Well it's out there. Here and here. Honestly I thought that if I ever got "valleywagged," it would have been about some possible exploits in Bangkok that may or may not have taken place in the summer of 1988.
Yes it's true. I'm leaving Yahoo! to join social search pioneers Wink. I will be Director of Product Management. After 5 years at the big Y!, all in Yahoo! Shopping, it was time for a change. I did some looking around within Yahoo! over the past year, but there just wasn't the kind of opportunity that Wink is providing.
I'm really looking forward to being in a start-up environment, working fast, taking risks, and learning what's up in that world today... meeting new people, working hard, and sharing my experience with a new team.
Wink is an ideal fit for me. They are leading the way with social search--something that I'm very passionate about-- and have an independent spirit that I admire. That's why I have called them (and others) an "indie search engine." Much like an indie record label, they can capitalize on trends at a faster pace to maximize growth. They can build a following that can take the big boys by surprise.
Anyhoo, I'll write more about all this later. I just want to say that my time here at Yahoo! has been invaluable. I've worked with some of the best people in the business. I love Yahoo! and believe in it as a company. Thanks to Ben for taking a chance on a scruffy, pierced, goateed guy 5 years ago. And thanks to my current Y! Shopping team for helping me with everything I've learned.