eBay Connect 2021

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eBay Connect 2021

This year we kick-off our annual eBay Connect Developer Conference virtually. We are still in the global pandemic and our first priority is to keep our community - our developers and employees - safe. We also wanted to give our developers updates on the program and how to get prepared for all the upcoming changes. Over the next two months, we will host webinars, publish content and give you an inside look at eBay’s newest APIs and future initiatives. We look forward to connecting and preparing you for the upcoming program updates.

Connect Presentations

Tanya Vlahovic

Tanya leads the Developer Ecosystem at eBay. Prior to leading the team, she worked as a lead architect for public APIs. She is one of the key contributors to revamping eBay's public API program. Tanya is directly involved in all strategic partner integrations. Her expertise includes various aspects of API lifecycle: design, cross-cutting concerns, API decomposition and namespace definition, API portfolio governance, and maturity model. She authored and co-authored many of eBay’s technical standards and patterns for internal microservices and public APIs. Through public speaking, Tanya contributes to increasing the visibility of the eBay developers program.

Tanya Vlahovic

Head of Developer Ecosystem, Lead Architect for Public APIs, eBay

Shan Vosseller, VP of Product, Payments

Shan Vosseller is the VP of Product for the Payments team. He has been at eBay for 9 years and currently drives product strategy and leads the product management team to deliver world class customer experiences and platform capabilities. Shan and the team are currently building the next generation global payments, billing, risk, trust and identity platforms at eBay. In addition, he is also driving innovation in payments & financial services for eBay's buyers & sellers. Currently Shan manages a global team across San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, Shanghai, China & beyond.

Shan Vosseller

VP of Product, Payments, eBay

Alex Kazim

Alex Kazim is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of experience leading advertising strategy and planning to drive aggressive growth and innovation. As Vice President and GM of eBay Ads, Alex is responsible for leading the company’s advertising vision, to give sellers the ability to drive more sales by promoting their items, brands the ability to reach our unique eBay audiences, and to help buyers discover great new items.

Alex rejoined eBay in 2020 from FuelX, a big data behavioral ad platform startup where he served as CEO. During his tenure, Alex scaled the business and built a complete, video-focused ad tech stack focused on the mid-market, and significantly grew revenue while maintaining profitability. He also held various leadership roles at Skype and HP.

In his previous tenure, Alex spent more than seven years at eBay. He helped launch the API and developer program in 2000, then went on to lead PayPal’s sales and marketing organization following eBay’s acquisition of PayPal in 2002. Alex also launched Kijiji and eBay’s classifieds business.

Alex Kazim

VP, GM of Global Advertising, eBay

Message from Harry

Harry Temkin

Harry has over two decades of executive sales, marketing, business and technology leadership experience across both financial information, technology companies and fintech startups. In his current role as Vice President of Seller Experience, Harry is responsible for the technology platform and software that millions of sellers utilize on a daily basis to create, manage, sell and monetize listings. With ultimate responsibility to deliver new and enhanced front-end listing capabilities, analytical and reporting tools, and APIs that allow our sellers to be more efficient, drive conversion, grow their business successfully and profitably, and provide protections they deserve.

Prior to joining eBay, Harry spent a large part of his career with Thomson Reuters, serving in a number of leadership roles including, EVP - Global Head of Eikon Product Management, Equities and EVP - Head of Exchange Traded Instruments. Additionally, Harry also served as Chief Information Officer of DriveWealth, a fintech broker-dealer. Harry has also served as Chief Executive Officer of KnowVera, and served as a member of the Board of Directors with BATS Stock Exchange. When Harry isn’t focusing on all things eBay seller, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, travelling and working on his 1983 Jeep CJ7 which he bought on eBay.

