Jerry Shen, a director of engineering at the technology giant's fantasy sports unit, sent an intercompany e-mail that opened with: Shen included the asterisks.
By the end of that day, a senior Yahoo executive said in another e-mail that Mr. Shen was no longer with the company. Shen had joined Yahoo when his fantasy sports app company was acquired by the Sunnyvale, Calif. Story continues below advertisement The incident has come to light at a time when Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer is under fire for failing to orchestrate a sustained turnaround at the web search and portal company — which some analysts feel is failing to monetize users, focus on mobile applications and is valuable only for its big stakes in Yahoo Japan Corp.
Mayer was "the most overpaid CEO in history. The apps are played by more than 56 million people in the U. Shen's e-mail, which was titled "Straight outta Sunnyvale," a reference to where Yahoo is based, detailed the release of the Silicon Valley firm's new Daily Fantasy Football applications for Apple Inc.
As for whether the software was ready for Android phones, Mr. I just never thought I would hear it on a work e-mail with Yahoo. Well, at least we know what you think about us. As of this afternoon, he is no longer a Yahoo employee," Mr. Hirano wrote, adding that "Jerry's directs" would now report to him. With the NFL season just around the corner, we need to focus on that execution and delivering what we know to be an awesome product.
Shen was "no longer with the company," but declined to discuss the incident, saying that Yahoo does not "comment on internal matters. Spears did not respond to a request for comment. Shen, when asked about the incident in a LinkedIn message, replied that he was "not looking to talk about it at this time.
His light-hearted LinkedIn profile, which notes he used to be a "code monkey" and lead teams of software engineers at the U. Shen, who quit Lockheed Martin to build apps, joined Yahoo after building up a successful, one-man company called Bignoggins Productions that made fantasy sports apps. His Fantasy Football Monster application rose to become the No.
Although the acquisition price paid to Mr. Shen was never disclosed, an article about him and the deal in the San Francisco Chronicle said analysts estimated it was worth "tens of millions of dollars. At Yahoo, "my first day was a lot of getting used to being in a big company again," he said, according to the Chronicle. She claimed she was not promoted because she was a woman, and alleged that a married partner once gave her a book of erotic poetry. Story continues below advertisement According to Yahoo, which releases gender and ethnicity data as do other Silicon Valley tech firms, the company is 62 per cent male — a figure that climbs to 84 per cent in technology-specific jobs.
Black employees are a small minority, accounting for just 2 per cent of the staff. Yahoo's broader work force is 47 per cent white, while 43 per cent of Yahoo employees are "Asian," according to its data. Shen's prompt departure from Yahoo was "harsh" and a missed opportunity to have a broader discussion at the company about what is permissible. Shen] felt comfortable documenting it by e-mail, there's a likelihood that there could be a culture of disrespect. Virick said Google Inc. She said this could lead to a "similar-to-me bias," where managers only hire people who look like themselves — and cultivate a work environment with certain cultural norms.
But whereas this only used to apply to white men, she said, it might be beginning to apply to Asian men, as well. The following is the text from Jerry Shen's e-mail to Yahoo staff. The words and punctuation are verbatim, asterisks included. Employees working on the Yaho… Subject: In addition to promoting my new film "Straight Outta Compton", in theaters now, I'm here to represent for my homies on the Yahoo Daily Fantasy team.
They busted ass to bring you what you all been waiting for: Starting today, they gonna have NFL preseason contests on staging.
One more thing, the team is also testing out deposit bonuses. How this works is for every dollar you put in, we give you another dollar. If you signed up for fantasy football we give you two dollars. It's easy money baby! When you spend money on a contest that runs, your deposit bonus becomes real money at a rate of 4 per cent.
So try that out and make sure you get PAID. Ain't no tellin' when I'm down for a jack move.