10 successful companies sprung from the PayPal Mafia

Tesla Motors

PayPal employees are known for producing hugely successful companies. Here are some of the most biggest companies to come from members of the PayPal Mafia.

Tesla Motors is an electric car manufacturer that was founded by former CEO and PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk. At the time of this writing, Tesla has a market capitalization of over $27 billion.

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Conner Forrest is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. He covers Google and startups and is passionate about the convergence of technology and culture.


"Here are some of the most biggest companies to come from members of the PayPal Mafia."  Really?  Most biggest?  Come on Conner Forrest; if you're going to be a "writer", you'll have to do better than this.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  My third grade teacher would turn over in her grave if I were ever to write something like this.  I mean, you only wrote a 4 sentence introduction, and on the second sentence you committed one of the "most worst" grammatical faux pas I have ever seen in print.


Big list here. YouTube is possible the most well known story of former PayPal employees getting into big league with a great startup. What is more interesting is that PayPal has continued to spawn its own growth despite losing some of their most high profile workforce, which probably says a lot about their own technical impetus and ability to attract the best talents, as well the kind of work environment they foster.