Current Mood: Sad, Scared and Happy

On Saturday night, my wife turned on a Netflix movie called “Hector and the Search for Happiness”. The movie follows the main character, Hector, on his journey around the world to research happiness. In the climax of the movie, Hector is asked to revisit the times in his life when he was most sad, most scared and most happy. I won’t give away any more of the movie but…

Today is my last day at Yahoo. I am sad, scared and happy – all at the same time.

I am sad because I really enjoyed working with and learning from my colleagues across product, engineering, operations, legal, sales and marketing. I am sad because I’ll no longer get to work on the amazing product we built together from the ground up and is now running millions of dollars of ad spend from top advertisers.

I am scared because I am leaving behind the secure walls of Yahoo and I have a wife and 7-month-old daughter to look after. I am scared because I still haven’t told my mom that I am leaving my job and I don’t want her to worry (for those of you that know my mother, Ronnie Chan, you’ll understand).

I am happy because I am answering my calling. I started my last company, Bread, in 2010 and Yahoo acquired us in late 2013. I'm excited to dive back into entrepreneurship.

In conclusion, I want to give a huge thank you to Marissa Mayer, Dennis Buchheim and Xuhui Shao for believing in the Bread team and for making us Yahoos. You’ve changed our lives and I’ll be forever grateful.

 

P.S. I can't wait to tell you more about my new project.

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One year later - update on me and the Bread team

Yahoo acquired Bread because they wanted our technology expertise. Yahoo bought two advertising startups in 2013 - Bread and Admovate - with the goal of accelerating the development of Yahoo’s new programmatic advertising platform. Here’s an article from Adweek where Marissa talks about her vision for Yahoo advertising.

As a Yahoo Product Manager, I’m responsible for launching the new self-serve advertising platform globally. I coordinate teams across product, engineering, operations, sales, marketing, legal, and finance. I also get to keep working with the Bread engineers and designers who are all doing great.

My favorite part of being at Yahoo has been watching Marissa Mayer execute and lead the massive organization. Every Friday, she hosts an all hands meeting and it’s almost like a talk show where Marissa stands up in front of the whole company and anyone can ask her any question. In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about transparency, setting better goals, pushing a regular quarterly cadence, performance reviews and just overall operations of a technology company. I feel much more polished and experienced now than when I was first starting Bread.