The Time Has Come…

Friday, May 11th was my last day at eBay. I’ll be posting a bit more about my new role soon, but for now, I thought I’d just share the email that I sent out late Friday afternoon.

E veryone,
B efore I get into
A ll of the nitty-gritty details on how
Y ou can reach me, I just wanted to say a couple of things.

E bay has always been about people, and I feel
X tremely fortunate to have had four years here to learn and work with some of the best
P eople in the world. When I think back on everything I’ve done here, I
R ealize just how lucky I was to land that first product role on
E bay Verticals. Since then, I’ve had the chance to work with hundreds of passionate and
S mart people across dozens of teams and projects, and I’ve learned
S o much from every one of you. All I can say is thank you.

The time has come for me to take on a new role and a new adventure, but I have every confidence that you’re going to take eBay & eBay Express to incredible new levels in the coming months and years. You’ll find me actively cheering you on, as a shareholder and as an active community member, selling my way to that red star.

Please feel free to reach out to me and keep in touch. I truly believe that the most valuable things we create through our careers are relationships with people we respect & trust. In fact, that’s pretty much what I’m going to be focusing on. I will always have guilt-free M&Ms waiting.

My personal contact information:
Email: <…>
Skype: <…>
Cell: <…>

And of course, if we haven’t already, please set up a profile and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Take care.

eBay is a wonderful company, filled with wonderful people, working to make life better for millions of people. I started selling on eBay in 1998, and joined the company in early 2003. I will truly miss it. However, I am also extremely excited about my new company, and the opportunity that lies ahead.

However, for the next two weeks, I am unemployed. A good time to reflect and enjoy time with family & friends before digging in on a new adventure.

Update (5/14/2007): I had no idea this post would be noticed by more than family & friends, but it has. Some very kind words from Randy Smythe can be found here.  It also was noticed on this thread on the eBay Stores board.

Update (5/15/2007): I am surprised at the attention, but Scot Wingo on eBay Strategies has also posted on the topic.

14 thoughts on “The Time Has Come…

  1. Oh, Adam. I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated your help over the years. you’ve cheerfully answered every question, suggestion, and thought I’ve sent you. Your honesty in admitting problems and glitches, as well as accepting suggestions and criticism has been the one bright spot in communicating with any Ebay entity or person.

    I truly hope the move will be the best for you, but I imagine that you will be successful anywhere you go.


  2. Dorothy,

    Thank you so much for the kind words. One of the best things about working at eBay was meeting and helping sellers like yourself. I have always believed that open and honest communication is the best way to build trust and a strong community.

    Take care.

  3. Hey Adam,

    congrats on the move. Although I’m sure ebay will miss you dearly . . . (for some reason I actually feel sad about you moving one eventhough I’m not even at ebay anymore myself) good luck with everything, I’ll be checking the blog continuously for the next 2 weeks to figure out your next steps!


  4. I wish I’d found your blog sooner – I’m sure glad to see such a positive voice out there for eBay. (I could probably take a page or two from you.)

    But you’ve got a new reader no matter what you’re blogging about. I wish you great success at LinkedIn.

    Good luck, Adam!

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