‘The folks at Maveron helped us think through several of our new initiatives, most notably our entry into the mid-tier auction market.’


A benchmark of early web glory, eBay is the unrivaled online marketplace of the world, connecting buyers and sellers on all manner of products. Founded in 1995 by Pierre Omidyar and now with tens of millions of users globally, the company revolutionized the concept of an auction, engaging consumers in an unprecedented way. Our investment in eBay was Maveron’s first home run. Benchmark Capital came to us because it wanted Howard Schultz’s unparalleled brand-building expertise and the company went public barely three months after our investment.