Former Top Managers of Yandex on Volozh and the Company

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TLDR Yandex, a Russian technology company, has faced challenges in navigating political pressures and maintaining its independence, while also acknowledging the need for transparency, responsibility, and learning from past mistakes.

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    Arkady Volozh expressed his strong opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and focused on supporting talented Russian engineers who choose to leave the country, potentially indicating a shift in his stance and support for relocation.
  • 😮
    The speaker expresses surprise at Arkady Volozh's rare admission of guilt, stating that he has never seen him admit a mistake before.
  • 🤔
    The speaker highlights the seriousness of Arkady's statement and his perception of the war, indicating a strong sense of responsibility.
  • 🤔
    The speaker suggests that Ernst is significantly more to blame than Volozh, stating "If you compare Volozh and Ernst, then Erns is several orders of magnitude more to blame because what he did he did consciously it was not a mistake."
  • 😮
    The speaker expresses admiration for Arkady Volozh, describing him as a man of great charm, charisma, and intelligence, suggesting a strong influence on their own perspective.
  • 🤔
    The dilemma of following illegal orders from the state raises questions about ethical decision-making and the role of rules in such situations.
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    The former top managers of Yandex reflect on the company's growth and acknowledge that they didn't fully realize the impact they had on the world and how much the world influenced them.
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    The speaker reminisces about the early days of Yandex.Navigator and the initial reluctance to collect user data, highlighting the importance of paranoia and data protection in IT companies.

Timestamped Summary

  • 📢
    The former top managers of Yandex discuss the fate of the company and its founder Arkady Volozh, including his controversial statement on Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the challenges faced by Yandex in terms of funding and maintaining success amidst a difficult political landscape.
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    Yandex news may not exist in the future due to Russian laws, but it still serves as a source for parallel search; Arkady Volozh made decisions and sold parts of the company due to external pressures, and Yandex has faced challenges in balancing state interests and independent media coverage, with potential state influence and conflicts arising.
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    There is a need for constructive discussion on Yandex's main page and the importance of having rules in place to prevent violations, accidents, and uncomfortable situations, while also addressing the uncertainty surrounding the actions to be taken in response to pressure from the Russian government and the subjective nature of determining vital or useful sites on the internet.
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    Yandex faced challenges in providing services in Crimea and Ukraine without taking a political position, highlighting the importance of transparency and consistency in decision-making, while the company's ex-top managers' inability to admit mistakes and their focus on offline taxi delivery in Russia have led to erroneous business decisions.
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    Lena Komanovskaya criticizes Arkady's message and questions his authority, while ex-top managers of Yandex are proud of their positive impact on Russia despite criticism, discussing the presence of falsifications and inconsistencies in Yandex's PR strategy and reflecting on the company's growth and personal responsibility.
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    The speaker expresses pride in working at Yandex, reflecting on changes in the company, government surveillance, personal growth, and regrets about not reaching out earlier, while also highlighting the importance of informing Yandex's large audience about the bombings in Ukraine.
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    Yandex has lost its focus on being a technology company, and there are concerns about the accessibility and consolidation of user data, while emphasizing the importance of taking responsibility and learning from past mistakes.
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    The meeting went well and the speaker thanked everyone for attending.
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