..How NVIDIA Flourished… & Yahoo’s Board Killed Yahoo

There are times when I truly wonder if boards are staffed with idiots. The contrast between and is stark. is a hardware-based company in an internet world and Yahoo is one of the founding internet companies, yet is the fastest growing company in the Fortune 500 and Yahoo may not be around by the end of the year.

At the heart of why NVIDIA is doing very well and Yahoo is failing is the application of common business practices and excellence in execution. In short, things we learn in business 101. This isn’t to say what NVIDIA has accomplished is easy—far from it—and like every company in this space the near rabid and ultimately pointless move to mobile almost did NVIDIA in but it never faltered or lost focus on what it is. At the heart of all of this is the bad idea that you don’t need subject matter experts at the top of a company—something that this comparison should disprove definitively.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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