eBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs and Explore Sale or IPO of Enterprise Unit

EBay Enterprise revenue grew nine percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, from $407 million to $443 million. The unit includes its Magento division, which makes software tools that power online retail sites for midsize brands.


“If a strategic or financial acquirer emerges, we’ll compare their offer to what we’d get from an IPO,” he said.

What would it mean for the community if eBay:

  1. Sold Magento?
  2. Went ahead with an IPO?

Would this include the community edition? What does this mean from a development stand point - and what will happen with the community?

2 Answers 2


It doesn't mean anything for Magento.

If you look trough the original source http://investor.ebay.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=892350 Magento is not really mentioned here, making all the fuzz about it unnecessary.

After putting PayPal into an own Business its not a surprising move to also separate other parts, and ebay Enterprise is a big big part.

One possible Adventage for ebay is, that buying and selling companies as part of ebay enterprise does not affect the ebay value directly anymore, making it more stable. * This can mean they want to sell Magento, or one of the others * It also can mean, they want to do some more risky buys in the future * or they want to do nothing, and only prepare for a long long future

For the community this does mean nothing, they dont like the enterprise edition anyway, and it would mean no change for the community edition.


Regarding CE/EE: CE always has been and continues to be the core of EE.

  • Amen to that. Really enjoyed the Mage2 AUA, thanks @benmarks.
    – Moose
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 12:24

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