Founding History of eBay
Founded by Pierre Omidyar.
Purchased the ebay.com domain name in August 1995.
Started design and development efforts in September 1995.
Launched as AuctionWeb in September 1995.
Incorporated in California as eBay Inc. in May 1996.
Changed commercial name from AuctionWeb to eBay in September 1997.
Reincorporated in Delaware in April 1998.
Raised $6.7 million in a single round of funding.
Started trading on the NASDAQ in September 1998.
Headquartered in San Jose, USA.
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Year 1 of eBay
Version 1 of eBay (Website)
Stats of eBay (Pre-IPO)
Full Year 1 of eBay
SEP 1995 to AUG 1996
Extras of eBay
Pierre Omidyar in 1995
Articles of Incorporation
eBay's first customer
Pierre Omidyar interview in 2000.
Pierre Omidyar interview in 2010.