eBay Pez Story: A Big Lie

from the I-feel-so-violated dept

One of the most popular Silicon Valley stories - that eBay was started by Pierre Omidyar to help his girlfriend find collectible Pez dispensers is a myth made up by an eBay PR person to get people more interested in the company. It worked. That story has been told so many times that it's pretty much part of the standard "Silicon Valley story". It seems that even the good stories, like the products from so many dot coms, were pure vaporware.

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    Ed, 14 Jun 2002 @ 10:04am

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    It's missing from the online story, but the dead tree edition of the Merc includes a picture of Meg Whitman in front of a display case full of Pez dispensers, apparently somewhere on display at eBay headquarters.

    Yeah, it's no Enron, but why do we insist on firing ever college coach who ever padded their resume but let complete fiction slide as long as it's attributed to a corporation instead of an individual?

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