A Cautionary Departure from eBay

John Battelle got an e-mail interview with Louis Monier, the director of eBay's advanced technology group who just left to join Google, which looks increasingly to be a rival to the online marketplace. The most worrisome comment:
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John Battelle got an e-mail interview with Louis Monier, the director of eBay's advanced technology group who just left to join Google, which looks increasingly to be a rival to the online marketplace. The most worrisome comment: "The main reason for me to leave is that eBay does not absorb innovation at the pace I enjoy." eBay has never loved tech for its own sake, unlike many a Silicon Valley company. Nonetheless, that's not a great reflection on a company that needs more than ever to stay on the cutting edge of e-commerce.

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