eBay Founder, Pierre Omidyar Points Out John McCain Needs To Get His eBay Facts Straight

Posted Oct 8, 2008

During last night’s 2008 Presidential Debate, John McCain gave a shout-out to former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in the form of saying that she would make a good candidate for Treasury secretary.  The other statement McCain made about Whitman caught the eye of Pierre Omidyar, the actual founder of eBay.

“Meg Whitman was CEO of a company which started with 12 people,” stated McCain.

ValleyWag pointed out that Omidyar started out the company by itself in Sept. 1995.  And Meg Whitman joined as CEO 3 years later when the company had 30 employees.  Before Whitman was hired, the company even had revenues of more than $4 million.

Whitman won McCain’s recommendation because she joined his presidential campaign as the national co-chair.  She plans on running for the 2010 Governor of California election in a position that is currently filled by Arnod Schwarznegger.