Harry Temkin

VP, Head of Seller Experience, eBay

Mike Cuttone

Mike is currently the head of Seller Experience Product Management at eBay, where he leads a large global team across all parts or EMEA and APAC responsible for a wide range of Seller Tools such as Listings, Post-List and Inventory Management, Research, Insights and Monetization. This is inclusive of Seller API’s and Native IOS and Android apps. Partnership with customers and developers is at the heart of everything his team is building. Prior to eBay, he was the Head of Asset Class Workflows (Eikon) at Refinintiv, -- where he was responsible for all product requirements and the delivery of a world class user experience for Eikon and Thomson ONE (flagship product serving financial professionals globally).

Mike holds a BBA in Marketing from Pace University/The Lubin School of Business. He has a passion for travel, film, the culinary arts, and the gloriously maddening game called golf.

Mike Cuttone

Senior Director - Seller Experience Product Management, eBay

Scot Hamilton

With more than 22 years of experience, Scot has built large scale software systems and managed the teams that deliver them. His software experience spans tenures within commercial aviation, the educational realm, and e-commerce. For the most recent 14 years, he has held various positions within eBay’s Selling Platform working on everything from web based listing tools, picture hosting solutions, big data analytics capabilities, monetization/subscriptions systems, seller marketing suites, platform API’s, and high volume merchant integration touch points. Currently, he manages 32 great teams along with several stellar IC's, and is responsible for the most critical infrastructure of eBay’s Selling and Pricing Platforms.

Scot holds a Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Business Administration and Psychology from California State University, Chico. He also holds 7 patents.

Scot Hamilton

VP of Engineering, Seller Experience, eBay

Mike Cuttone

Mohit Kumar is the Senior Director of Product for Payments and Tax at eBay where he leads product management for Payments platforms and shared experiences, Billing and Tax. Mohit has been at eBay for 10 years and his team of product managers is based in San Jose and Shanghai, where they are building the next generation Payments capabilities and Tax platform for eBay. Mohit believes that a great customer experience starts with a strong foundational platform.

Mohit Kumar

Senior Director of Product for Payments and Tax, eBay

Richard McCann

Richard is a Lead Product Manager on eBay’s tax team responsible for VAT, IST and GST collection and remittance. He has been with the company for over a year and is located in the Bay Area.

Richard McCann

Lead Product Manager, eBay

FIRESIDE CHAT: Tanya Vlahovic and Mazen Rawashdeh

Mazen Rawashdeh

Mazen Rawashdeh is eBay’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for driving a large-scale technology vision, strategy, implementation and transformation across the company.

Mazen rejoined eBay in 2016 from Twitter, where he was Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering & Operations, helping to scale the business through its IPO. Mazen was also responsible for building, scaling and managing Twitter’s global infrastructure.

Previously, Mazen spent more than eight years at eBay and was most recently Vice President of Technology Operations until 2011. Before eBay, Mazen spent time in technical roles at LoudCloud and Oracle Corporation. He holds a BSBC in Computer Science and Mathematics from Chapman University.

Mazen Rawashdeh

Chief Technology Officer, eBay

Tanya Vlahovic

Tanya Vlahovic

Tanya leads the Developer Ecosystem at eBay. Prior to leading the team, she worked as a lead architect for public APIs. She is one of the key contributors to revamping eBay's public API program. Tanya is directly involved in all strategic partner integrations. Her expertise includes various aspects of API lifecycle: design, cross-cutting concerns, API decomposition and namespace definition, API portfolio governance, and maturity model. She authored and co-authored many of eBay’s technical standards and patterns for internal microservices and public APIs. Through public speaking, Tanya contributes to increasing the visibility of the eBay developers program.

