eBay Gets Penthouse Digs in Washington
By Ina Steiner
eBay is moving its Redmond-based offices to Bellevue, Washington, to the top floor of One Bellevue Center, "with fantastic views of the Cascades," the company said. eBay runs its managed marketplaces operations and its advertising, affiliate marketing and email marketing activities out of the Seattle area offices, and they should be moved into their penthouse offices by late spring.
The Seattle Times reports eBay leased 53,000 square feet on three floors with enough space for 350 workers.
eBay has a number of locations around the country that house its various divisions, including eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and GSI Commmerce, and thanks in part to acquisitions of startups, such as Critical Path Software. Three eBay divisions working out of Seattle include Traffic, Managed Marketplaces and the Analytics Platform Delivery (APD) division.
Traffic is responsible for driving web traffic to eBay's sites using external means such as email marketing, search ads, partner networks, and Google product search.
Managed Marketplaces is responsible for everything that happens on the eBay site after a purchase is transacted: shopping cart, checkout, payment, shipping and more. (Yes, eBay has a shopping cart.)
The Analytics Platform Delivery (APD) division is focusing on helping the company's business units gain new insights through state-of-the-art data analysis. It claims to have one of the largest and most current MicroStrategy, TeraData and Hadoop environments on the West Coast.
eBay's Ken Moss, Vice President of Managed Marketplaces Technologies, said growing eBay in the Seattle area is a key piece of the company's overall distributed development strategy.
"eBay is counting on the Seattle team to drive major initiatives that are going to revolutionize ecommerce," Moss said. "Seattle has a rich wealth of talented engineers and leaders that are perfect matches for the huge challenges available at eBay including: mega-scale services, data-driven development, ecommerce and cloud services."
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