E-Commerce Innovators: 4 of the Industry's Most Prominent Figures

Business.com / Sales / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

The world of e-commerce is booming. There are websites for every product and service imaginable. While many people are running their...

The world of e-commerce is booming. There are websites for every product and service imaginable. While many people are running their companies from the comfort of their homes, others have taken a small online company and made it something incredible. With business savvy marketing strategies and a great product or service to offer, these e-commerce gurus have changed the world.


1. Tej Kohli, Founder of Grafix Softech 

If you're looking for an innovative new way to accept payments for your online or brick-and-mortar store, you're going to want to consider Grafix Softech. This company, founded by Tej Kohli, allows business owners to accept payments in a variety of ways, from credit or debit cards to paying with a smart phone. The company offers the newest innovations in payment processing. Whether your company is large or small, you can easily customize payment options that will work for you, and you don't have to worry about expanding outside of the capabilities of the processor.

Tej is a businessman who finds the innovations that are happening all over the Internet and the world to be intriguing. He works with many charitable and commercial companies, including the Tej Kohli Foundation. He feels that it's crucial to find the right people for the job, and to make sure that you harness the ideas and the power of the younger generations for today's innovations.

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2. Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon

If you've ever made an online purchase, you've likely ordered products from Amazon. Originally the company was a book seller, and Jeff Bezos ran it out of his garage. Amazon took off quickly, selling books to people in each of the 50 states, as well as people in 45 different countries within the first month of business. Amazon became popular for a number of reasons, including cheap prices, instant recommendations, and a great review system. Today the company has seven web sites with international domains, employing people all over the world.

Jeff was named Person of the Year by Time magazine in 1999. In addition to this, he has been named 2012's Fortune Businessperson of The Year. From a one-man company to one of the largest retailers in the world, Jeff has grown with the company to ensure that it is customer-centric. In addition to this, Jeff has funded a variety of projects, including the Clock of the Long Now and the recovery of the Saturn V first-stage F-1 rockets. When it comes to business, Jeff Bezos is known by those he works with to be an executive who wants to know everything that is going on in the company

3. Tony Hsieh and Nick Swinmurn, Founders of Zappos

In 1999, Zappos.com Nick Swinmurn and Tony Hsieh created Zappos, a shoe and clothing company based in Las Vegas. The company quickly made a name for itself through word of mouth as the quality of the products was great, the prices were low, and the customer service was outstanding. These all came together to create a company with amazing profits. In fact, in the first year the company made about $8.6 million and in 2009, Amazon purchased the company.

4. Pierre Omidyar, Founder of eBay

Pierre Omidyar created eBay in 1995, and is now the biggest auction site in the world, offering several different domains for countries around the world. The site allows those selling products and those looking for items to come together. Originally, eBay was a completely free site. However, Pierre started charging to help cover the cost of running the site. By the middle of 1997, eBay had almost 800,000 auctions each day. By 2008, the eBay shares that Pierre owned were worth about $4.45 billion.

As of September 2013, Pierre Omidyar was named the 123rd richest person in the world by Forbes magazine with an honorary degree from Tufts University, as a Doctor of Public Service. In addition to eBay, Pierre donated $100 million to the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, helping entrepreneurs in developing companies by offering them loans to get their companies started.

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Many of these started before the dot-com boom, while others are starting with great innovations today. Tomorrow's prominent figures will show us a completely different world that what we see today. With so many new ideas every day, it will be interesting to see where we go from here.

Author Bio: Natasha Mier has had a passion for writing for as long as she can remember. From poetry to informational articles and more, Natasha has written on a large variety of topics. Some of her favorite topics on which to write are politics, marketing, gaming, and writing tips.  Visit Natasha at natashamier.blogspot.com

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