Becoming eBay Summit
Every quarter eBay has an event for three days for its new hires and employees. It’s a wonderful program that originated in 2015 called “Becoming eBay Summit”. I am honored to be included in the seller panel which wraps up the event’s three-day session with a final sit-down dinner. I have been able to participate about a half dozen times and love going to eBay Headquarters in San Jose.
The only downside for me is the distance and time it takes to travel from Marin County to Silicon Valley. Commute traffic begins early on Bay Area freeways and so my plan was to leave early and avoid as much of it as I could. Yesterday was a success on that front! I was the first of the “customers” (as they refer to us sellers) to arrive. I was escorted to a second-floor Board Room and immediately sat in the head chair! So much fun.
Many on the panel have been regular guests, as well and so we enjoy seeing each other for this occasion. eBay sellers can be somewhat isolated doing their work on computers by themselves at home. When we gather we love to catch up with a camaraderie of sharing our selling experiences. Our panel consists of many members of the Bay Area eBay Seller Group which hold its monthly meeting at eBay. It’s one of the largest eBay seller groups in the USA.
When it’s time to enter the big event room, we are welcomed with cheers, applause and a standing ovation. These new hires know that the sellers are what eBay is all about. And for us, it’s always a pleasure to meet them in return. The panel of about ten sellers sit in director’s chairs on the stage. Our discussion/interview is moderated by a long-time eBay team member.