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When you have mass surveillance, it’s impossible to meet the intent of the First Amendment because reporters can’t talk to sources because sources are afraid…
When I started eBay, it was a hobby, an experiment to see if people could use the Internet to be empowered through access to an…
What makes eBay successful – the real value and the real power at eBay – is the community. It’s the buyers and sellers coming together…
What I’m really focused on is connecting people around shared interests, so together they can make good stuff happen. I’m more focused on helping people…
Technologists come at a problem from the point of view that the system is working a certain way, and if I engage in that system…
News organisations that have been around a while have a lot of traditions and ways of doing things that may have served them for many…
Microfinance initiatives are very high-touch models. The loan officer meets with local groups of borrowers every week, they share tips and techniques. There’s a lot…
In the same way that you’re driven in your business to keep innovating – Facebook is a wonderful example of constant innovation – think about…
In order to access private capital, you have to provide competitive return on investment. In order to give competitive returns to investors, you’ve got to…
In February of 1996, about six months after I created eBay, I started receiving a spate of complaints. Everyone was complaining about each other. I…
I had the notion that, OK, so now we have all of this wealth, we could buy not only one expensive car, we could buy…
I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the…
eBay’s business is based on enabling someone to do business with another person, and to do that, they first have to develop some measure of…
As a philanthropist, I try to help people take ownership. Everything I’ve done is rooted in the notion that every human being is born equally…
Advertisers don’t want to put their ads next to the investigative story; it’s extremely difficult to do that. And very few people today actually read…
A well-functioning microfinance bank can actually be a profitable business as well. So it became a perfect proof point that, through business, you can provide…
You can invest in companies, you can help grow companies, you can be a venture capitalist – and be a philanthropist at the same time.
My parents made me believe I could do anything I wanted to do. They were really into empowering me.
In the early days of eBay, I articulated for the very first time this belief that people are basically good.
In terms of my belief that one individual can make a difference – that belief comes from my parents.
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