Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014
The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.
Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.
Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving listeners the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators - Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg - Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.
The Everything Store will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.
©2013 Brad Stone (P)2013 Hachette Audio
The book went into great detail about Jeff Bezos, the history and development of Amazon and the various companies Amazon competed with, acquired merged with or crushed. Very interesting and well delivered.
My thoughts on why I liked this book:
1. How Jeff Bezos thinks and how he likes to get things done.
2. What makes Amazon so successful in what they do, despite of having very little profit.
3. Very nice read.
This is a behind-the-scenes account of the growth of Amazon. The author covers the company in a balanced way, noting Jeff Bezos's fanatical focus on customer service even to the point of using bullying tactics towards competitors and treating employees poorly. I came away with a little more wariness towards making so many of my purchases at Amazon.com. A fascinating read, especially for those interested in business or technology.
I realize that Jeff Bezos is a uniquely talented individual with unmatched list of accomplishments. I also realize that Jeff Bezos is very private person and does not reveal his struggles to outside world.
Problem with the book is that Jeff Bezos is presented as a comics superman character. Even Ayn Rand's hypothetical business titans had more emotions and struggles than Jeff Bezos in this book.
It seems there only 3 emotional states for him:
- cold calculating machine, who can school math PhD's on why their algorithms would not work
- wrath expressed in a vein on a forehead, which happens the moment an employee said something less than a genius. Usually happens right before he "bites his head off" or makes someone a "second asshole".
- diabolical laugh.
I would love to see Marvell's take on it.
I'm also concerned about the way story describes early days of amazon. It seems that all it took is some code to build a first version of a web site.
As long as you have a website and you can send a link to a few friends, you "purchase announcement" bell will start ringing.
I listened to the book directly after listening to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs. This book lacks insight and stories from the mastermind behind the everything store. It reads as a stockers version of amazons journey from inception to today. What I was looking for is Jeff besos insight and thought process.
I found this book fascinating. It is filled with a little bit of technical jargon, inter Amazon vocabulary, and the musings of a tyrannical CEO. I truly believe, that men like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sam Walton, and Jeff Bezos are like this because they see a world that we can't. We all may be flesh and blood and have to sit over own stink every day as we take a dump, but there are few out there that see the world differently and see it being better. I think you will enjoy this book.
This is one of those great stories of our time. Well researched and very well told. I highly recommend this book for all those who want to know about the rise of a fantastic company from a tiny beginning.
Since completing the Walter Isaacson book, Steve Jobs, and recently finishing the read on Elon Musk, I am convinced that Jeff Bezos is the third piece of a trio that have changed our lives forever and this book caps it. Because of Apple, because of PayPal/Tesla, and because of Amazon, the way we shop has been transformed exponentially from previous generations and we have these three to thank.
Jeff Bezos belongs in this company. His vision coupled with the likes of an Apple iPad, and transacted with PayPal is what makes him the Henry Ford of this generation. He’s a ball-buster for sure but without his tenacious nature, we couldn’t shop for Christmas from the comfort of our homes like we do today. He alone revolutionized Internet shopping.
This book does an excellent job of detailing how Bezos got from where he started, to where Amazon is today, and how drives both himself and his staff to strive for perfection. He, like Jobs, and Musk has little patience for incompetence and will not tolerate second rate. He works himself silly and thus expects the same from his team. Some make it, and some do not but in the end Amazon comes out ahead.
I was interested with this book from start to finish and recommend adding it to your queue. At 13 hours, you’ll breeze through and be looking for more. Then I’ll direct you to Jobs and Musk.
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