April 30, 2014
Please read this special message from Magento Co-Founder and COO Roy Rubin and eBay Enterprise SVP of Product and Strategy Mark Lavelle
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you today my decision to step down as COO for Magento.
Magento began with the bold vision that we could level the playing field so that merchants of all sizes could compete against the monolith players in the space, and on the belief that there was enough goodwill and wealth to go around for everyone to share in each other’s success. Thanks to your help, our audacious vision became a reality, and the disruptive spirit of Magento has grown beyond my wildest dreams.
By combining Magento with the broad reach of eBay's resources and technology stack, I knew that together we would take the company to new heights, creating opportunity and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of developers, partners, and merchants. I have not been disappointed as we continue to achieve extraordinary year over year growth. I'm further encouraged by the work we're doing as part of eBay Enterprise, bringing omnichannel solutions specifically geared to the needs of fast-growing merchants and retailers. By combining our technologies, our customers now have a robust set of capabilities and flexibility that is truly unparalleled, the foundation for even greater success.
I'm proud of all the accomplishments that we have achieved together, and of the many friendships that have been built. I will continue to champion Magento and very much look forward to your future success. The company is in a great spot now for me to move on to my next adventure.
While I will be transitioning, there is no way I would miss Imagine 2014. I will be there with full vigor, delivering our keynote and celebrating all things Magento as we share our plans for the future.
Please join me in thanking Roy for all of the contributions and accomplishments that he has made to the Magento organization. As co-founder, Roy has grown the platform to be the number one choice among fast-growing merchants. Today, we are the fastest growing ecommerce platform in the Internet Retailer 500, and span multiple business verticals with unmatched global reach. I wish Roy the absolute best as he begins the next chapter of his career.
I will continue to oversee the entire eBay Enterprise product organization, including Magento. The plans and goals we have solidified for 2014 remain unchanged and Magento will continue to serve the needs of retailers of all sizes by providing the world's most open, flexible, and scalable commerce platform. We are laser focused on developing new features and capabilities on the Magento Platform to further extend our leadership position in commerce, enabling our partner and developer communities to create opportunities for growth and innovation.
My team and I are always committed to the success of our vibrant, global community of merchants, partners and developers. I look forward to continuing our partnership as we move forward and deliver great results together in 2014.
See you at Imagine in Las Vegas!
Roy Rubin, Co-Founder and COO, Magento
Mark Lavelle, SVP, Product and Strategy, eBay Enterprise