A
student should be able to make good headway on the case after
reading the first four chapters.
The case can also be revisited after a more in depth examination
of business plans and funding sources.
Teaching notes are available in Instructors Section at www.mhhe.com/dorfbyers2e
There are two other accompanying cases
about Yahoo! that can be found at http://edcorner.stanford.edu.
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