The Paypal wars - Having joined Paypal from the beginning, I'm surprised this book got by me, but it's in Kindle version now for $2.85.
The full title is The PayPal Wars: Battles With Ebay, the Media, the Mafia, And the Rest of Planet Earth and it's by Eric M. Jackson.
39 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The paperback price is $10.85.
From the Publisher:
' ... winner of the 2005 Writers Notes Book Award for best business book, winner of the 2005 DIY Book Award for non-fiction, and runner-up in the 2004 USA Book News' Best Book Award for business.For more details, see the description from the book's "inside flap."
... Tom Peters -- management guru and author of the classic "In Search of Excellence" -- said this book "kept me up all night reading" and declared it "the best description of 'business strategy' unfolding in a world changing at warp speed." It's been called "an absorbing insider's story" by the Washington Times and hailed for its "engaging narrative [that] reads like a spy novel" by Reason Magazine...
... This candid insider's account shows firsthand how PayPal launched its online payment service and set out to revolutionize the world's currency markets. But when the startup's plucky entrepreneurs found themselves confronting eBay (their #1 source of customers!) as well as organized crime rings, money-grubbing lawyers, and even regulation-happy NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the entire venture takes a turn for the worse. '
The author was director of Paypal's marketing program, so this will be from that perspective. Other online reviews mention that the book explains some of Paypal's bad reputation in the past and there are still strong complaints online, though I've personally had no problem with it.
As most will know, Paypal became a fully-owned subsdiary of eBay in 2002, 3 years before this book was released.
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