Summer 2002. Just days before the eBay acquisition negotiations start. Rick Ramondo suits me up for the Executive Sumo Rumble -- the infamous Gang Of Four That Really Runs PayPal faces off -- Roelof Botha (CFO), David Sacks (COO), Peter Thiel (my co-founder and CEO) and yours truly (CTO and the other co-founder). The winner: MUAHAHAHA! This is also the last company offsite as an independent company and the last time all four top officers are together. Peter left the day of the acquisition, David a few weeks after, Roelof in late November, I held out last... until December 2002.

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