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The Everything Store by Brad Stone
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it was amazing

I wanted to read about what makes Amazon tick and Stone mentioned the following:

- Arguments are favored. The loudest ones win. No lets make and be friends, more brutal. My favorite Jeffism, stuff that Jeff Bezos says to his employees who don't give him his exact needs, is "Why are you wasting my life?"
- There is no work/life balance. You are basically there to achieve your best or you don't belong.
- Things are extremely frugal to maximize savings for the customers and also create their particular identity.
- The Art of War is made into a science when dealing with competitors that they want to sell to them cheaply or suppliers they want to get better deals from. "Lure them with bait, strike them with chaos" takes on a new meaning with Amazon.
- The underlying values of Amazon has not changed at Amazon since its founding. It is still focused on customers and making things cheap.
- There are always alternate ways to think about and approach a problem. Even if it means outspending your competitors or making them bleed while they compete with you.
- The customer comes first, company second, everyone else can bite the dust.
- Have small teams which have actionable goals which go and approach a problem. The entire company is nimble. But also lead by a sense of fear.
- Instead of presentations which do not foster critical thinking have a 6 page essay which describes what a product is supposed to do and why it should be implemented so that you can do some critical thinking on it. If it is a new product them also include a faux press release page so you know how the customer will perceive the product. Essentially, start from the customer and work backwards.

Overall a good read on the last 20 years of one of the modern tech behemoths. Also a good way to understand what makes it tick and run.

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Quotes Abhi Liked

Brad Stone
“Bezos refined the formula even further. Every time a new feature or product was proposed, he decreed that the narrative should take the shape of a mock press release. The goal was to get employees to distill a pitch into its purest essence, to start from something the customer might see—the public announcement—and work backward. Bezos didn’t believe anyone could make a good decision about a feature or a product without knowing precisely how it would be communicated to the world—and what the hallowed customer would make of it. Steve”
Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone
“Jobs’s personal interests guided Apple’s strategy. Bezos’s particular passions would have the same defining impact at Amazon. Bezos didn’t just love books—he fully imbibed them, methodically processing each detail.”
Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone
“They have an absolute willingness to torch the landscape around them to emerge the winner.”
Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Reading Progress

December 13, 2013 – Shelved
December 13, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
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March 29, 2016 – Finished Reading

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