Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus, scroll down for jobs on offer now.)
Jack Abraham — eBay
E-commerce giant eBay lost its director of local, Jack Abraham, this month, but the company says he will retain an advisory role in areas like shopping innovation. His departure comes more than two years since his start-up Milo was acquired by eBay for $75 million, and the question is, What’s next for eBay local? Jack made the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2012; my bet is on his very early retirement. (Look at that $75 million grin! )
Assaf Alster — Medialets
Last week, Assaf Alster was appointed VP of operations for mobile technology platform Medialets. Assaf will play a key role in the continued optimization of processes to support Medialets’ ad- serving technology. A digital advertising veteran with close to 15 years of experience in the space, Assaf has held roles at DBG, DoubleClick, and Google, where he served as director of rich media services.
Keith Rabois — Square
The full story behind the departure of Square COO Keith Rabois is still unfolding. Rumor has it that while Keith has the valuable “Midas touch” for developing revenue streams for bootstrapped start-ups, this couldn’t change the tension between him and CEO and founder Jack Dorsey. Along with this feud, there are some controversial details about Keith’s exit. Before Square, he worked in business development roles at Slide and LinkedIn.
Dan Hennes — Pop Market
The newsworthy Dan Hennes was VP of products for press release distribution company PR Newswire until a few months back when he decided to quietly take the leap and become Pop Market‘s SVP of product and technology. Pop Market relies on a cloud-based technology that allows the large retail buyer network to thrive. Dan was a huge part of PR Newswire’s product development strategy, bringing in $140 million in revenue during his tenure there. Pop Market is lucky to have him!
31 people — Group Commerce
Group Commerce kicked 28% of its staff to the curb (but it is currently hiring sales representatives). The operator of an e-commerce platform for publishers that made its name in the daily-deal market has told 31 people that it was time to go. The fired employees spanned six cities and worked in roles including fulfillment in sourcing deals for publishers as well as in operations. All were in the local services department.
Where to look for jobs now…
See more job listings in previous Movers & Shakers columns.
Kelly Benish is VP of sales and marketing at Search Influence, a national online marketing firm focused on SMBs and white label online marketing for publishers and media partners who serve them. You can follow her on Twitter @Lokellsearch.