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The Never-Ending Auction - Meg Whitman

She Grew Online Auction Site eBay into a Worldwide Brand with Millions of Users


Meg Whitman is running for governor of California in 2010, but she's already made her mark wirh eBay -- another way for the rest of us to acquire stuff 24/7.
The Never-Ending Auction - Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, addresses a tech convvention in November 2001.

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When Meg Whitman joined eBay as president and CEO in March 1998, the company had 30 employees and $4.7 million in revenues, with 500,000 registered users using the U.S.-based auction site. By the time Whitman stepped down a decade later in 2008, eBay had expanded worldwide with auction websites in more than 3 dozen countries, over 15,000 employees, and nearly $8 billion in revenues. Under Whitman, eBay grew from a little-known auction site to a worldwide brand that provided an easy outlet for nearly anyone with access to a computer to buy and sell products online and accept electronic payment. Thanks to Whitman, the auction never ends.
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