Read the Henry Blodgett posts on Curt Viebranz’ dismissal and the imploding of AOL with great fascination.
Whether all his speculation is true or not, it’s obvious that AOL, like some many other big portal companies, has suffered from a talent drain to smaller, more nimble and emerging businesses–the little Goliaths that are quickly turning onto big Davids. Even more to Blodgett’s point, some of the senior execs at this big portals are lost they fail to even recognize who they should be keeping–and what the strategy should be.
I’m also fascinated by some of the more intelligent comments by folks like “Jim”, who writes:
“Henry, how can you publish such a report based on “sources” that are clearly using you for emotional venting. While your writing above does address facts about who was released and who was promoted (old news as of yesterday), the facts stop there. This report exists to embellish and embrace rants of unhappy employees. There is no credibility here…you are a tool for funneling thoughts of whiners. Who are your sources? Don’t need names, but give a sense that these are people who know what they are talking about. ”
In other words, there’s intelligent discourse in the comments that suggests, whatever agenda Blodgett is pushing, AOL is no more made whole now that it was 20 months ago–which has interesting implications for a Yahoo-AOL merger.

Read the Henry Blodgett posts on Curt Viebranz’ dismissal and the imploding of AOL with great fascination.
Whether all his speculation is true or not, it’s obvious that AOL, like some many other big portal companies, has suffered from a talent drain to smaller, more nimble and emerging businesses–the little Goliaths that are quickly turning onto big Davids. Even more to Blodgett’s point, some of the senior execs at this big portals are lost they fail to even recognize who they should be keeping–and what the strategy should be.
I’m also fascinated by some of the more intelligent comments by folks like “Jim”, who writes:
“Henry, how can you publish such a report based on “sources” that are clearly using you for emotional venting. While your writing above does address facts about who was released and who was promoted (old news as of yesterday), the facts stop there. This report exists to embellish and embrace rants of unhappy employees. There is no credibility here…you are a tool for funneling thoughts of whiners. Who are your sources? Don’t need names, but give a sense that these are people who know what they are talking about. ”
In other words, there’s intelligent discourse in the comments that suggests, whatever agenda Blodgett is pushing, AOL is no more made whole now that it was 20 months ago–which has interesting implications for a Yahoo-AOL merger.