10 Facts About PayPal

Some Unknown Facts About PayPal
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PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.

Founded: 1998

Headquarters Regions: San Jose, CA

Industry: Internet Publishing 

Type: Public

Business Model: B2C

Founders: Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Ken Howery, Yu Pan, Elon Musk, Russel Simmons

  • History-PayPal was a money-transfer service offered by a company named Confinity, acquired by X.com in 1999. Later X.com was renamed PayPal and purchased by eBay in 2002.

  • Founder Peter Thiel, PayPal founder, and the former chief executive officer is sometimes referred to as the “don” of the PayPal Mafia.

  • eBay owned PayPal from 2002-to 2015. In October 2002, eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion. eBay saw how PayPal became the preferred payment method for users on the Internet auction site. The Internet auction company used the money transfer platform almost exclusively during this period.

  • PayPal currently operates in 200 countries. However, Paypal is still unavailable in Afghanistan, Antarctica, Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, and Turkey.

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  • PayPal made more acquisitions in 2013. IronPearl for engagement software and Braintree for enhancing PayPal’s product development and mobile services were among these acquisitions.

  • iZettle has been the company’s largest acquisition which PayPal got for $2.2 billion. The Swedish company’s acquisition helped PayPal enhance its digital marketing reach. When PayPal partnered with Instagram in 2019, it added the new feature “Checkout on Instagram.”

  • PayPal won 5 awards from 2018 to 2019. PayPal most recently earned the awards for Best Company Perks & Benefits and Best CEO in 2019. In the year prior, the money transfer company bagged the Silver Award at the 2018 American Business Awards.

  • PayPal Shipping permits users to purchase U.S. Postal Service and UPS shipping labels online. For this, a user would need a PayPal account. Upon purchasing a label, the user would only need to print and affix it to the package before giving it to the carrier.

  • Users can buy bitcoin with PayPal. It is not possible to purchase bitcoin directly from PayPal. However, users can get Bitcoin via PayPal through trading platforms like eToro or a peer-to-peer marketplace like Paxful.

  • PayPal launched a peer-to-peer payment platform called PayPal.Me. This feature enables users to send custom links to request money transfers and payments. Moreover, these requests can be conveniently done via message and email.

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