1. How Tim Armstrong, a Hotshot Boston Sales Guy, Wowed Google's Founders, Built its Multi-Billion-Dollar Ad Business from Scratch, Then Became AOL's CEO

    How Tim Armstrong, a Hotshot Boston Sales Guy, Wowed Google's Founders, Built its Multi-Billion-Dollar Ad Business from Scratch, Then Became AOL's CEO

    Tim Armstrong is the CEO of AOL, and he will be the CEO of the combined AOL-Yahoo company under Verizon once that merger is completed.

    Before joining AOL, Armstrong was an executive at Google who helped build its advertising business from $700,000 a year to billions every quarter. He was also an expert advertising salesman and entrepreneur, and the first person to sell a $1 million digital-advertising deal, back when all the money was flowing to print and TV companies...

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    1. You know, I think you should let me go.
    2. I don't think this is the career for me, and I should do something else.
    3. No, why don't you stay? It seems like you could do a good job here over time.
    4. Yeah, of course you're familiar — you strike me as very familiar.
    5. Look, there's this company. Paul Allen's starting a company on the West Coast called
    6. Hey, we heard you're in Boston. We hear you're doing internet things, and you're trying to do advertising and content on the internet. We have a company in Seattle. Would you like to come out and visit us?
    7. Look, I'm very direct person, very honest. Here's what I would ask, the following questions.
    8. Is there any way for you guys to help us figure out how to make more money?
    9. Yes, there are. That's what happens when two companies come together.
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