Billpoint

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Billpoint
Industry Financial Services
Founded October 1998; 18 years ago (1998-10)
Founder Jason May

Billpoint was the name of a person-to-person money transfer service founded in 1998 and purchased in 1999 by online auctioneer eBay.[1] It was founded by S Young Lee, Hope Chen, Will Chen, Jason May, Ian Flint and Jay Shen. It obtained venture funding from Sequoia Capital in February 1999.[2] Billpoint's website was taken offline while eBay integrated Billpoint into its auction service, and it did not reappear until 2000, when it was relaunched as a joint venture with Wells Fargo bank.[3]

During this interval, online payment service PayPal was launched, rapidly becoming popular with eBay's customers. Billpoint and eBay spent much of the next two years trying to overtake PayPal, but with mixed results.[3][4] In July 2002, eBay CEO Meg Whitman agreed to the acquisition of PayPal with its CEO Peter Thiel. When the deal was closed in October 2002, eBay began the process of phasing out Billpoint.[4] The shutdown was completed in early 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beth Cox (2002-12-16). "eBay Bidding Bye Bye to Billpoint". Internetnews.com. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Billpoint Founder Jason May on eBay, Open Source". WTN News. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Eric M. Jackson. The PayPal Wars: Battles With Ebay, the Media, the Mafia, And the Rest of Planet Earth (World Ahead Publishing, 2006) ISBN 978-0-9778984-3-5.
  4. ^ a b Troy Wolverton (2002-07-08). "Billpoint failure a lesson for eBay?". CNET News. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 

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