Why the “PayPal Mafia” is Killing It

That’s the title of my Huffington Post editorial that ran today. In the wake of Yelp filing for an IPO a couple of weeks ago, I explore the issue of the amazing track record PayPal alumni have in starting companies:

Why are PayPal alumni so successful? Or, to consider the question a different way, what factors turned PayPal into an incubator for so much entrepreneurial talent? As PayPal’s first marketing director and now the founder of a startup called CapLinked, I’ve been privileged to see the entire process firsthand. The answer lies not just in PayPal’s hiring practices but also the unique circumstances and vision of the company’s founding.

I go on to identify four reasons why the experience of working at PayPal prepared the company’s alumni to become great entrepreneurs.

The editorial was based on a presentation I gave at Startup Weekend in Orange County a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the slide deck for those of you intimidated by a 900 word HuffPo essay. 😉


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