Pierre Omidyar (1967-Present)

“Give the individual the power to be a producer as well as a consumer.”

“The interesting thing was, I started eBay off as a hobby so it was free of charge.”

“People were doing business with one another through the Internet already, through bulletin boards. But on the Web, we could make it interactive, we could create an auction, we could create a real marketplace. And that’s really what triggered my imagination, if you will, and that’s what I did.”

“People naturally gravitate towards eBay because it’s the largest marketplace. We’re the original. We’ve been around the longest and so far, we’ve been able to hold our own.”

“The personal wealth that’s coming is absolutely secondary to the stories that I hear about our users who have given themselves some financial independence as well by starting businesses, and all the lives we’ve touched positively.”

“One of the things that I repeat probably every day here is that our success is built on our community’s success.”

“You know, what we used to say around here was that it’s a different company every three months. And that’s really the Internet business. It’s so fast moving that three years, it might as well be 30 years in any other industry. So it has been very, wild ride.”

“We believe that business can be a tool for social good, … Microfinance has already shown that enabling the poor to empower themselves economically can be good business.”


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