Semel at the Web 2.0 Conference 2005
February 24, 1943 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Residence||East Gate Old Bel Air, Los Angeles|
|Education||Bachelor of Science|
|Alma mater||Long Island University|
|Spouse(s)||Maryann Semel (divorced)
Jane (Bovingdon) Semel
(m. 1977 – present)
|Parent(s)||Mildred Wenig Semel
Yahoo is all about content. Deep reservoirs of important content in many, many strong areas.
I myself am a builder and get totally excited about building Yahoo! as a brand and building it into a bigger and better company. That's what I intend to do.
At Yahoo, we were one of the early proponents of the power of content showcased through new media. SnagFilms, with its large library and breadth of digital distribution, can help shape this next phase, bringing great stories to broad new audiences.
The Internet and Yahoo are firmly established as 'must buys' for brand advertising.
I don't think that Yahoo or any other Internet company should try to become a television network. We will be nowhere if we have to create our own content.
Search, which is extremely important, represents about 5% of the page views on the Internet and 40% of the revenue. So, highly monetized.
When I began working in Yahoo, my family moved with me. Despite our efforts, our kids wanted to study in Los Angeles, and I was forced to see my family and friends only on weekends. In the beginning I even enjoyed it, but knew that at some stage I'd want to go back home.
Yahoo! is the only company with both scale and leadership in branded and search advertising.
While more great films are being made every year, it is increasingly difficult to get indies into theaters or on TV.