How eBay Developed a Culture of Experimentation27 February 2011 | In Business & Finance | Harvard Business Review March 2011 issue
Written by: Adi IgnatiusJohn Donahoe had big shoes to fill in 2008 when he took over from Meg Whitman, eBay's celebrated longtime CEO. He also had work to do. The company's core business was slipping, and a major acquisition, Skype, had gone wrong. In this edited interview with HBR's Adi Ignatius, Donahoe talks about reinvention, experimentation, and whether any CEO is worth the $10 million he made last year.
HBR: EBay changed how the world does business. But it's been around now for 15 years. How do you avoid the slowed growth that usually comes with age? Donahoe: Yes, we're 15 years old, but in each five-year phase of the internet there have been significant differences in the key driving forces and the companies leading them.
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