Even ten years ago, the number of people who had heard of eBay was relatively small. It was a start-up company, born from a simple idea and hatched by someone who just thought it filled a need.
Pierre Omidyar didn’t set out to become wealthy, but hatching eBay in 1995 turned into a gold mine for the French-born California resident. He was no genius–just a guy with a ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ kind of idea.
The company’s humble beginnings are legendary…even if the story you may have heard about the impetus for its launch isn’t necessarily true.