eBay Developers Conference 2009: A Recap

Richard Brewer-Hay

I was only able to attend the first day of the eBay / PayPal Developers Conference this year but the coverage coming out of the event has been so consistent and thorough, I felt that I was able to get enough information to feel like I didn’t miss a thing.

Developers Conference 2009

Bottom line, the whole team over there – Delyn, Max, Adam, Laura, Kumar (I could go on) – put on another fantastic agenda and the feedback from those in attendance that I talked to was overwhelmingly positive. Great job to everyone who had a hand in making this year’s Developers Conference such a success.


If you check out my preview blog post from earlier this week, you can access hyperlinks to PowerPoint presentations of every session over the past two days.


A thorough breakdown of the opening keynote on Wednesday, can be found here.

The second day of opening keynotes maintained the theme of “building your business with us”, and welcomed four notable Silicon Valley venture capitalists to share their insights on funding, business trends, and good business practices. Lorrie Norrington followed the panel discussing eBay’s future. Here is the full breakdown of the second day of keynotes.

For the most comprehensive coverage of the two-day event, please visit the eBay Developer Blog. It has everything from breakdowns of each session, to video interviews with attendees and employees. There’s a lot of content there, so I give you advance warning of getting sucked in – but if you have the time, it’s well worth the deep dive.

Finally, I would have been remiss if I didn’t take advantage of getting a few minutes with Max Mancini, Senior Director of Platform and Mobile for eBay.


5 Minutes with… Max Mancini

Max Mancini ebaydevcon09 keynote

Full Name: Massimiliano Mancini
Nickname: Max
Official Title: Senior Director, Platform and Mobile
What You Really Do: Run eBay’s Platform and Mobile businesses, including the developers program, the technical product management team for our new platform initiative, the technical documentation team and eBay’s mobile team.
Your First Day at eBay: December, 2003
Education/Schooling: BS in Computer Science (Mathematics) and MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University
Interests: Cycling, Sailing, coaching Lacrosse
Favorite Quote: “Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it” — unknown
Most memorable eBay experience: Train conducting (??)
Most recent eBay purchase/sale: A righting bucket for my 16ft Hobie Cat sailboat, which I dropped in the ocean on my first outing 4 days after I got it.
Favorite Albums: Who buys albums?? If I had to pick it would be AC/DC “Back in Black”
Favorite Movies: Transformers, and not because of the eBay references.
What You Wanted to Be Growing Up: Software Engineer

Fill in the blanks:

I should have “gone to sleep earlier” yesterday.
I wish that I could “have more time”.
The first thing I do when I get to work is “say good morning to my co-workers”