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#1 Adrian


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Posted 27 October 2005 - 08:05 AM

Yahoo! have recently made a couple of smart moves in hiring some pretty decent people, Tom Coates is leaving the BBC for them, and Simon Willison started with them not long ago.

Yesterday I got a this weeks Computing 'paper', which rarely gets read to be honest, it seems mostly about what big companies have just paid millions of pounds for another firm to provide some IT system to them....

On the back of this weeks though is some info about Yahoo!
Apparently they have increased their global head count by 40% this year. That's quite a bit, and suggests they mean mean business.

Not all of it on the same kinds of work Simon and Tom are doing, the official 2006 FIFA World Cup site is mentioned as one large project they have to build.

They are also hunting for more people to fill certain kinds of roles, especially good programme managers it seems.

#2 BillSlawski


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Posted 29 October 2005 - 05:38 PM

I noticed those too, Adrian.

Then I ran into an article which tells more about the hiring frenzy. From MIT Technical Review, Yahoo Aims To Be Research Powerhouse:

In July, Yahoo hired Prabhakar Raghavan, the former chief technology officer at enterprise-search provider Verity, to lead its 40-person research division in the company's Sunnyvale, CA headquarters.  

Raghavan, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery, has proceeded to put Yahoo Research on the map by wooing top researchers, such as Andrew Tomkins, a text-analytics expert so well-regarded for his work on Web buzz-tracking at IBM's Almaden Research Center that Fortune magazine called him one of IBM's "golden geeks." More hiring announcements are imminent, too, according to Usama Fayyad, Yahoo's senior vice president and chief data officer.  

"What Prabhakar has achieved in two and a half months of recruiting is to attract the top minds in the world in the spaces of search and social media," says Fayyad.

Some nice papers linked to on Andrew Tomkins home page. A number of those were co-authored by Prabhakar Raghavan.

It's good to see Yahoo! getting serious about search research.

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