Founding History of eBay

Founded by Pierre Omidyar.

Purchased the 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


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Version 1 of eBay (Website)

SEP 1995

Stats of eBay (Pre-IPO)

1995 to 1998

Full Year 1 of eBay

Y1 of eBay.pdf

SEP 1995 to AUG 1996

Extras of 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.