Pierre Morad Omidyar

Timeline created by MikeM13
  • First Discovery

    First Discovery
    He wrote his first computer program at age 14, to catalog books for the school library
  • Graduated from College

    Graduated from College
    He graduated from Tufts University with a degree in computer science and went to work for a company that developed Macintosh software.
  • Develepment Corp

    Later, he worked for the Apple subsidiary Claris, then helped start a software company in 1991 called Ink Development Corp.
  • Ebay Launched

    Ebay Launched
    Ebay, the multibillion-dollar online auction company that changed e-commerce, all started with Pez. Software developer Pierre Omidyar was having dinner one night in 1995 with his girlfriend, an avid Pez collector was trying to sell her pez dispensors. He created the future Ebay, to help her sell them.
  • Develepment to eShop

    The company later changed its name to eShop and was purchased by Microsoft in 1996
  • Meg Whitman

    Meg Whitman
    In May 1998, Omidyar was named eBay's chairman, at which time he announced the appointment of Meg Whitman as president and chief executive officer.
  • Ebay's a Hit

    Ebay's a Hit
    By the end of 1998, the company boasted 2.1 million members and generated $750 million in revenues, enough business to attract the attention of e-commerce giant Amazon.com, which started running its own auctions in 1999.
  • Married Man

    Married Man
    In 1999, Omidiyar married his girlfriend, who now has more than 400 Pez dispensers in her collection.
  • Second Job

    In January 2000, Omidyar accepted his first board position outside of eBay. He joined the board of directors of ePeople, an online marketplace for technical support.
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