Expert Thoughts

Carl Icahn Runs a Content Business, Not a Fund

Carl Icahn. (Getty)

Notorious fund manager Carl Icahn has declared war against tech’s Marc Andreessen over his role as a director on eBay’s board during the sale of Skype. This, in and of itself, isn’t that interesting. Value creators (executive management, venture capitalists) are always fending off incursion from value extractors (hedge funds, financiers). Read More

Q&A

Inside ‘BS’ Tech Jobs: What eBay’s Chief Curator Actually Does

Michael Phillips Moskowitz

Last week, Valleywag published a disdainful list of “The Biggest Bullshit Job Titles in Tech,” calling out kooky positions like AOL’s “Digital Prophet” and Tumblr’s “Fashion Evangelist.” Betabeat wondered, What do these people actually do for a living? What, pray tell, does an “Innovation Sherpa” or a “Chief Happiness Officer” do all day? Are their jobs as illusionary as they sound, or are they just normal jobs with wacky titles?

Following chief happiness officer Jenn Lim, our second interviewee was eBay’s chief curator Michael Phillips Moskowitz, who’s been working with the company since August 2013. Mr. Moskowitz is on the team leading the roll-out of eBay’s new “experience,” which debuted in North America on October 22, 2013, and will expand overseas to the UK and Germany in early March. Read More

Fight! Fight! Fight!

eBay CEO Sassily Dismisses Amazon’s Drone Idea As ‘Fantasy’

Thinks Amazon is stupid. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Everyone is excited about Amazon’s improbable plan to deliver packages by drones, except for one person: eBay CEO John Donahoe.

Drinking a gallon of haterade before recently appearing on Bloomberg, Mr. Donahoe lambasted Team Bezos’s plan to replace some delivery drivers with the unmanned aerial vehicles as a “fantasy.” Emily Chang, a reporter at your dad’s favorite business network, asked him if eBay had any similar plans. He responded with a big, fat nope. Read More

Sure Why Not

Wearable Tech Goes Way Downmarket With These USB Cord ‘Bracelets’

Honestly, we could fux with the top one. (Screengrab: eBay)

Move over, weird Google Glass earbud. There’s a new kind of wearable tech in town, and it’s marginally cooler-looking.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and eBay have teamed up to color with magic markers on a bunch of USB cords, then wrap them around people’s wrists, PSFK reports. See, they are iPhone chargers that don’t come with iPhones or wall plugs. Read More

curator's code

eBay Corrals Some ‘Celebrities’ As It Tries to Entice People to Use Its New Pinterest-Like Layout

Love these bb shoes, Solange! (Photo: eBay)

Start with the word “curator,” plop in a Pinterest-like layout, and pour in chillwave singer Solange Knowles and you’d pretty much get the gist of eBay’s new stunt. But if you’re still interested, let us explain: Today, the online retailer announced that it’s creating “Collections” that are curated by “tastemakers” on a revamped marketplace that is essentially a Pinterest knock off. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Netflix Might Make Original Movies, Just Don’t Suggest Community

Man with the plan. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Windows phones used to be the last reprieve from brunch photos, but not so much anymore: an Instagram app will soon be released. [The Verge]

Netflix had itself a nice third quarter. Its subscriber base pushed past HBO’s with 31 million, the company raked in $1.1 billion in revenue and is mulling the idea of expanding into original moves. [Variety]

eBay is a hotbed for other tech companies looking to poach a well-trained CFO. [Wall Street Journal]

Speaking of both of those things, former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy has decamped to mysterious startup Clinkle for a COO spot. [GigaOM]

Somehow, five million people downloaded BlackBerry’s BBM app yesterday so that’s neat. [CNet]