Jeff Bonforte is a Senior Vice President of Communications Products at Yahoo!, responsible for Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Contacts and Yahoo! Calendar. Before that he was Chief executive officer (CEO) of Xobni, a company that Yahoo! bought in July 2013.
Bonforte joined Xobni as CEO in February 2008. Before 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 he was the President of Gizmo5, which was sold to Google in November 2010. He was also the founder and CEO of the startup i-drive.com from December 1997 – 2001.
In late 2013, in regard to a multi-week Yahoo Mail outage and massive user dissatisfaction with the site re-design, Bonforte said at a weekly employee meeting that Yahoo would have to "kick users hard" in the nuts before they would leave Yahoo Mail.
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- Swisher, Kara (2013-12-11). "Kick the Can — Yahoo Mail Is a Consumer Disaster, but Company's Response Is Even Worse". All Things Digital - Dow Jones. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
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