Founding History of PayPal

Founded by Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, and Elon Musk.

Incorporated as FieldLink Inc. in December 1998.

Started design and development work in January 1999.

Amended company name to Confinity Inc. in June 1999.

Purchased the domain name in July 1999.

Launched commercially in September 1999.

Merged with (founded by Elon Musk) in March 2000.

Amended company name to PayPal in March 2001.

Started trading on the NYSE in February 2002.

Headquartered in San Jose, USA.

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Year 1 of PayPal


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Version 1 of PayPal (Mobile App)

JUL 1999

Stats of PayPal (Pre-IPO)

1998 to 2001


Full Year 1 of PayPal

Y1 of PayPal.pdf

JAN to DEC 1999

Extras of PayPal

Articles of Incorporation.pdf

Articles of Incorporation

Form S-1.pdf

Form S-1

How PayPal co-founders met

Getting the product out

Changing the business model

Exponential growth

PayPal at Ten