Jack Abraham’s taxi came to a stop.
It was Saturday night, Feb. 17, 2012 — around 7:30 p.m. Outside the cab, it was dark and in the low 40s.
Abraham had arrived at San Francisco Airport. He had just barely enough time to make his flight.
Still, he hesitated, momentarily glued to the seat as the momentousness of what he was about to do fully dawned on him.
“Are you crazy?” he asked himself, out loud.
In a few minutes, Abraham and five of his coworkers from eBay would board a 14-hour flight to Sydney, Australia.
Their plan was to spend the next two weeks re-inventing the eBay homepage, based on a rough idea Abraham had pitched to Donahoe only the day before. The CEO had warmed to the idea, and the positive response had sent Abraham into a manic frenzy of organizing, recruiting, and planning. He had to move fast, he felt, because he feared that if he did not, eBay’s big-company processes and politics would suffocate his idea before it ever became a prototype.
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