Tag: PayPal

12 years of ebay

I was recently thinking about the sheer number of services I have signed up for, certainly increasing in the past 5 years, and thinking back on some of the old services I don’t use anymore.  I would ventures to say that my time on the VC side of things yielded probably 10 signups a week on the low side and 100 per week on the high side.

What prompted this post however was this congratulatory email from eBay celebrating 12 YEARS using the service.  This is certainly a milestone for me because I am not sure if there is another example of a service that I use anymore.  I still have an @aol.com account, but never use it.  I still have a domain from 1998 that I bought (multiplayergames.com) but thats not the same.

eBay is a service (As well as paypal) that I use at least yearly, if not quarterly.  Its certainly had its share of startups that have tried to disrupt its throne – but the sheer volume and breadth have kept it the market leader.  Its a rare site that stays in the top spot so long, and I wonder how much longer the reign can continue.  I don’t doubt the power and utility of the service (I just used it last month) but I wonder if they can sustain it forever.
I always wondered why companies didn’t take the opportunity to give something amazing to their old customers, but I guess it will always be about getting new customers to signup.

Here is to another 12 years eBay!

Blackberry App World Launches

Blackberry App World has launched and is now available for RIM devices.


I am in the process of testing out the Blackberry App World story now on my Curve 8320.

From the source:

BlackBerry App World is available for free! If you have a PayPal account, and if your BlackBerry® smartphone meets the system requirements, then you’re ready to download BlackBerry App World from your smartphone or from your desktop computer.
* BlackBerry App World is only available to customers in US, Canada and UK and may not be available on all networks

Interesting that you have to have a paypal account to use the service. To me this signifies not only transactions for purchasing apps from App World itself, but also hopefully in application transactions as well for upgrades, virtual goods, and perhaps subscriptions.

There is an extensive developer section, although I have heard it has been a confusing process.

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