a book about amazon


brad stone presented the concept of his book “the everything store: jeff bezos and the age of amazon (2013)” to jeff bezos in the style of a press release as the custom is at amazon when new products are introduced in meetings <no powerpoints allowed! instead, 6-page narratives | ideas written down in prose> \ it is an in-depth story of amazon from its beginnings in the 1990s to the present / it deservedly won several awards: the 2013 financial times & goldman sachs business book of the year; best book of 2013 by the washington post, forbes, the new republic, and gizmodo; one of the top 10 investigative journalism books of 2013 by nieman reports \ this book is an excellent, great read

bravo to jeff bezos / he built amazon based on his tenacious belief in playing the long game, building a store that has the widest selection <the “everything store”> & alternative channels within amazon.com <thus lowest price> and providing the best customer buying experience <including instant gratification> \ bezos’ amazon largely defined what that digital shopping experience should be / it’s probably overdramatic but as a measure of how impressive bezos’ accomplishment is <at least in my opinion>, i think he is another representation of the “great man” in the business|technology world <steve jobs being the other one that comes to mind>

amazon is a great story about innovation, efficiency, tenacity & survival and brutal business practices / the picture above shows some of the innovations that amazon brought to consumers & industries <for better or for worse>

mackenzie bezos gave the book a 1-star review / other principal characters who reviewed the book on amazon.com:  shel kaphan <first employee |94-99>,  rick dalzell <cio|97-07>& jonathan leblang <director, 00-present>

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