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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2938 - November 19, 2012 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 5

Rumored Departure of eBay's Tech Guru Chris Dixon

By Ina Steiner
November 19, 2012

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eBay acquired small technology company Hunch a year ago and kept on its co-founder Chris Dixon. Six months later, eBay put Dixon in charge of the new eBay Technology Center of Excellence in New York City.

Now, Kara Swisher reports Dixon is in the final stages of discussions to become a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, home to eBay board member Marc Andreessen and former eBay/PayPal executive Jeff Jordan.

After the November acquisition of Hunch, eBay CTO Mark Carges and Chris Dixon had said they would work on some of the problems around search and discovery, which is project Cassini's domain.

eBay announced the opening of New York tech center in May, explaining it would focus on "technical development and engineering as well as customer service, shipping and other disciplines that are crucial to the way eBay operates and innovates." Head of eBay Marketplaces Devin Wenig said at the time that Dixon was helping with "customer data and eBay."

A departure of Dixon from eBay could have an impact on the company's big technology project Cassini, which eBay has had trouble launching on schedule.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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