What Did eBay Do Differently Early On to Ensure Success?

Lynn Reedy · Stephanie Tilenius, eBay

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Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, had a sense of community, says Tilenius. He constructed a process of feedback to make it easier for two strangers to buy and sell. Having been an entrepreneur before eBay, Omidyar was thinking creatively about how to get profitability. The feedback system was his way of getting out of the middle. At every stage he found ways of letting the community run itself so that the company could become profitable from the beginning.

Oct 29, 2003

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