I was surprised yesterday when I heard from Adam that Louis Monier had left eBay for Google. Then today I ran across this John Batelle interview with him, in which Louis explained his reasons for leaving:
"The main reason for me to leave is that eBay does not absorb innovation
at the pace I enjoy, and its focus is narrower than Google. So rather
than chewing on variations of e-commerce for the next few years, I’m
very tempted to play with radically new stuff: satellites images,
machine translation, ways to extract knowledge from giant bodies of
data … who knows what else?"
Yup, I hear ya.