AuctionWeb is Born
After spending Labor Day weekend at home writing code on his personal computer, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar launches AuctionWeb, a site "dedicated to bringing together buyers and sellers in an honest and open marketplace."
Pierre's First Sale
Canadian Mark Fraser purchased the first item that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar listed on the site in 1995 -- a broken laser pointer.
Pez Dispenser Myth
A story is circulated that Pierre created eBay to help his wife collect Pez candy dispensers. Later, it’s revealed that the story was a fabricated one.
Our First Employee
Pierre hires employee #1, Chris Agarpao, to help coordinate the fast-growing company’s online operations. Twenty years later, Chris is still an eBay employee.
$7.2 Million Worth of Goods Sold
The total value of merchandise sold on AuctionWeb reaches $7.2 million.
Our First President
Pierre quits his day job to devote himself fulltime to his innovative auction website and brings Jeff Skoll on board as President.
Our First Office
Pierre and Jeff rent a small suite (#250) at 1025 Hamilton Avenue in San Jose, CA, in what’s now known as Building 6 (Music) on the current eBay campus.
Beanie Babies Craze
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner’s line of cuddly stuffed animals, take the world by storm. $500 million worth are sold on eBay alone, representing more than 6% of our total volume.
Seller Feedback Introduced
We introduce Feedback Forum, allowing our members to rate their transactions and create a virtual community of openness and confidence.
Millionth Item Sold
We sell our millionth item! A Big Bird jack-in-the-box toy from PBS’ Sesame Street.
eBay is Born
AuctionWeb is officially renamed eBay.
Meg Whitman Joins eBay
Business leader Meg Whitman joins as President and CEO.
The launch of "My eBay" customizes the eBay experience.
One of the First Acquisitions
We make an early acquisition, adding Jump Inc. and its person-to-person online trading site, Up4Sale.
eBay Goes Public
After a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) in September, we list shares on NASDAQ under the symbol EBAY. Expected to trade for $18, our shares shatter expectations and reach $53.50 in just one day.
eBay Foundation Established
The eBay Foundation becomes the first corporate foundation to be endowed with pre-IPO stock. Since then, it has given over $30 million to nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Site Outage and Lessons Learned
On June 10, 1999, the site goes down. In the middle of the night, CEO Meg Whitman rallies more than 50 engineers from eBay and SunMicrosystems to fix the problem. Less than 20 hours later since the outage began, eBay is back up and open for business.
We launch sites in Germany, Australia and the U.K. As of today, eBay is available in 180 countries.
eBay Office Expands
We continue growing in the U.S. and around the world! In San Jose, the company moves into additional buildings at our current headquarters, then known as eBay Park.
Opening eBay University
We hold our first eBay University course, teaching users how to become master sellers. The format proves to be a huge success, and eBay University classes continue to be offered around the world today.
Half.com joins eBay
We announce we will buy Half.com, making it easier than ever to sell your movies, music, books and games online.
Introducing “Buy It Now”
We introduce a new fixed-price feature, "Buy It Now," which allows users to buy an item instantly at a set price.
The eBay API
Our first Application Programming Interface (API) goes live. Now developers across the world can harness the power of eBay by building their own custom interfaces with unique functionality.
Auctioning Very Old Levi’s
The oldest known pair of Levi’s sells on eBay for more than $46,000 to Levi Strauss & Co., making fashion history.
Introducing eBay Stores
eBay Stores, a new online storefront directory, launches as a way for people to have their own customized online businesses for just a few dollars a month.
A Jet Sells for Millions
A Gulfstream jet sells for $4.9 million, setting a new price record for eBay.
First eBay Live! Conference
Anaheim, California hosts the first eBay Live! Conference, bringing together sellers, buyers, journalists, developers, and lovers of all things eBay for action-packed days of learning and networking.
eBay Acquires PayPal
We purchase PayPal, unifying the web’s largest marketplace and an innovative system for secure and hassle-free payment. Being part of eBay Inc. for more than a decade enabled PayPal's strong growth and global leadership position in digital payments. Together, PayPal and eBay’s strong synergies benefit both businesses for years. PayPal is spun off 13 years later into an independent company in July 2015.
eBay Giving Works: $500 Million
Since 2003, eBay Giving Works has raised over $500 million for charities.
PayPal Buyer Protection
eBay transactions become even more secure as PayPal’s Buyer Protection services are implemented for all transactions on the site.
Weird Al Premieres “eBay” Song
Weird Al performs his new song “eBay” at eBay Live! in Orlando, FL. The song goes on to become a major hit.
"eBay Bible" Published
The Official eBay Bible by Jim Griffith, Employee #11, is published.
Fortune’s List: 8th Fastest Growing Company
We grab some worldwide recognition by claiming the 8th spot on Fortune's list of Fastest Growing Companies.
