Amazon.com, Inc. was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 and went online in early 1995. Since then, the company has grown to become the largest online retailer in the United Stated, with almost three times the revenue of Staples, Inc. Amazon began its life as an online book store, but quickly began offering a plethora of general merchandise.
Google Inc. was originally a collage project started by Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the Stanford University in 1996. Google has grown into the world’s largest internet search engine and online advertising platform, generating over 20 billion dollars per year in advertising revenue.
Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerburg in his dorm room at Harvard University in 2004. The site was originally created as an online yearbook for Harvard students, but was soon opened to other collages and the general public shortly thereafter. Facebook now has over 500 million active users, as of July 21st, 2010. This number continues to grow and is expected to reach 600 million by mid 2011. Facebook Inc. generates millions of dollars per month in advertising revenue through the facebook.com website.
Ebay Inc, was originally founded as AutionWeb by Pierre Omidyar in 1995. The websites name was officially changed from Auction web to Ebay in September of 1997. Ebay is the world’s largest auction house, both online and offline.
Yahoo! Inc. was created by Jerry Yang and David Filo at Stanford University in early 1994. The original website was called “David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”, which was a simple directory or “index” or other websites on the internet. In mid 1994, the website was renamed to “Yahoo”. Today, Yahoo is the second largest search provider (second only to Google) and is the world’s largest online portal, providing a plethora of information to internet users, such as news, sports, weather, blogs and much more.