PayPal Survived the Dot-Com Bubble and Swept the Digital Financial Services Industry

Its founders also kept innovating with future tech projects

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In retrospect, it seems like the most obvious idea in the world. In 1998, as the dot-com bubble had inflated nearly to its bursting point, online merchants such as, and were multiplying like rabbits. Everyone was talking about a future when Americans would do all their shopping online. Yet strangely, almost nobody was thinking about a fast and secure way to pay for all of those purchases electronically.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 5, 2020, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@UpperEastRob Robert Klara is a senior editor, brands at Adweek, where he specializes in covering the evolution and impact of brands.