The Omidyar Network was founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife to help "more people discover their own power to make good things happen." For the most part, the online workspace for the network -- once closed but now open to the public -- encompasses discussions about business, education, healthcare, and social justice. While it's unclear what kinds of productive connections have been made through the network -- much less projects -- it appears to be a worthy effort.
Andre Haddad is the vice president of user experience and design for eBay. Previously, he worked as eBay's managing director for France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium. At GEL, he talked about eBay's true origin, the service's scope and scale, and what influences the eBay experience. What follows is a partial transcript of his remarks: