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By Kamal Kant Soni

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ahoo
ahooStands
Standsfor
for
•Y - YET
•A - ANOTHER
•H - HIERARCHICAL
•O - OFFICIOUS
•O - ORACLE
Early
Earlyhistory
history(1994–1996)
(1994–1996)

• In January 1994, Jerry Yang and David


Filo were Electrical Engineering graduate
students at Stanford University.
• In April 1994, "Jerry's Guide to the World
Wide Web" was renamed "Yahoo!", for
which the official expansion is "Yet
Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle".
History
HistoryCont.
Cont.
• The Yahoo! domain was created on January 18,
1995.
• Yang and Filo realized their website had massive
business potential, and on March 1, 1995, Yahoo!
was incorporated.
• On April 5, 1995, Michael Moritz of Sequoia
Capital provided Yahoo! with two rounds of
venture capital, raising approximately $3 million.
• On April 12, 1996, Yahoo! had its initial public
offering, raising $33.8 million, by selling 2.6
million shares at $13 each.
Acquiasitions
Acquiasitionsby
byYahoo
Yahoo
• On March 8, 1997, Yahoo! acquired online
communications company Four11. Four11's
webmail service, Rocketmail, became Yahoo!
Mail.
• Yahoo! also acquired ClassicGames.com and
turned it into Yahoo! Games.
• Yahoo! then acquired direct marketing
company Yoyodyne Entertainment, Inc. on
October 12
Acquiasitions
Acquiasitionsby
byYahoo
Yahoo

• On January 28, 1999, Yahoo! acquired web


hosting provider GeoCities.
• Another company Yahoo! acquired was
eGroups, which became Yahoo! Groups after
the acquisition on June 28, 2000.
• On March 8, 1998, Yahoo! launched Yahoo!
Pager, an instant messaging service that was
renamed Yahoo! Messenger a year later.
Acquisition
Acquisitionattempt
attemptbybyMicrosoft
Microsoft

• Microsoft and Yahoo! pursued


merger discussions in 2005,
2006, and 2007, that were all
ultimately unsuccessful.