Tom Gonzales Jr.
|Defunct||February 7, 2006|
|Fate||Acquired by Perfect Commerce|
|Revenue||$0.401 billion (2000)|
|-$0.344 billion (2000)|
|$3.070 billion (2000)|
|$2.799 billion (2000)|
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references|
Commerce One, Inc. was a B2B e-commerce company that used online auctions to connect business to their suppliers. At the peak of the dot-com bubble, the company had a market capitalization of $21.5 billion.
The company's technologies included Schema for Object-Oriented XML (SOX), an XML schema technology that influenced the development of the W3C's XML Schema language and the Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB).
In January 1999, the company acquired Veo Systems from Asim Abdullah for $300 million.
In December 2000, the company formed Covisint with Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Daimler AG, Renault, and Nissan. Ford and General Motors each received 14.4 million shares of Commerce One and Commerce One owned 2% of Covisint.
In 2001, co-founder Tom Gonzales Jr. died of a rare cancer at age 35 and left his stake in the company in a trust to help the needy. His father was later accused of mismanaging trust funds.
In October 2002, the company announced that it planned to lay off 400 employees, 36% of its staff.
In December 2004, a portion of its patent portfolio was sold by a bankruptcy court to JGR Acquisitions, a subsidiary of Novell, for $15.5 million. The remaining business interests, including all remaining intellectual property rights to the software, together with a patent license from JGR, were sold to new investors that continued to operate the company as Commerce One.
Perfect Commerce acquired Commerce One on February 7, 2006.
Proactis acquired Perfect Commerce on July 7, 2017.