Of course, there is no real eBay Shopping Mall in Silicon Valley, but you will see the familiar eBay logo in various locations in San Jose and Campbell. eBay is more than just online shopping; it’s also PayPal, Skype, Meetup, Craigslist, Gumtree and many more.
The first item ever sold was a broken laser pointer. Pierre Omidyar was coding to launch “Auction Web” and tested the site by listing a broken laser pointer – which sold for $14.83 to Canadian Mark Fraser. For eBay’s 20th birthday in 2015, their first ever sold item got returned to the company and is now on display here. Watch the story here
At eBay’s Headquarters on Hamilton Avenue in San Jose stroll down “Main Street” and visit the Foyer Coffeeshop, display of the first item ever sold and real time sales on screens are yours to explore. Interact with the large display of screens with informational videos about eBay.
The multicolored logo alerts you to where the locations are. Otherwise it’s just offices – people work here! A more funky business culture than traditional companies also characterizes eBay.
Take a stop in your tour and talk to people. Silicon Valley is about personal connection and seeing where that takes you. Enter with an open mind and find out what you are interested in! People are willing to share, as long as it’s not confidential. Just like with any business, the more you put into the conversation, the more you get out! It might be your best bet to google your way inside!
In the lobby of eBay’s HQ watch a giant screen with real time life sales. Any item category ever sold, tap it and see the statistics. Big tapping game for any age – fun and addictive.