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On September 30, 2014, e Bay announced it would spinoff Pay Pal into a separate publicly traded company, a demand made nine months prior by activist hedge fund magnate Carl Icahn. e Bay’s then chief executive, John Donahoe, stepped down from that role.
e Bay generates revenue by a complex system of fees for services, listing product features, and a Final Value Fee for sales proceeds by sellers.
Jeffrey Skoll was hired as the first new president of the company in early 1996.
In November 1996, e Bay entered into its first third-party licensing deal, with a company called Electronic Travel Auction to use Smart Market Technology to sell plane tickets and other travel products.
Reportedly, e Bay was simply a side hobby for Omidyar until his Internet service provider informed him he would need to upgrade to a business account due to the high volume of traffic to his website.
The resulting price increase (from /month to 0) forced him to start charging those who used e Bay, and was not met with any animosity.
e Bay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995, and became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble.
Today, e Bay is a multi-billion-dollar business with operations in about 30 countries.
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After nearly ten years at e Bay, Whitman decided to enter politics.
On January 23, 2008, the company announced that Whitman would step down on March 31, 2008, and John Donahoe was selected to become President and CEO.
Originally, the site belonged to Echo Bay Technology Group, Omidyar's consulting firm.
Omidyar had tried to register the domain name echobay.com, but found it already taken by the Echo Bay Mines, a gold mining company, By early 2008, the company had expanded worldwide, counting hundreds of millions of registered users as well as 15,000 employees and revenues of almost .7 billion.