YouTube recently hired Yahoo Treasurer Gideon Yu as its chief financial officer (TheStreet). He joins 60 people working for the San Mateo company, including Tony Nethercutt, a fellow Yahoo alumnus that runs YouTube’s advertising.
What are the top 10 things Yu will do? We speculate…
- Get stoned with Chad Hurley and Steven Chen to show that he’s “today,” even though he’s an old man at the age of 35.
- Focus on big media partnerships, causing the core base of consumer-generated video folks to find a new home.
- Overgrow a NYC sales office that will close in September 2007.
- Say the phrase “new capital allocation strategy” to impress the media.
- Urge YouTube to stray from its core competency and include news, search, downloadable applications, and original editorial. “We’re the next Yahoo!”
- Plan an exit strategy for YouTube’s founders, and a secret “backup” exit strategy for himself.
- Prepare for an IPO while checking out videos of YouTube’s latest teenage starlets.
- Move Hurley and Chen into “media facing” roles so they don’t turn the company into another Chapter11TV.com.
- Gain 15 pounds from Amici’s pizza — which is below the YouTube headquarter loft in case you haven’t ever read an article on YouTube.
- Work with Nethercutt to build an advertising salesforce of pretty but vacuus sales women.