Richard Donaldson

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Richard Donaldson

Director Infrastructure Mgmt & Operations
eBay

An amalgam of business, technology, innovation and leadership. Constantly seeking innovative ways to advance technology in our lives with the guiding principle laid down by Arthur C Clarke's quote "Any technology that does not appear magical is insufficiently advanced."

Spent better part of Silicon Valley career working on "internet plumbing" or the internet infrastructure spanning datacenters thru hosted/cloud environments constantly seeking ways to unify the infrastructure into a better managed platform.

Was a co-founder and CEO of 6connect, a developer of Network Automation tools delivered discretely or as a SaaS/hosted model. 6connect focused on IPv6 tools and is leading the charge into IPv6 transitions and subsequent automation. 6connect raised $2M in a series A round in Q3 2011.

Previously, led Core4 Systems, an energy efficient cooling systems company for datacenters, and prior was the COO of UnitedLayer, a datacenter and managed hosting company. Richard joined UnitedLayer in Jan’06 thru the acquisition of ASPextra, a company he co-founded in 2004.

Prior to ASPextra, was a strategic, marketing, & business development consultant where clients ranged from startups to enterprises all of which had technologies that they were bringing to market.

Preceding the consulting practice, commenced my startup adventures as a business development executive for two leading venture backed IT services startups, SeniorSurfers, and TechPlanet.

Started my 15+ year Silicon Valley career with Montgomery Securities as an analyst in the private equity group.

Hired into new position within the Global Foundation Services team of eBay. Emphasis is upon transforming the technical operations consumed by the various business units and subsidiaries of eBay into internal services inclusive of internal charge-back models, services catalogs, on boarding process engagement, all while aiding in eBay's efforts to expand internationally.

At start of 2014, services and catalog efforts were run by a new Business Operations team within Global Platform & Infrastructure team, my original position evolved into managing the operational aspects of our infrastructure supply chain, vendor operations & management, and TCO optimization for all internet infrastructure: Servers, Networking, Storage, and Software. This led to driving our "lean" infrastructure programs thru the driving up of utilization and driving down all unit costs. Has materially saved, avoided, or optimized $00'sM, which contribute directly to the bottom line profitability of ebay.

B.A. from Colgate University.