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Skype exec leaves after a month, blog comments to blame

John Moe Aug 19, 2010

In a weird story about the messenger becoming the message, Madhu Yarlagadda has left Skype after only a month on the job as Chief Development Officer, and just as the company is trying to go public. It’s Silicon Valley executive gossip, sure, but there’s something more going on here. When his hiring for the job was originally announced on the tech site Tech Crunch, a slew of negative comments appeared by people who had worked with him previously, most recently at Yahoo. Tech Crunch writes about the situation here. It seems the comments, many of which Tech Crunch says it removed, prompted Yarlagadda to contact former colleagues and ask them to write positive comments on him in the same space. But instead, some of those contacted merely commented that he contacted them and then they ripped him too. The lesson: BE NICE TO EVERYONE YOU WORK WITH ALL THE TIME FOREVER.

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