With more than 90 million active users globally, eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Their collective impact on e-commerce is staggering: In 2009, the total worth of goods sold on eBay was $60 billion -- $2,000 every second. For the latest stories about eBay, including recent financial performance. eBay — then called AuctionWeb — is founded by Pierre Omidyar after a long Labor Day weekend writing code on his home computer.Pierre posts the first item on the auction site, a broken laser pointer, and it sells for $14.83.Pierre hires his first employee, Chris Agarpao (shown left), to help him handle the website's operations.Pierre Omidyar hires his second employee, Jeff Skoll, as president of the company … around the same time, Pierre quit his day job at General Magic.Revenue tops $10,000 in a single month.
Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV): $7.2 million
Global Registered Users: 41,000
The AuctionWeb brand is officially retired and eBay is now hosting more than 200,000 individual auctions per month—that's compared with 250,000 auctions in all of 1996.
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