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Thu Dec 14 2006 21:45:59

More Draining of eBay Brains?

By: Ina Steiner

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Om Malik reports that Alex Kazim is out at Skype, and Henry Gomez is in as new President of Skype. Trying to confirm with eBay right now.

Apparently the role of President of Skype is not a popular one. First, Rajiv Dutta left that position to replace Jeff Jordan at PayPal, who resigned from his position as President (announced in July). Alex Kazim took Rajiv's place, now it seems Henry Gomez may be in the hot seat.

Om had reported recently that there was a reorg at Skype, and AuctionBytes reported on the major reorg at eBay corporate. This follows the reorg that took place at eBay 5 months ago, in July. These moves should keep the folks at CogMap busy updating the eBay org chart!

IMO, Alex is on the same level of Jordan. He is a senior, longtime exec. His loss would be significant to eBay.

Remember, this is still at the RUMOR stage, will update asap. Also, keep an eye on Om's blog.

Update 12/15/06: Kazim is not leaving eBay, see details here.

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by: Randy Smythe

Fri Dec 15 00:00:53 2006

Henry is a solid exec. It's interesting how eBay reorganizes, its very piecemeal, no huge restructuring announcement like Yahoo. I guess if you do it in little bytes people don’t notice as much. A lot of original Skype execs have moved on and been replaced be eBay execs. Alex Kazim was one of those eBay execs that moved over to Skype and now apparently he is moving on. Wow! They should call this “As the World of eBay Turns”

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by: dave

Sun Dec 17 22:17:12 2006

No matter what eBay says about Skype, it's never going to take off. Period. eBay could dump another $5 billion into Skype and you know what? No one will care about it, just like now. It doesn't matter what exec you have at the helm, Skype is a boondoggle. ''Boondoggle'' (wiki) ''...a government or corporate project involving large numbers of people and usually, heavy expenditure, where at some point the key operators have realized that the project is never going to work, but are reluctant to bring this to the attention of their superiors. Generally there is an aspect of ''going through the motions'', (for example, continuing research and development), for as long as funds are available to keep paying the researchers' and executives' salaries and so on. The situation can be allowed to continue for what seem like unreasonably long periods, as senior management are often reluctant to admit that they allowed a failed project to go on for so long. In many cases, the actual device itself may eventually work, but not well enough to ever recoup its development costs.

An important aspect of the Boondoggle, as opposed to a project that simply fails, is the eventual realization by its operators that it is never going to work, long before it is finally shut down. This is not the same thing as simply fraud, where the proponents know in advance that their idea has no merit.''

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by: Ro

Tue Dec 19 14:41:08 2006

Dave- you don't know what you're talking about at all.  I've left eBay, so I finally can actually defend it.  Ina published a study looking at desktop VOIP solutions market share.  Skype was bigger than everyone combined by a multiple of 5.  Skype's active user base (i.e. the number of folks signed on to Skype at any one time) has more than doubled in a year (going from 3.5MM to 8MM).  Skype is THE standard in VOIP, bar none.  Heck, Google even agreed to support Skype's click-to-call efforts.

Now what eBay does with this ridiculously valuable asset is up to them.  But Skype as an asset is a massive one.

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