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"All It Took Was One E-Mail to Larry," Says Former eBay Research Director As He Moves to Google

Louis Monier Made Himself Available to Larry Page

“The main reason for me to leave is that eBay does not absorb innovation at the pace I enjoy, and its focus is narrower than Google. So rather than chewing on variations of e-commerce for the next few years, I’m very tempted to play with radically new stuff: satellites images, machine translation, ways to extract knowledge from giant bodies of data," said Louis Monier (pictured), when asked in an interview recently why he was jumping ship and leaving eBay for Google, Inc.

"And frankly," Monier continued, "I’m dying to peek under the hood and see the infrastructure they have created. For someone like me, it’s the ultimate Christmas toy.”

When asked, by interviewer John Battelle, whether Google recruited him, Monier answered:

"I have known Larry and Sergei forever, I want to believe that I had a standing invitation. All it took was one e-mail to Larry."

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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News Desk 06/25/05 02:21:56 PM EDT

"All It Took Was One E-Mail to Larry," Says Former eBay Research Director As He Moves to Google. 'The main reason for me to leave is that eBay does not absorb innovation at the pace I enjoy, and its focus is narrower than Google,' said former eBay Research Director Louis Monier, when asked why he was switching from eBay to Google, Inc.