V1Y1 tracks the Versions 1 and Years 1 of Tech Startups

 eBay History: Year 1

Who are the founders of eBay?

eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar.

When did eBay purchase its domain name?

eBay purchased the ebay.com domain name in August 1995.

When did the first design and development efforts start at eBay?

eBay started its first design and development efforts in September 1995.

When did eBay unveil its first product/service?

eBay launched as AuctionWeb in September 1995 and rebranded as eBay in September 1997.

When was eBay incorporated?

eBay incorporated in May 1996 and re-incorporated in Delaware in April 1998.

How much venture capital did eBay raise?

eBay raised $6.7 million in a single round of funding. 

When did eBay go public?

eBay started trading on the NASDAQ in September 1998. 

Where was eBay headquartered?

eBay was/is headquartered in San Jose, USA.

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What happened during the year 1 of eBay?


Month 0

Month 1

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Month 12

What was the version 1 of eBay like?

SEP 1995

What are some of the pre-IPO stats for eBay?

1995 to 1998

What were some of the extra materials about eBay?

Pierre Omidyar in 1995

Articles of Incorporation.pdf

Articles of Incorporation

Form S-1.pdf

Form S-1

eBay's first customer

Pierre Omidyar interview in 2000.

Pierre Omidyar interview in 2010.