Nice little piece on kindness inside a company, with a look at Amazon’s “friendly but intense” culture.
Interviews with dozens of current and former employees reveal what went wrong and what it tells us about where Amazon is headed.
Fascinating read. Bezos sounds like a lot of other wealthy founders, I know: eccentric, confident to a fault, and often more concerned about the long game rather than short-term sound decisions.
I think these are admirable qualities in founders actually. The problem is that such a person needs a friend he/she trusts to say, “Ok, no really, you’re being completely unreasonable.” Without that, you eventually get to madness and unsustainable ideas.
The e-commerce giant aspires to fuse talent, technology, and marketing muscle into a fresh, highly Twitch-able approach to gaming.
Amazon’s move into gaming is interesting to me. The cloud-rendered games combined with the purchase of Twitch make me go “hmmmm.” Granted, none of this is new, but it’s interesting to see Amazon make this move.
All-in-all, the Fire Phone is a device designed to appeal to Amazon’s current customers, particularly those who have Prime accounts, own Kindles or Kindle Fires, and buy content and products from Amazon. The problem is that even though Amazon fans may look at the gadget, many already own iPhones or Galaxy devices.
Following Amazon’s purchase of the digital-comics marketplace, Comixology updates its Comics apps to prevent Apple and Google from taking a cut. The move makes it harder to buy comics through the app.
I’m sad for Comixology and comics on this news. People adapt and move on, as I’m sure most loyal customers will in this case. I worry about new customers, though, and what this means for the growth of comics.
One of the worst features about the Kindle app on iOS is that you can’t purchase books within the app. Kindle has the luxury of already having the brand names built for “Kindle” and “Amazon,” and acquisition already happens from web to app for Amazon. The same pattern doesn’t exist for Comixology, which has always been app first. Also, I have no idea how a new user downloading the Comics app on iOS would work out where to buy books from. There is literally no indication where to go.
I wonder if this really a console, or if it’s more like an entertainment system that can play games. As Android as the Kindle Fire, so to speak. I don’t see the great unwashed masses buying gaming consoles, but maybe Amazon knows something I don’t.
Yay! This is a good sign for Postgres. People must be asking for the database.
The show, Amazon’s first attempt at original programming, could create additional momentum for change in the concept of television.
Interesting to see the way content has become a competing grounds for online services now.
Interesting. Amazon does a literary journal. Who knew.
(Thanks @molly_oneill for the link at work.)
[…] he also hosted three all-day book clubs with Amazon’s top executives, capped by nice dinners at the end. Bezos said he used the books as frameworks for sketching out the future of the company.