Tanya Vlahovic

Head of Developer Ecosystem, Lead Architect for Public APIs, eBay

Message from Mohan

Mohan Patt

Mohan Patt is an experienced product and engineering leader with a passion for product strategy, and an entrepreneurial mindset for innovation. Mohan’s team focuses on the following key areas - growing eBay’s active buyer base through acquisition, retention and driving frequency of purchases, delivering an effective customer landing experiences, driving conversion on the platform through search and merchandising experiences and delivering a retail standard shopping experience through post transaction services such as guaranteed shipping, returns and claims management. Mohan’s expertise spans two decades of leadership experience in software engineering, primarily in building large scale commerce applications, creating engaging customer experiences in web and mobile, and re-imagining the power of tech. In his current role, Mohan manages a global team of product managers and engineers that is core to the product experience team at eBay. Mohan sets the tone for eBay’s global strategy on the Shopping/Buyer experience and Managed Verticals. During his 15-year tenure at eBay, Mohan has managed product and engineering teams, hyper-focused on the buyer experience, driving traffic and growing the active user base through conversion, engagement and retention, and has also served on the eBay Motors team, where he led engineering and fitment (parts compatibility) to propel eBay as a market leader in auto parts.

Mohan earned both bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from R.V. College of Engineering in Bangalore and New Jersey Institute of Technology respectively, and holds four patents. A true Raiders football and Warriors basketball fan, Mohan calls Fremont, California home. While not reimagining user experiences at eBay, Mohan enjoys playing basketball with his son, as well as buying and selling toys and electronics with his kids, especially on the eBay app.

Mohan Patt

VP, Buyer Experience, eBay

Julie Katz

Julie Katz is COO for the Shopping Experience and Chief of Staff to the Head of Buyer Product & Engineering at eBay. She is a seasoned ecommerce product leader who has led the product vision and strategy for mobile teams, end-to-end product experiences and international capabilities across multiple ecommerce brands. She has cultivated teams to ideate, build, test and launch new and innovative shopping features, and she is passionate about her role at eBay to connect buyers and sellers around the world. At eBay, Julie is focused on building out frameworks to improve communication across the entire buyer organization and drive efficient operations across the shopping initiative covering SEO, Search and Browse. Julie holds her bachelor’s degree in Operations Research Engineering from Cornell. In her spare time, Julie enjoys traveling and finding fun activities in the Boston and New York area with her husband and 2-year-old daughter.

Julie Katz

COO for the Shopping Experience and Chief of Staff to the Head of Buyer Product & Engineering, eBay

Shekhar Banerjee, Senior MTS Architect, Core Architecture

Shekhar Banerjee is a Senior MTS Architect within eBay’s Developer Ecosystem, contributing across multiple APIs in the Public API space. Notably, Shekhar is an OpenAPI evangelist and has led the launch of OpenAPI contracts for all RESTful Public APIs. He also contributes to eBay Tech Blogs and open-source SDKs. Shekhar’s other interests include algorithms for code decomposition and refactoring patterns, streaming systems and cryptocurrencies.

Shekhar Banerjee

Principal Architect, Developer Ecosystem, eBay

Shruti Hulmani, Product Manager, Developer Ecosystem

Shruti Hulmani is a Product Manager within the eBay Developer Ecosystem, working to strategize and plan important product improvements across APIs. Her developer-focused approach stems from her previous experience in an eBay technical support role, where she worked closely with third-party partners to successfully onboard eBay APIs. Prior to working at eBay, Shruti began her career as a software developer at IBM India PVT ltd, working on key migrations of mainframe-based systems to Java Web Services.

Shruti Hulmani

Sr. Product Manager, Developer Ecosystem, eBay

Jancy Vincent, Senior Engineering Manager, Developer Ecosystem

Jancy Vincent is a Senior Engineering Manager within the eBay Developer Ecosystem. A 10-year eBay employee, she currently leads the Developer Ecosystem engineering team, Developer Technical Support and the Public API Tech writers team while working closely with strategic partner integrations. Prior to her current role, Jancy led key projects on the mobile and speed teams, focused on improving the user experience for speed of critical buyer flow on eBay Web, mWeb and native applications. Jancy is customer-focused and known for building high-performing engineering teams and delivering high quality products.

