Bezos launched Amazon because he loved books, was relentlessly curious and saw huge potential of the internet to help people anywhere acquire knowledge almost immediately (reading instantly via Kindle is one of the greatest inventions). Imagine what he could do with Blue Origin.
3. A few years ago I hired a young engineer who was self-taught, mostly by buying hard to obtain books (her town didn’t have a single major bookstore) cheaply off Amazon - she was one of the best people I’ve hired, built amazing products and engineering teams.
4. Apple’s iPod gets the hype but it’s Amazon’s Kindle that revolutionized how people acquired knowledge. Amazon lost money on every early generation Kindle (which featured text to speech options, free US-wide 3G data access to browse/download books from Kindle store) it made.
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