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Getting Products out from under the MIDDLE of the Bell Curve and Exceeding Expectations (SVPMA)

Given the key role Product Managers play in creating the environment for their teams… what must they do to avoid the bell curve of mediocre products that unfortunately are the norm? I shared my perspective as the guest speaker at

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Why Design Matters – P&G

I recently was invited to speak at P&G headquarters in Ohio on “Why Design Matters”. It was a leadership summit of their Global Business Services division which supports all the brands and employees worldwide. For me it was a great

Posted in design, ebay, talks

My next chapter

I’ve decided to wrap up 7 great years at eBay and will be leaving in a couple weeks. I’m proud of the design team I’ve built there and wish them and all my colleagues the very best as the eBay

Posted in ebay, plaxo

What’s on my iPhone

Preston Smalley discusses his most used iPhone apps: Facebook, NY Times, Mint, eBay and Google as well as the ones he wishes existed or were better: LinkedIn, Tom Tom, Skype, PowerPoint, and Fitbit.

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You too can do a “World of Good”

Yesterday eBay launched a new marketplace for buying environmentally friendly and fair-trade goods from all over the world called World of Good.In the same way you know the groceries at Whole Foods are sourced from vendors who practice environmentally sound and labor friendly practices,

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I’m hiring

We’re expanding the User Experience Design team at eBay and are looking for a Lead Interaction Designer and a dozen other positions in IxD, Visual Design, and Content Strategy. Update 4/4/08: View jobs on LinkedIn: Interaction Designer, Senior IxD, Lead

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Job Opening: Interaction Design Manager

At eBay we’re expanding our design team and I’m now looking for an Interaction Design Manager to lead a team of talented designers.  In the role you’ll design direct your team on their projects from inception to launch enabling them

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eBay To Go

Last month eBay launched a new embeddable widget called eBay To Go which allowed bloggers to add a preview of an item or a search. Now eBay’s expanded that set to include a Seller and Store widget which is pretty

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UED Offsite @ Nestldown

34, originally uploaded by rajsid. A few weeks ago eBay’s user experience design team went to Nestldown off Hwy 17 for an offsite centered around effective use of personas. One huge challenge of using personas at eBay is the massive

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Growing Team

As eBay focuses more on our buyers I have the good fortune of now growing my UED team. If you’re a bright designer and you’re not sure where you career is going now or simply enjoy designing for millions of

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Preston builds apps that shape Comcast's next generation mobile and TV experiences at its Silicon Valley Innovation Center.

Former GM of Plaxo.com (acquired by Comcast), User Experience Design leader at eBay, Microsoft PM. MBA from UC Berkeley.

Danville Dad of Three.