Episode 229 - How Gene Cook Changed Things for eBay

Boomeranging back to eBay this past year was Gene Cook; formerly the Director of Global Search, now the VP of Global Collectables. Why is this notable and worth an episode? Well, leading up to his announced return eBay made a very impactful series of announcements, culminating in their acquisition of TCGPlayer and Chedy's departure from the organization. Now, what is Gene here to do? What will his role be overseeing TCGPlayer? Possible impacts? Join us as we discuss this and more on this weeks episode. https://www.linkedin.com/in/genecookjr https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6983100222985961472/ https://www.ebayinc.com/stories/news/5-minutes-with-gene-cook-getting-ready-for-sr2/ https://www.ecommercebytes.com/2022/10/05/ebays-latest-boomerang-hire-gene-cook-returns-as-vp-of-collectibles/ https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/8/23160015/ebay-vault-facility-trading-cards-assets-physical-collectibles-nft https://seller.tcgplayer.com/articles/sharing-personal-news/ https://www.themintcollective.com/static/c8a43707ad95d9a1728b3199d81cb79f/MINT_Schedule_Final.pdf

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00:43:37 4/2/2023

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00:50:49 2/4/2024
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00:38:24 1/25/2024
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With MaRo telling players to continue to voice their contempt for the current product schedule, WotC walking back their double down that they totally didn't use AI art, combined the OpenGL walk back, WotC has had a string of good decisions. Now, a lot of this still demonstrates initial bad intentions and/or poor first decision making, but we all have to start somewhere and, hopefully, the vocal majority has finally started to make enough noise for both WotC and HAS to care. https://twitter.com/SaffronOlive/status/1742939507979399669 https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/1744056808254173447?t=Di8yepxgmsrkaOUwHDC9SQ&s=19
00:40:26 1/21/2024
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It's 2024 and we're back with our yearly tradition of discussing what we would do if we ran Hasbro. Somehow we're back to talking about how Alta Fox was right, some rather obtuse earnings calls, and a product release schedule bordering on lunacyon top of holiday layoffs. 2023 was a certified corporate banger! So buckle up and enjoy some fun back and forth about how we, two dudes yelling over the internet, would change Hasbro. https://www.forbes.com/sites/robwieland/2023/12/13/hasbro-layoffs-affect-wizards-of-the-coast/ https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/1736495952914268245 https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/1736527729208827909 http://www.brand-licensing.com/CompanyPage.aspx?IzmLang=9&CMP=49&
00:41:36 1/14/2024
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00:24:09 1/7/2024
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00:41:50 12/31/2023
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00:36:53 12/24/2023
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Our yearly pilgrimage to Eternal Weekend is complete, the champions crowned, and a bunch of people got to play one of the best team trios format of all time. But what was it like as a vendor and what can you expect as a regulars attendee? Weeks worth of prep for both of us culminated in THE Eternal event of the year. Join us as we discuss what it's like to attend Eternal Weekend and the emotions the event evoked. https://www.cardtitanevents.com/eternalweekend
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