I like how he truly seems to be into the internet and chose books as a vehicle.
At any d&d table there’s usually 1-2 people who can bridge fantasy and reality and make them both better. Then there’s people who live in fantasy. And of course there’s mundies/normies/whatever who are in reality and would never spend hundreds of hours in make believe.
really, both are highly ambitious nerds who apply systems thinking to the real world.
Early this winter I had a huge Deus Ex Déjà vu when I was walking in the along the river and someone with a mask was hunched over a barrel coughing (not on fire though, but my imagination filled in that gap). Also during a day when Bitcoin was in the news.
Pandemic circumstances predicted.
It all starts with a pandemic.
I love the comparisons to Sears and Barnes and Noble.
I know Bezos letters to shareholder were thoughtful, but in 1997's edition, the vision laid was less consistent with what we experience today. (https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1018724/000119312513...)
And it is one thing to write a letter with hours of preparation, another to answer a quick video interview with such a clear view. This video is noteworthy !
[Edit : typo]
And what surprised me was that he already talked about "it's hard to track" (while talking about ads). The mindset was literally already there, it's like he knew already what, why and build it, except he didn't have maybe the tools he had today. Crazy.
> This is day one. This is the very beginning. This is the Kitty Hawk stage of electronic commerce.
My experience is degrading year over year, but I’m just me with my preferences.
In the video Bezos talks about word of mouth recommendations because everyone loved his site. I used to recommend it a ton, and I remember telling people about it around this time. I don’t any more.
What bothers people is fake products, reviews, "ops, I didn't get the package in 1 day, amazon is not anymore the same as in the old times", that have increased of course. That's the nature of things.
The guy was smart, was intelligent, knew his way around numbers, saw what many didn't even THINK of seeing. He was/is a very talented man. Altough I don't agree with some of the things that Amazon did/does/etc. but kudos to him.
I have no idea his health regimen, but it does seem like lots of rich people are looking awfully young these days. I can’t afford HGH so I haven’t investigated whether it’s actually that great for anti-aging.