Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.
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 achieve that end, 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 readers 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 is 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, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks 2013
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A fascinating story, very well told.
The challenges and battles of Amazon in the early years were interesting. Anyone in a startup will be able to relate and learn from Jeff's example.
"Force for good or for evil?"
Fascinating story about disruptive business innovation. Also a warning to anyone who may want to work for Amazon but does not share the company ethos! to learn the background to Amazon Prime was a real eye opener.
Hearing of publishers' wrangling the impossible dilemma of price (value) and sales volume. It was also interesting to hear of Jeff Bezos' personal background and management approach. He has some seriously risky gut instinct that he is not afraid to act upon.
Initially Pete Larkin's narration style reminded me too much of the way movies trailers are are presented. I got used to it after a while but I would probably avoid other books narrated by him unless it involved men in muddy vests crawling into a demilitarized zone being chased by relentless waves of zombies.
Yes, a page turner.
This felt thoroughly and carefully researched, the author did a great job and revealed some fascinating facts.
"Good book, not enthusiast about the narration"
Written by the author yes, narrated by this narrator possibly not. I found the narration boring.
Several interesting points. For instance, at the beginning, the three reasons that distinguish Amazon.
"I'd recommend the abridged version"
This was a good book, but long. I thought it was very detailed but in some ways I don't need that level of detail. I would recommend the book, but the abridged version.
"Engaging in parts."
Got lost (interest) somewhere about 70% to 90% probably because I was more aware of Bezos through news during these years.
Mercenary and missionary. Simple rule of success in business.
"A great biography."
A great insight into the life of one of the most successful and inspirational people around. Also an interesting read if you are in the ecommerce business.
"You must read this one, if you shop here..."
Bezos reinvented Wal-Mart
The Wal-Mart effect. It shows, how Bezos built on his early vision to use the unique opportunity at the dawn of the Internet, to build a retail company, that will ultimately overtake the largest retail organization, ever. They achieve this by not being a retail company, but being a technology company, really. The Wal-Mart effect describes the inner workings of the original...
The story of Jeff Bezos' success is very similar to Steve Jobs - fascinating.
The question mark emails.
It was ok.
Jeff's email to his father.
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