Max Levchin

  • Max Levchin Explains The Consumer Credit Revolution | Highlights

    On The Record With Max Levchin

    Earlier today I sat down with Max Levchin at Disrupt SF 2014 to talk about what he’s building at the moment, and to get his take on the current technology market. Max is best known for his work at PayPal and his second firm, a gaming company called Slide. PayPal sold to eBay, and Google picked up Slide. Now, Max is building something called Affirm, which hopes to change how people… Read More

  • PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin To Speak At Disrupt SF 2014 About His Latest Startup, Affirm

    PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin To Speak At Disrupt SF 2014 About His Latest Startup, Affirm

    We’re happy to announce that PayPal co-founder, Yahoo board member and self-proclaimed crypto-nerd Max Levchin will be returning to the Disrupt stage in September. Last year, Levchin spoke with TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis about the NSA, lessons he learned from PayPal and his fertility app, Glow, which now is doing rather well. But Levchin just can’t sit still and… Read More

  • How Max Levchin Plans To Reinvent Consumer Finance Again, With His New Company Affirm

    How Max Levchin Plans To Reinvent Consumer Finance Again, With His New Company Affirm

    Max Levchin is one of the founders of PayPal, a company that made it easier for consumers to transfer funds to one another and provided an easy-to-install payment processor for businesses. Now he’s seeking to once again reinvent consumer finance as CEO of his new company Affirm. Affirm was founded out of Levchin’s company building investment vehicle HVF, and over the past two years… Read More

  • Indiegogo Pulls In Additional Investment From Max Levchin, Sir Richard Branson And Others

    Indiegogo Pulls In Additional Investment From Max Levchin, Sir Richard Branson And Others

    Following a massive $40 million Series B, Indiegogo has just announced it has secured additional investments from Sir Richard Branson, Max Levchin, Megan Smith, and Maynard Webb. Additional investors include Dan Benton, Tim Draper, Dawn Lepore, and Hans Morris. Read More

  • The NSA Isn’t Evil, It’s Trying To Protect Us, Says PayPal’s Max Levchin

    The NSA Isn’t Evil, It’s Trying To Protect Us, Says PayPal’s Max Levchin

    The NSA is designed to protect us from terrorism, so even if it oversteps its bounds, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin says we shouldn’t hate it. That’s diametrically opposed to the sentiment of many in the tech industry, including Michael Arrington who thinks the NSA’s spying doesn’t stop terrorism — it is terrorism. Read More

  • WTF
    Max Levchin Wants Us To Mine Hurricanes For Energy

    Max Levchin Wants Us To Mine Hurricanes For Energy

    Health care, finance, education, food and transportation are the five big areas of tech opportunity PayPal co-founder Max Levchin outlined today at Mixpanel’s Data Driven Conference. But perhaps the most interesting tidbit he dropped was his dream of harnessing hurricanes for energy. Read More

  • Double Hubble Bubble Trouble

    Double Hubble Bubble Trouble

    OK, now I’m worried. Here’s why: Lo these many years ago, in the long-gone spring of 1996, I set out to San Francisco to make my software fortune, armed with a freshly minted degree from Canada’s finest technical university. The second of the interviews I’d arranged via email–itself a radical notion, then–consisted mostly of playing Doom with my… Read More

  • Disruptive Tendencies

    Disruptive Tendencies

    Early on Day One of Disrupt SF, Silicon Valley legends Peter Thiel and Max Levchin came out on stage with a grim message of doom: “Innovation in the world today is somewhere between dire straits and dead … outside of computers and the Internet, we’ve had forty years of stagnation.” Meanwhile, Startup Alley boasted a large number of trivial, me-too apps, all too… Read More

  • Levchin and Gurley Say That Next Big Company Will Capture The Interest Graph

    Yesterday, at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, Googler and PayPal founder Max Levchin and Benchmark GP Bill Gurley discussed “game-changing technology” and the future of the Web. Emblematic of today’s mindset, they attacked this rather large topic by comparing the strengths and objectives of Google and Facebook, using the… Read More

  • Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units

    Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units

    There’s a lie that companies and entrepreneurs tell themselves in order to commit to an acquisition. Oh, we’re not going to change anything! We’re just going to give you more resources to do what you’ve been doing even better! Yeah! They bought us for a reason, why would they ruin things? It usually works for a little while, but big company bureaucracy–… Read More