Ken Moss, who spent 20 years at Microsoft before going on to co-found the Seattle startup CrowdEye, has landed a new job as vice president of managed marketplaces technology at eBay. In the new role, Moss will report directly to eBay CTO Mark Carges.
Moss will be based in the Seattle area, overseeing what he called “a sizeable global technology team.” In addition to those duties, he will also serve as general manager of eBay’s Seattle area office.
“Part of this move is definitely a recognition by eBay that Seattle is a great talent market for its product and technology organization,” Moss tells GeekWire. “Having me based in Seattle will help eBay tap into the amazing talent pool in Seattle and accelerate building an even stronger presence here.”
In June, GeekWire reported that eBay was eyeing new offices in Redmond — following a path set by other Silicon Valley giants such as Salesforce.com, Facebook and Zynga which have also expanded here in recent months.
At Microsoft, Moss led the engineering team that built some of Microsoft’s forays into image, video and news search. He left Microsoft in 2008, co-founding the Seattle social search startup CrowdEye with his wife Becca.
Moss said that CrowdEye is operating in “incubation mode for now,” but he added that they continue to work on new social search technologies that attempt to offer more accurate financial models and predictions.
As to his new role, Moss said he’s excited to be working for eBay.
“It lets me focus on reaching a huge audience of buyers and sellers while improving the customer experiences, driving increased trust, and using data sciences to help invent the future of eCommerce,” he said.
The news was first reported by Tricia Duryee at All Things D.