Dream Big, Save Big
We launch the Dream Big. Save Big. campaign to support small business buying on eBay.
The Power of All of Us
We launch our North America brand campaign, The Power of All of Us, celebrating the power of ecommerce and built on the idea that people are basically good.
Jeff Jordan Named PayPal President
Jeff Jordan, Senior Vice President and general manager of eBay North America, is named President of PayPal.
Rent.com joins eBay
We announce our agreement to acquire Rent.com, the leading website for rental housing in the U.S. In 2012, we sell Rent.com to Primedia.
We welcome John Donahoe as eBay Marketplaces President
John Donahoe is named President of eBay Marketplaces. He goes on to serve as President and CEO of eBay from 2008-2015.
eBay Creates Kijiji
We launch a local classified advertising site called Kijiji. Named for the Swahili word for “village,” Kijiji connects users with their neighbors in search of goods and services in almost a dozen countries. Kijiji is now a part of eBay Classifieds.
eBay Acquires Gumtree
Expanding our classifieds presence, we purchase Gumtree, a leading global classified-listing site.
10 years and counting!
We celebrate our 10th birthday!
Main Street Launches
Our Main Street program launches as a grassroots community of ecommerce advocates interested in how public policy may affect their ability to buy and sell online. Today, the global network numbers over 275,000 members!
United Nations Global Compact
We join the United Nations Global Compact, the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world, demonstrating our belief in the power of business to drive positive social and environmental impact.
Gigayacht: Most Expensive Item Sold on eBay
A Frank Mulder designed gigayacht becomes the most expensive item ever sold on eBay, auctioning off for $168 million, according to news reports.
PayPal Goes Mobile
PayPal debuts its first mobile application, allowing millions of PayPal users to send money on the go. In 2008, PayPal launches a mobile app for iOS, making it one of the first apps to launch in the Apple app store for the iPhone.
Rajiv Dutta Named PayPal President
Rajiv Dutta is the new President of PayPal. He previously served as President of Skype.
eBay Acquires StubHub
We purchase StubHub and become the world's largest online marketplace for tickets.
eBay Green Team
The eBay Green Team starts with 40 passionate San Jose based employees. Since then, Green Teams have taken root with thousands of employees who promote sustainable business practices, inspire environmentally conscious actions and volunteer for green projects in their communities.
New PayPal President: Scott Thompson
PayPal’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Scott Thompson, is named President.
John Donahoe Named eBay Inc. CEO
John Donahoe, business leader and President of eBay Marketplaces, succeeds Meg Whitman to become President and CEO of eBay Inc. He’s named the #1 Internet CEO by Institutional Investor magazine.
Top 100 Best Companies to Work For
Celebrated for our supportive work environment, eBay Inc. lands a coveted spot on Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (and again in 2009).
Greenest Building in San Jose
The PayPal campus becomes the greenest building in San Jose with the opening of the city’s first LEED® Gold-certified building. At the time of opening, the campus was also home to San Jose’s largest commercial solar installation to date.
PayPal’s 10th Anniversary
Happy 10th birthday, PayPal! By its first decade, PayPal has 150 million accounts across 190 countries, with a total payment volume exceeding $60 billion.
eBay becomes an App
eBay is one of the first companies to launch an iPhone application and is featured during the Apple app store launch. Today, the app is available on other operating systems including Android.
Lorrie Norrington Named eBay President
Lorrie Norrington becomes the new President of eBay Marketplaces.
National Medal of Technology & Innovation
eBay becomes the first Internet company to be awarded America’s highest honor for technological achievement, the National Medal of Technology & Innovation. The award recognizes our outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship worldwide.
eBay Adds Bill Me Later
We bring in the leading web-based payment platform Bill Me Later, offering buyers even greater flexibility in their online purchasing. Soon after, eBay and PayPal team up to offer customers a “Bill Me Later” option during checkout. Today, the service is known as PayPal Credit, joining PayPal Working Capital to offer consumers and businesses a powerful range of flexible credit solutions.
Jack Sheng Sets Record
Jack Sheng of eForcity Inc. sets an eBay Marketplaces record, becoming the first seller to receive a feedback score of 1,000,000. In honor of this, we named a conference room after him.
100% Rating from the Human Rights Campaign
In recognition of our commitment to a discrimination-free workplace, eBay receives a perfect 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign – a distinction the company has continued to receive for every subsequent year until the present day.
Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)
We launch the WIN program to support women in building lasting, successful careers in the company. WIN also provides opportunities for women at all levels to learn, grow, and develop.
