Talking Data Speaker Series - Hugh Williams

On Tuesday 5 December, Dr Hugh Williams, formerly of Google, Microsoft, Tinder and eBay spoke at the Centre for Business Analytics' final event for 2017, sharing exclusive insights from Silicon Valley. Read the full story here.

Disruption, innovation, and data: the eBay turnaround story

The eBay turnaround from 2009 to 2014 was spectacular. After languishing to an historically low market cap of US$5 billion, five years later its market cap was close to US$30 billion.

In this talk, former eBay Vice President Dr Hugh Williams told the inside story of the turnaround - how changing the culture, driving disruption, focusing on the customer, and using data to drive decisions rebuilt the company.

Further information about Hugh

Hugh was based at eBay's head office in California from 2009 to 2013, and lead a team of over 1,000 engineers, product managers, designers, and data scientists that built most of what you'd recognize as eBay. He has also held executive roles as VP of Google Maps at Google, Partner at Microsoft, VP at Tinder, and SVP at Pivotal. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years researching and developing search technologies, and 5 years running his own startup and consultancy. Read more...

Listen to an MBS exclusive interview with Hugh:Lessons from Silicon Valley: Success is in the data’.

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