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Jeff Bonforte

Jeff Bonforte joined Xobni as its CEO in February 2008. Prior to joining Xobni, he served as both the Vice President of Social Search and the Vice ... More »Jeff Bonforte joined Xobni as its CEO in February 2008. Prior to joining Xobni, he served as both the Vice President of Social Search and the Vice President of Real Time Communications for Yahoo! He joined Yahoo! in August 2005. Prior to working for Yahoo!, Jeff was the President of Gizmo5, which sold to Google in November 2010. He was also the Founder and CEO of online storage startup i-drive.com from December 1997-2001. As an entrepreneur, Jeff has raised over $75M…and returned a bit less to his investors…so far.

Yahoo Has Closed The Tomfoolery Acquisition, Will Shut Down Anchor, Team To Work For Bonforte

All four co-founders — CEO Kakul Srivastava, chief product officer Sol Lipman, VP of platform Simon Batistoni and VP of mobile Ethan Nagel — will be joining Yahoo SVP Jeff Bonforte to work on products in Yahoo’s Communications division. Current products in the division include Yahoo ...

E-mail outage casts shadow over Yahoo turnaround

The downtime was due to "a hardware problem in our of our mail data centers" and proved "harder to fix than we originally expected," Jeff Bonforte, who heads up e-mail services for Yahoo, said in a blog post. Late Wednesday, the company posted that the affected servers were up and ...

Don't be evil? Yes, but how?

Part of that is likely due to time; Jeff Bonforte, CEO of Xobni, recalled his startup days when he slept under his desk and thought all his employees should be sleeping under their desks. (The always colorful Bonforte also quipped that he's done his part giving back unwittingly: ...

Does First Round Capital have the most powerful network in the Valley?

As CEO of Xobni, Jeff Bonforte read all of the questions that were posed on the platform, and when he offered up an answer, his posts were often five paragraphs long. "I don't have any time at all, but I'd feel compelled to write a page on how to take on venture debt," he said recently. ...

After Yahoo Ruined Groups, Users Fight To Bring Back Old Version

As I said to Jeff Bonforte (Senior Vice President for Communications Products) from Yahoo, it would have been better to close down Yahoo Groups than change it into NEO,” she said, pointing out that after so many years, swapping to NEO ruined the experience completely. The list of bugs ...

'Hardware problem' causes outage for Yahoo Mail

In a blog post addressing the issue, senior vice president for Yahoo's communication products Jeff Bonforte said the issue is related to a "hardware problem" at one of the company's mail data centers, and that some users lost access at about 10:30 p.m. PT Monday night. He said those ...

No One at Yahoo! Wants To Use Yahoo! Mail

According to the email, sent by Yahoo! execs Jeff Bonforte and Randy Roumillat, only a quarter of staffers have made the switch to their own mail product. That's pretty poor, but entirely unsurprising, given that it's 2013, and no one uses Yahoo! Mail unless they've lost a bet. You can't ...

Yahoo's Own Employees Don't Want To Use Yahoo Mail

"Even if we used the most generous of grading curves (say, the one from organic chemistry), we have clearly failed in our goal to move our co-workers to Yahoo Mail," SVP of Communications Products Jeff Bonforte and CIO Randy Roumillat wrote in the memo. Many Yahoos are clinging on to ...

Tabs Return to Yahoo Mail, Rollout to Occur 'Over The Next Few Days'

Yahoo’s Jeff Bonforte, who is the web giant’s Senior Vice President of Communications, announced in an official Tumblr blog post that Tabs would make their return to Yahoo Mail. After Yahoo launched a refresh of their Mail service back in October, they pulled Tabs from the service. Why? ...

Yahoo redesign rollback concedes Tabs; user emails still missing

The rollback of Tabs removal began with Yahoo's announcement this Thursday in a bizarre Buzzfeed-style, flashing animated .gif Tumblr post from Yahoo Mail's lead Jeff Bonforte. Bonforte's post managed to avoid acknowledging that the move validated widespread declarations that ...

Yahoo sends rambling memo demanding employees start using its webmail

In a message filled with casual verbiage and mixed metaphors, Yahoo Senior Vice President of Communications Jeff Bonforte and Chief Information Officer Randy Roumillat co-implore their employees to stop using the company’s prior gold standard, Outlook, in order to help test the recently ...

Yahoo unveils total email redesign inspired by Flickr and Tumblr

In August, Yahoo put former Xobni CEO Jeff Bonforte in charge of its communications products, which also include Messenger, Groups, Contacts, and Calendar. Xobni, which Yahoo acquired in July, built plugins designed to make the inbox more useful; the new Yahoo Mail shares that objective. ...

Yahoo Acquires Xobni for Upwards of $30 Million (Like ATD Said, Part 2)

Sources said the deal was of particular interest of Yahoo co-founder David Filo, who still plays a key tech role at Yahoo and has worked previously with Xobni’s CEO Jeff Bonforte. Before he headed Xobni, Bonforte was VP of social search and the real-time communications for Yahoo. ...

Yahoo Offer to Buy Contact Startup Xobni Is at a Price of $30M to $40M

Sources said the deal was of particular interest of Yahoo co-founder David Filo, who still plays a key tech role at Yahoo and has worked previously with Xobni’s CEO Jeff Bonforte. Before he headed Xobni, Bonforte was VP of social search and the real-time communications for Yahoo. ...

Yahoo apologizes for lengthy Mail outage affecting 'some' users

The company has acknowledged the issue on Twitter, and now SVP of communications products Jeff Bonforte has issued an apology at Yahoo's official blog. The outage stems from a problem in one of Yahoo's mail data centers, Bonforte says, though he doesn't offer any other details on ...

yahoo offers $30-40 million for social email startup, xobni

Also, Yahoo's co-founder, David Filo, has worked with Xobni CEO Jeff Bonforte before: Bonforte was a vice president of social research at Yahoo. But, is this just becoming ridiculous? Is Yahoo making good moves, or should they stop waving their wallet around everywhere they go? ...

Yahoo Mail exec reportedly jokes users won't leave; users now leaving

AllThingsD reports that Jeff Bonforte, the head of Yahoo Mail, made the joke last month at an employee meeting. Bonforte was speaking about the state of Yahoo Mail and then began to address recent complaints from some users who have been upset because of a feature that had been ...

Xobni's Jeff Bonforte Now Running Yahoo's Communications Products

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jeff Bonforte has been named SVP of communication products at Yahoo. An insider tipped me to the new title for the former CEO of Xobni, the maker of address book apps and plugins which Yahoo bought in July. “I have responsibility for Yahoo Mail...

Service Up-gradation, Stock Price Update, and Appointments

Citing Yahoo's Senior Vice President of Communications, Jeff Bonforte's blog post, Bloomberg reported that the Company will restore tabs in the next few days, letting users to easily click between email, contacts, and message drafts. Bloomberg mentioned that as per Bonforte's blog ...

Yahoo Mail Brings Back Tabs, Tries To Ease Tensions With Users

Yahoo’s Jeff Bonforte writes on the Yahoo Mail blog, “When we launched the new version of Mail in October, we removed Tabs. One of the things you told us that annoyed you about tabs is that the more you had open, the harder they were to manage, and you wanted multitasking to be easy. ...

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