Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP. The software was originally developed by Varian, Inc, a US private company headquartered in Culver City, California, with assistance from volunteers.
Varian published the first general-availability release of the software on March 31, 2008. Roy Rubin, former CEO of Varian, later sold a substantial share of the company to eBay, which eventually completely acquired and then spun off the company.
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