Magazine article Wired

Meg Whitman

Magazine article Wired

Meg Whitman

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MEG WHITMAN

FORMER CEO OF EBAY; CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE

When I joined eBay in January 1998, the company was growing rapidly revenue was jumping 70 percent every month. We continued to upgrade the site, but we didn't invest quite enough to keep up. If you think your site's traffic is going to grow 150 percent a year, you should probably be prepared for 250 percent growth.

At 5 pm on June 10, 1999, the site went down; we had corrupted the entire backend database of the trading platform. I called my assistant and said, I think we are going to be here for a little while. We need cots, sleeping bags, toiletries, and towels. She organized sleeping quarters in the conference rooms.

I ended up staying there for most of the summer. …

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