Jancy Vincent

Sr. Engineering Manager, Developer Ecosystem, eBay

Erik Selberg

Erik Selberg is the Vice President of Shipping and Member Communications at eBay, where he helps make it easier for sellers to communicate with buyers and get their products to customers. Prior to joining eBay, Erik was the Head of Engineering for Data at Grab in Singapore where he looked after all the data and pipelines for delivery logistics. Previously, Erik held various roles at Amazon, Microsoft and a number of startups.

Erik has a Bachelor’s of Science from CMU in Pittsburgh and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington. He also created MetaCrawler in 1995, one of the Web's first parallel search engines still in use today.

Erik Selberg

VP, Shipping and Member Communications, eBay

Tanya Vlahovic

Fireside Chat with Randy

Randy Shoup, Chief Architect and VP of Engineering, Developer Ecosystem and Mobile Foundations

Randy Shoup has been building distributed systems and high-performing teams for three decades. He has been a senior engineering leader at Google, Stitch Fix, and WeWork, and is proud to be a part of the DevOps community. Most recently in 2020, he returned to eBay as VP Engineering and Chief Architect. He talks a lot -- sometimes on podcasts about software -- and is particularly interested in the nexus of culture, technology, and organization.

Randy Shoup

Chief Architect and VP of Engineering Ecosystem and Experience, eBay

Message from Jamie & Award Presentation

Jamie Iannone, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Iannone is the President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, Inc. An innovative technology leader, Jamie has more than 20 years of experience in digital pure-play and omnichannel platforms for some of the world’s premier consumer-facing companies, including eBay from 2001-2009.

Prior to his return to eBay in April 2020, Jamie was COO of Walmart eCommerce and CEO of SamsClub.com.

At Walmart eCommerce, Jamie’s team focused on operational oversight of eCommerce as Walmart moved to a truly omnichannel organization. He was also responsible for Store No. 8, Walmart’s incubation hub. In his role at SamsClub.com, he led the unit’s eCommerce and digital transformation, including developing and executing initiatives in membership, marketing, technology, product and operations.
Jamie also held the position as Executive Vice President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble, Inc., where he was responsible for all NOOK devices, software, accessories, retail integration and experiences, books and digital content, as well as third-party partnerships.

Jamie returns to eBay after previously holding various leadership positions at the company, where he oversaw areas including global search, buyer experience and tailored shopping experience divisions.

Before that, Jamie worked at Epinions.com and Booz Allen Hamilton. A champion for small business, Jamie is passionate about leveraging cutting-edge technologies to make marketplaces inclusive and accessible to all. Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He previously served on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Place.

Jamie’s Favorite eBay Experience:
"On eBay, I sold a Hammond B-3 organ that I’ve owned since I was a teenager to a church. The day it was delivered, the pastor sent me a video of his organist playing it, and I joked with him that it never sounded that good when I played it!

Jamie Iannone

President and Chief Executive Officer, eBay

2021 Star Developer Awards

eBay’s Star Developer awards celebrate the adoption of our APIs, innovation and growth. This year, there were two categories:

For these awards, we considered all 3rd-party developers who participate in the developers program, contribute to eBay business initiatives, use our APIs in a productive way, and bring value to eBay and our buyers and sellers.

Early Adopter Award

This year's Early Adopter Award was presented to Volo Commerce who provides an ecommerce service platform to a range of merchants, retailers and brands to sell and grow on eBay through their core services. Since joining our developers program in 2010, Volo Commerce has continued to drive eBay initiatives. In addition, they have been a fantastic partner for our NHS PPE portal managing the seller's side. Volo’s developers volunteered hundreds of hours of their time to build and maintain the connections necessary for this enormous undertaking.

Early Adopter Award

Rapid Growth Award

The Rapid Growth Award went to Altviolet LLC, a US-based publisher that has been an eBay affiliate since company founders met in 2008 while working as software developers. This company has years of experience working with the eBay APIs and they have used this knowledge to bring value to the eBay Partner Network and drive revenue. In 2020, they pioneered Bing PLA activity together with a small selection of other PLA publishers and have successfully run the activity in the USA and Australia.

Rapid Growth Award