2. PayPal - Mаксим Левчин не столь широко известен. Приведем потому краткую биографическую справку из BusineesWeek:
- Born in Kiev, Russia, Levchin emigrated to Chicago with his family in 1991. He attended public high school, then in 1997 got his undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign -- the same school where Netscape founder Marc Andreesen got his start.
In 1998, Levchin, along with President Peter Thiel, founded PayPal. The service launched in November, 1999, offering $10 in cash to anyone who joined. Early on, the duo hitched their wagon to eBay, which now provides PayPal with about 60% of its customers.
Levchin is the brain behind the PayPal software's ability to spot and stop illegal payments -- most often, those made with fake or stolen credit cards -- while at the same time letting honest shoppers proceed with their purchases. One program, dubbed "Igor," alerts PayPal to freeze suspicious accounts or halt money transfers that appear to be headed for dubious destinations.
Another component performs real-time background checks on purchasers with unusual patterns of behavior -- such as small transfers of money to the same account at regular intervals. "If we're successful, it's like pre-crime," Levchin says. "We try to figure out what they're going to do so we can stop them before or in the act."
That idea is starting to pay off. The FBI has enlisted Igor to help detect fraudulent wire transfers. And PayPal is adding ... accounts a day to its list of more than ...million users in ... countries.
Возможно, что кому-то было бы интересно знать и кто был соавтором Максима Левчина по основанию компаниии PayPal:
- Peter Thiel is an American businessman and entrepreneur widely known as co-founder and former CEO of PayPal.
From San Mateo, California, Thiel is an avowed Libertarian. He studied 20th-century philosophy at Stanford University and continued at the law school. Interestingly, he once proposed that PayPal could be a catalyst for change in world politics  (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.09/paypal.html).
In 2002, Thiel sold PayPal to eBay for $1.5 billion USD  (http://www.independent.org/tii/forums/thiel_bio.html). Currently he is the Founder and Managing Member of Clarium Capital Management, LLC, a hedge fund managing over $250 million.
What else? Кто-нибудь знает другие имена того же источника рождения в компаниях сопоставимых с вышеназванными по их весу в Интернет в целом?