I commend Scot on his strategic choices and the fact that CA often executes their initiatives flawlessly and I can't see any downsides to the purchase of Marketworks. It does feel to me that it was a move brought about by timing and market conditions and unlike the big companies I talk about regularly they acted quickly and decisively.
I often comment on posts from some of my favorite eBay blogs like Tamebay, Auctionbytes, OnlyeBay and Trevor Ginn's blog and was surprised to see Scot comment on Trevor's blog with the following comment.
Thanks for covering the story. We plan on keeping the MW platform. As you point out, customers are ‘telling us’ that there’s a need for a robust £20K side of things with Merchant. Thus we see this as a great way to provide a “cradle to adult’ solution for sellers that are ramping their business and want a clear path to further growth on and OFF eBay.
ScotIts good to hear Scot come out and say they plan on keeping the MW platform as a “cradle to adult’ solution to CA's Merchant Program. BTW, I love how he capitalized OFF eBay.
I would be curious though, to hear what they plan on doing with CA Pro and the smaller Sellers coming on board from Marketworks. CA has never really put much of an effort into the small seller so I'm not quite sure what direction they will take with that segment of the business. Maybe Scot will drop on by to leave a comment.
I have fond memories of starting my business using Scot's original eBay solution called Auction Rover and then moving to CA Pro. I was also one of the first users of CA's Merchant program.
ChannelAdvisor is a great company being run by some great people and Scot is a visionary even though some at eBay call him "Wingnut".