PayPal’s founding team are called the ‘Mafia’ for a reason. Not because they’re criminals, but because they’ve had a rather sinister grasp on the startup ecosystem since they sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002. The below infographic now makes that clear for all to see.
Names like Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and Reid Hoffman will likely be familiar, all were co-founders of the payments company back in 1998, but the likes of Scott Banister, Dave McClure and Keith Rabois have largely flown under the radar.
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Between these 19 men, they’ve brought household brands like YouTube, Linkedin and Yelp to life. Whether it’s Reddit, Airbnb or Facebook, there’s never a PayPal Mafia man too far away acting as an investor or an advisor.
More recently many of them hooked back up to launch a political campaign group called FWD.US to lobby for immigration reform, better education and more investment in scientific research.
Like Google Ventures, now called GV, the PayPal Mafia has a potentially unhealthy presence across the Web. These guys sure have great experience, but you can’t help but wonder whether rich, white mean really have the monopoly on good ideas.