The PayPal Wars: Battles with EBay, the Media, the Mafia and the Rest of Planet Earth

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WND Books, 2006 - Business & Economics - 270 pages
When Peter Thiel and Max Levchin launched an online payment website in 1999, they hoped their service could improve the lives of millions around the globe. But when their start-up, PayPal, survived the dot.com crash only to find itself besieged by unimaginable challenges, that dream threatened to become a nightmare. PayPal's history - as told by former insider Eric Jackson - is an engrossing study of human struggle and perseverance against overwhelming odds. The entrepreneurs that Thiel and Levchin recruited to overhaul world currency markets first had to face some of the greatest trials ever thrown at a Silicon Valley company before they could make internet history. Business guru Tom Peters, author of "In Search of Excellence," called the hardcover edition of The PayPal Wars "a real page turner" that featured what he called "the best description of business strategy unfolding in a world changing at warp speed." The new paperback edition will feature updated material and even more insights on the state of internet commerce.
 

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Contents

THE NEW RECRUIT
3
BREAKTHROUGH
27
MEGAMERGER
51
GROWING PAINS
71
THE PRODUCERS
89
REVOLUTIONPAYPAL 20
107
THE MONOPOLIST STRIKES
127
HIGH STAKES
149
EARTH VS PALO ALTO
171
TO THE BRINK
191
SELL OUT
215
CONCLUSION
237
AFTERWORD
245
NOTES
249
INDEX
261
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Eric Jackson directed the marketing operations for PayPal, the world's leading on-line service, and was instrumental in turning the company into one of the few profitable dot-coms. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and serves on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Review, a non-profit dedicated to improving education at his alma mater.

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