Top-Rated Seller Status
We begin recognizing outstanding sellers with our new Top-Rated Seller status, helping buyers find the eBay sellers who most consistently deliver exceptional customer service.
eBay Promotes Deals
eBay launches its Deals app, offering buyers and sellers great deals every day.
eBay comes to the iPad
eBay is on the iPad during its launch! Our new iPad app takes advantage of the tablet’s stunning visuals to build a beautiful and easily shoppable venue. The app is one of the first featured at the Apple keynote debuting the iPad.
eBay Adds Milo.com
We acquire Milo.com, a leader in web-based local product search, helping launch local products on eBay.
The Opportunity Project Opens
Advancing our Social Innovation commitments, the eBay Foundation launches The Opportunity Project. Our signature grant-making program supports entrepreneurial solutions to expand economic opportunity in impoverished communities in the U.S. and emerging markets.
eBay Adds GSI Commerce (eBay Enterprise)
We announce the acquisition of ecommerce specialist GSI Commerce, now known as eBay Enterprise. eBay Enterprise provides commerce technologies, omni-channel operations and marketing solutions to brands and retailers of all sizes.
Ethisphere: World’s Most Ethical Companies
We’re honored to be named one of the world's most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think tank. We will go on to receive this designation for four years straight.
Major Stake in GittiGidyor
We announce that we will purchase a majority stake in Turkey’s principal online marketplace, GittiGidyor.
eBay Acquires Magento
To facilitate even stronger open platforms, we announce we will acquire Magento, a leading toolset for open-source ecommerce.
eBay Acquires Zong
We expand our mobile capabilities and announce our acquisition of Zong, a leading mobile carrier billing-based payments platform.
eBay Welcomes Devin Wenig
Former Thomson Reuters Markets CEO Devin Wenig joins as President of eBay Marketplaces.
PayPal Here Announced
PayPal announces PayPal Here, the first mobile payment solution that allows small businesses to accept nearly any form of payment, no matter their size.
PayPal Welcomes David Marcus
Entrepreneur David Marcus, who came to eBay via the Zong acquisition, is named President of PayPal.
$3+ Million Power Lunch with Warren Buffett
The annual charity auction for a power lunch with Warren Buffett goes for a record $3.46 million.
Global Shipping Program Launched
We launch a Global Shipping Program, helping U.S. sellers grow their businesses by more easily shipping to international buyers.
To strengthen PayPal’s online payment capabilities, we add an innovative payment platform, Braintree.
Bloom Energy Servers
Advancing our commitment to cleaner energy sources, we open the world’s first data center to use Bloom Energy Servers™ as the primary, on-site power source, instead of the traditional electric utility grid.
Digital Storefronts Unveiled
Pointing the way to the physical storefront of the future, we unveil three connected storefronts at San Francisco’s Westfield Shopping Mall. Customers can browse items in a virtual window, pay using PayPal, and arrange for free home delivery
Machine Translation Tools
Our path-breaking Machine Translation Tools help drive cross-border commerce, enabling the company to reach consumers in markets like Russia and Latin America.
PayPal Available in 203 Countries
PayPal announces 10 new international markets and is now accessible in 203 countries.
eBay Joins with Sotheby’s
Proving that art isn’t only for the super rich, we join forces with Sotheby’s to offer mid-priced works of art in a virtual live-auction format.
Superman Comic Sold for $3.2 Million
A well-preserved copy of Superman #1 is sold for $3.2 million on eBay. It’s the most expensive comic book ever sold.
eBay and PayPal to Become Two New Companies
eBay and PayPal announce plans to become independent companies in 2015, enabling both to sharpen their strategic focus and hone in on innovative growth opportunities in their respective markets.
Welcoming Dan Schulman
Consumer brands expert Dan Schulman is named as PayPal’s President and CEO designee.
eBay Spins Off PayPal
eBay and PayPal trade as separate companies on Nasdaq stock exchange.
Devin Wenig is eBay’s Fourth CEO
Tapped as our CEO Designee in 2014, Devin Wenig takes over as eBay CEO.
eBay’s 20th Anniversary
eBay Inc. Completes Sale of eBay Enterprise
eBay Inc. completes the sale of eBay Enterprise to a consortium of businesses for $925 million.
eBay acquires Expertmaker
In an effort to advance our structured data initiative, eBay acquired Expertmaker, a leading artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics firm.
The Future of Shopping
eBay and Australian retailer Myer partner to launch the first-ever virtual reality department store.
Record bidding matched for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett
$3,456,789 raised for GLIDE in Power Lunch auction with Warren Buffett benefitting San Francisco’s poor, homeless, and most vulnerable residents.
eBay unveils its "Gateway to the Future"
“Main Street,” the newest addition to eBay’s San Jose headquarters, officially opens. The building now serves as a central meeting place and welcome center for visitors and guests.
Stubhub acquires Ticketbis
The largest ticket marketplace in the U.S. continues to grow by expanding into the Latin American, European, and Asia Pacific markets.