The PayPal Wars: Battles with EBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth
When PayPal launched its online payment service and set out to overhaul global currency markets it successfully weathered the dot-com bust and a fierce competitive struggle with the auction giant eBay. But hordes of government regulators, trial lawyers, and organized crime rings soon targeted PayPal for destruction, turning its quest to make Internet history into a desperate struggle for survival.
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Review: The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of the Planet EarthUser Review - Ronan O'Driscoll - Goodreads
Excellent recent history and overview of how a startup is successful in Silicon Valley. Perhaps focuses a little too much on eBay. I would have liked to know more of the technical details on how paypal combatted rampant fraud and mafia incursions. Read full review
Review: The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of the Planet EarthUser Review - Kent - Goodreads
Jackson's writing is insufferable and self-satisfied, with no capacity for generating empathy. I wanted to cram a banana down his throat then reach in and peel it. Otherwise, a fascinating tale of the origins of the company that rose to dominate online payments. Read full review