Yahoo’s New Search Head Takes Skepticism Head On

I’m not sure Shashi Seth knew what he was getting into, but he must have had an inkling. Yahoo’s new SVP of search products (as of three weeks ago) invited the press over to Sunnyvale today to try to “reset” perceptions about Yahoo and search.

AOL Hires Ex-YouTube Exec as Makeover Continues

Shashi_Seth.jpgThe great AOL (s twx) pre-spinout makeover continues! The New York-based company today announced that it is tapping Shashi Seth, formerly head of monetization for YouTube, as its senior vice president of Global Advertising Products, just weeks after it hired former Yahoo (s yhoo) executive Brad Garlinghouse to head its West Coast operations. After leaving YouTube, Seth joined Cooliris as its chief revenue officer. He is going back to work for Tim Armstrong, the former Google (s goog) sales honcho who has been tasked with turning around AOL. When I spoke to Seth this morning, he said that he’s going to be based in Mountain View, Calif., and will report to Jeff Levick, president of Global Advertising and Strategy at AOL. Read More about AOL Hires Ex-YouTube Exec as Makeover Continues Interview is a boot-strapped startup that has been a labor of love for the three founders, Sol Lipman, Jacob Knobel, and David Beach. A host of other characters have helped along the way, influenced by promises of burritos, but the small group hasn’t taken any outside money.

The project was conceived in January, launched in July, and now has an iPhone app ready just in time for the holidays. They got some attention from a write-up on TechCrunch in July and have built a loyal and passionate community of over 10,000 users.

I had a chance to talk briefly with Sol Lipman the other day about the launch of 12seconds for the iPhone and ask about the path they took to get to this moment. It’s clear that was built with a lot of passion from both the founders, their friends and colleagues that helped out, and the growing community of users.
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YouTube’s Head of Monetization Quits, Joins Cooliris

Google’s senior executive exodus continues. YouTube’s head of monetization, Shashi Seth, has now left the company to become the chief revenue officer of Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup Cooliris. In his new job at the startup, which has raised some $3 million in Series A funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Seth is going to help develop a new business and advertising model. [digg=]

“I think part of being a Googler is that you like smaller environments, and I think Google got a little big for me,” says Seth. He was appointed as YouTube’s head of monetization in January 2007. It has been a thankless job.

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