Founders

#17 Jeff Bezos (The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon)

Episode Summary

What I learned from reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone.

Episode Notes

What I learned from reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone.

The Philosopher CEO (0:02), Jeff Bezos in his 20s and the idea for Amazon (9:00), Jeff Bezos’ regret minimization framework (21:00), Customers not competitors (32:10), Bezos on work-life harmony (40:00), There will be no John Sculley at Amazon (43:00), Focus on the customer and frugality (46:30), The founder of Costco gives Jeff Bezos advice (51:30), “If you’re not good, Jeff will chew you up and spit you out. And if you’re good, he will jump on your back and ride you into the ground.” (59:05), Jeff’s counterintuitive point on communication: “Communication is a sign of dysfunction.” (1:02:30), A different approach to meetings/ working backward from the press release (1:08:15), No room for gatekeepers in the digital age (1:13:00), An email from the first CFO of Amazon (1:15:01)

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