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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 9Tim BradyFirst Non-Founding Employee,Yahoo

Yahoo began in 1994 as a collection of links to research papers maintained by two Stanford grad students, Jerry Yang and David Filo. They gradually added links to new types of information, and the site grew rapidly in popularity. By the end of 1994, Yang and Filo were considering turning the site into a startup, and they asked Tim Brady to write a business plan for it.

Brady had been Yang's college roommate and was by this time getting his MBA at Harvard Business School. Brady initially expected to be able to finish the semester, but as Yahoo's potential grew, it became clear that he couldn't wait. He turned in the company's business plan as his final assignment in the courses he still needed ...

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