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BREAKING: Now *I'm* Leaving Yahoo And I Don't Even Work There

Wow! What a week for Yahoo!! So many people are leaving. The founder of delicious is the latest to announce, but rats have been fleeing this ship all week long. Now there's an intense reorganization afoot. Before any more announcements, speculation or rumor, I feel obligated to announce that I too will be leaving Yahoo! No, I'm not a Yahoo! executive. No, I've never worked for the company. However, that doesn't mean I can't see the writing on the wall. I'm out. I will continue to not be an executive at this company in crisis. This has not been an easy decision for me. I consulted with my friends and family, though, and it's clear. It's time for me to move on.

Flashback: My First Message To My Yahoo Group Standup List (2002)

Today I got a notice from Yahoo Groups that someone was unsubscribing from my "baratunde-standup" list. I set this thing up in 2002 and last used it then. It was when I first started doing standup. I looked back to the very first message, and here's what I found:
Subject: Baratunde LIVE again??? Defying all conventional wisdom as well as environmental considerations, the good people at The Comedy Studio have invited me back after my performance of exactly one month ago. This is rather significant for me, considering that my last performance there was due only to my being in a comedy class. But not this time. This time, it's a REAL GIG. With REAL audience members. And REAL tomatoes. So why am I telling you this? Well, many of you owe me money and/or favors. Your presence at my show would go a long way toward forgiving some of this debt. Others of you just had the ill-considered fortune to leave your email addresses within my grasp. For those who saw the last show, I'll be doing SOME of the same material, but I'm mixing it up with a little something new. This Friday May 31 The Comedy Studio 3rd Floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square 8pm cover between $7 - $10 based on level of body odour lata, \[email address removed] comedian / writer / tech-geek
For my Boston folks, I'll be returning the weekend of April 25th for a show at The Comedy Studio, where it all started six years ago.

Friday April 25th The Comedy Studio 1238 Mass Ave, 3rd Floor of the Hong Kong Harvard Square, Cambridge MA you should make reservations