My work is an important part of my life – after all, like many people I spend more time working than doing anything else. When I started thinking about what I wanted to work on after TV software for cable/telco carriers at Microsoft, I established a set of criteria that I would use to measure the opportunities:
- A consumer product or service that ships directly to customers
- Something that I use (or if not yet shipped, would use) and that my friends and family can use
- A move entailing risk outside of my comfort zone
- Something that makes the world a better place
- Ability to make a measurable impact fairly quickly after we roll out
- Fairly short ship cycles with plenty of opportunity for iteration
- Ability to move quickly to seize opportunities or disrupt things
- Easily reachable by walking, biking or public transit
Over time I considered a set of internal and external opportunities and through a well-timed text message from a former teammate of mine I started to consider eBay.
The more I looked into eBay the better it looked. I was really impressed by the people I met during the interview process. During that process I got to know more about the eBay business and how well it measured against my criteria. eBay is certainly not a new company but it is in the midst of a great deal of change — organizationally as well as technologically. In that change I saw opportunity for my career growth and for being a part of the reinvention of eBay. On top of that, I get to work on something that I’m personally passionate about so work doesn’t feel like “work” so much.
Shortly after starting, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about our transformation in progress and it featured my manager – a nice surprise! Then while visiting my family over Thanksgiving, Nightline re-ran the piece they did for our 15th anniversary.
The first few weeks have been exciting and it feels good to be exercising some new muscles once again. I can’t wait to build up my team and ship some great new stuff.