eBay Technology Center of Excellence Coming to the Big Apple #ebaynews
By: Richard Brewer-Hay
Tebowmania isn’t the only thing heading East and hitting the Big Apple this Fall. Today, we announced our newest eBay Technology Center of Excellence based in New York City. Located at 625 6th Avenue, the office will welcome the Hunch team (acquired by eBay in late 2011), and expand to more than 200 people over the next couple of years – most of whom will work on cool technology and data programs that are critical to the eBay experience.
The office will be led by Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon and is expected to be an amazing open, bright space when it opens in fall 2012. It will also feature:
* Large public event area
* Dedicated space for start-up and entrepreneur incubation
* A permanent installation of the PayPal Shopping Showcase, which highlights the new digital payments evolution that PayPal is powering
If you’ve been following eBay Ink over the past couple of years you’d be hard pressed to miss the technology updates and new products that have been taking center stage. Whether it’s a brand-new homepage, dedication to a new search engine, mobile leadership, or commerce innovation, eBay is truly a tech company, and it definitely doesn’t seem to be shifting that focus anytime soon.
This tech focus has not been isolated to Silicon Valley and the expansion doesn’t start and end in NYC either. For instance, in January, eBay opened a new technology center of excellence in the Seattle area. Led by Ken Moss, this team is at the cutting edge of data mining, Hadoop, machine learning and more.
Located in the Flatiron District, the historic 625 6th Avenue was built in the late 1870s and once housed the B. Altman & Co. department store.
The NYC office will be eBay’s latest center of excellence, one of several prestigious hubs for eBay Inc. that focus on technical development and engineering as well as customer service, shipping and other disciplines that are crucial to the way eBay operates and innovates. There are several centers all over the world in cities including Seattle, Austin, and Tel Aviv, Portland as eBay expands its presence to acquire, recruit and retain technology talent.
This investment allows us to build a long-term presence in NYC and is the latest in our commitment to advancing technologists and technology in centers around the world.
I’ll keep you posted on grand opening plans – maybe we can grab a beer together on that new roof deck in the Fall?