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Who is Really the Founder of eBay?

founder of ebay“I was just pursuing what I enjoyed doing. I mean, I was pursuing my passion.” – Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar was born on 21st June 1967 in Paris,France. His parents are Iranians who moved with him toUnited States when he was only six years old. While growing up in the capital city-Washington DC, he developed interest in computing while he schooled inMaryland. His pursuing this passion he went on to study in the best schools ofAmerica-TuftsUniversity. This is where he received his computer science degree in 1988.

His first breakthrough in the computer world was when he joined an Apple subsidiary called Claris to help write the MacDraw program. Later in 1991, he co-founded Ink Development which is a pen based computing startup later named eShop.

After series of experience, Pierredecided to create an auction site. He sat down over a long holiday weekend to write the program for what we all know today as eBay. This website was launched on 4th December 1995, under the name Auction web. Later,Pierre tried to change the name toEchoBay (the name of his company) and later on settled on eBay. He made it free at first and in need to cover the ISP cost, he started to charge. One year later, he partnered with Jeff Skoll and they kept on doing incredible things with this internet auction site that brought people from all over the world to one platform. As they achieved more, it came to a point where they needed an expert to run this multibillion dollar company so they hired Meg Whitman to take the company public. The sales of the public offering made Pierre and Jeff instant billionares. Today, Meg Whitman still continues to run the internet auction company successfully and continues to lead.

In need to control its shares in the market, eBay has bought PayPal and Skype in recent years.

Now, he’s devoted lots of his time to doing charity work all over the world.




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