Monday, September 15, 2008

eBay Brain Drain - Alan Lewis, Now at Ning!

I've traded blog comments and sat down with Alan at eBay Live to discuss the world of ecommerce and I'm sad to see him go. Alan, was the creator of the eBay Desktop application and a all-round good guy.
Alan, has landed at Ning, and recently blogged about the change:

"I'm breaking my unintended blog radio silence to announce that I have joined Ning as the platform product manager. Ning is a really cool company that lets you create a social network for anything. I am working with some great people at Ning. When I came in to interview I didn't know much about the company other than what I had read on Techcrunch, but everyone I met with really impressed me. I am not announcing what I am working on at Ning yet (keep track of the Ning blog if you are interested in that).
Of course joining Ning means leaving eBay. So why leave? My decision to leave was personal (in other words, it is none of your business), and had nothing to do with anything else that is going on at eBay right now. eBay has had some hard choices to make, and while I haven't always agreed with every decision they have made, the people who work there are basically good, and they are trying to do the right thing. Really."
I wish Alan well.

Just my 15%

4 comments:

nadine said...

eBay has had some hard choices to make, and while I haven't always agreed with every decision they have made, the people who work there are basically good, and they are trying to do the right thing. Really.

Did he just imply that ebay management is a bunch of fools? Notice the missing word: "smart".

Why do I get the feeling that lower management is trying to tell Donohoe & crew that there are - what's the phrase - "small problems in testing"? But he's soldiering on. In which direction, God only knows.

ms.pat said...

Everybody is trying to tell Donahoe...he's just too dense to listen I guess. Even Jim Cramer said "Ebay is a hapless company - they should sell themselves to somebody - stay away from ebay stock!" The articles are getting more and more dire - yet Donahoe plods on. Maybe he doesn't know how to stop? ;-) Thankfully I was able to get out and so now I watch from afar...less stress that way.

beth in ny said...

I think Donohoe is treating ebay like any other corporation. The problem is that it's really not. It got where it was because it was a 'grassroots' type infrastructure that helped people 'trade' with other like minded individuals. When they began molding ebay into a corporate image, that's when they started going downhill. They keep 'molding' away, and the harder they try, the more folks abandon them. Maybe one of the founders of ben & jerry's would like to give this company a go to see what happens.

Anonymous said...

The more I watch, the more I think someone with some pull- Ebay's Legal dept perhaps, or even the Gummint-- walked up to Donahoe and said, "You have x months to rid the US site of individual sellers and DBA's, and have only real companies left. After that we are going to shut you down."

There's just no other sane explanation for why a company in ebay's position would choose such a grotesque and radical transformation, save one: That ebay, sooner or later, plans to offer merchandise itself, and keep ALL the money from a sale.

Or, maybe both!