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Fri May 22 2020 21:55:28

Head of eBay Developers Program Departs Company

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The head of the Developers program for eBay Marketplaces and eBay Classifieds Group departed today as the company slims down. eBay has been under pressure from activist investors for over a year to sell off parts of the company - including the classifieds unit.

After the abrupt departure of CEO Devin Wenig in September, eBay sold its StubHub ticket marketplace for $4 billion, and a new report out today from Bloomberg (via Yahoo Finance) about companies that are bidding for the eBay Classifieds Group says the unit could fetch $8 - $10 billion.

In her LinkedIn profile Gail Rahn Frederick describes her role as "Reinventing eBay's public API, developer ecosystem, and mobile tech at eBay." She tweeted on Thursday that her last day was today (May 22).

Frederick joined eBay in 2014 and was General Manager of eBay's Portland office and Vice President of Mobile and Developer Ecosystem at eBay. 

In a profile in 2018, Geekwire noted Frederick had reintroduced eBay's Developer Conference which that year showcased how eBay was "leveraging product-based commerce and AI capabilities to deliver APIs that enable eBay developers to create innovative eBay experiences."

eBay's replacement CEO Jamie Iannone officially took over from Interim CEO Scott Schenkel on April 27, and it wouldn't be surprising if Iannone was cleaning house and slashing costs.

It's unknown what kind of impact Frederick's departure will have on the third-party companies that develop tools for eBay buyers and sellers - and what kind of impact that may have on sellers themselves.

Frederick isn't the only one sharing news of her departure. This week eBay announced a shakeup of its Board of Directors with longtime directors Tom Tierney and Fred Anderson stepping down in June.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 23 21:35:20 2020

"enable eBay developers to create innovative eBay experiences."

Well THAT was/is clearly a failure ... what part of eBay is innovative? (must be the parts/ideas they stole from Amazon)

If eBay would just concentrate on being the best eBay it could be instead of fooling around....

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 23 23:08:26 2020

The rats are all definitely jumping off of the ship now.  I can't wait until all of the shenanigans that were happening under Wenig start to become known and Ebay has to start answering to the shareholders for all of the financial gaffs that the CEO and BOD continually allowed to happen.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 24 10:05:19 2020

as long as walkers west stands, the dusty old Grifter is safe, they need someone to be the bartender.

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by: joeban This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 25 08:37:55 2020

Seems like Good news. The eBay developer team was poorly managed from what I keep seeing.
The support is awful and does not encourage developers to work with eBay.
This in turn affects eBay's revenue as the worse the support is, the less traffic eBay will get.

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by: 1st Armored Division 1971-1973 This user has validated their user name.

Tue May 26 10:19:47 2020

I am going to make an assumption that ebay developers meant outside ebay developers who make third party products to be used on ebay.

I haven't seen any must have products.

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by: 1st Armored Division 1971-1973 This user has validated their user name.

Tue May 26 10:20:22 2020

PS. I take it back Sixbits is a must have product for me.



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