The legacy of Yahoo! will almost certainly see it serve as the benchmark by which all tech meltdowns are judged (if it isn’t already). The steady erosion of the company’s product leadership, market value and consumer’s confidence has been on ongoing narrative in Silicon Valley and a cautionary tale told to aspiring entrepreneurs before bedtime.
As lovers of data visualization, we feel the story isn’t told until there’s an infographic to encapsulate all the sordid history in one place. The image above is a non-scientific, qualitative analysis of Yahoo!’s troubles, but it paints a pretty grim portrait of a stumbling giant, and provides a handy timeline from the company’s beginnings in 1994 until the present.
There are lot more bad times than good, but it certainly can’t go on forever. Can it?