Posts filtered by tags: Brad Stone[x]


 

Jeff Bezos turns 58 today. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.7 trillion company and became one of the world's richest people.

Jeff Bezos inside Amazon's Spheres in 2018.The Washington Post/Getty Images Jeff Bezos began his career as a hedge-funder in New York before leaving to start Amazon. Amazon struggled to turn a profit at first, but these days, it's worth $1.7 trillion. Its share price has hit new highs during the pandemic. Along the way, Bezos has faced antitrust scrutiny, weathered scandals, traveled to space, and become one of the world's richest people. Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teen...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, India, New York City, US, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Iran


Jeff Bezos turns 58 today. Here are 14 things you might not know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images You might not know that Jeff Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." He survived a helicopter crash in Texas in 2003. In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997.Paul Souders/Getty Images According to CNBC, Bezos, then Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, was barely 17 years old and a junior in high school when sh...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Jay Leno, California, Washington, Life, Wall Street, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Earth, Cnn, Features, Billionaires, Beverly Hills, Holland


Weekend reading: Many shall fall that now are in honor*

What caught my eye this week. T oday would be embarrassing if Monevator was an old-fashioned print magazine (as opposed to an old-fashioned ‘weblog’!) I’d be scurrying past the newsstands. Trying to avoid my cover story – already written by Wednesday due to magazine print deadlines – about the bull market disguising how last year’s mega-winners had cratered in 2021. That post looks less topical this Saturday morning. Because in case you hadn’t noticed – in which case, collect your merit badge ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, UK, Marketing, US, Bloomberg, Bank Of England, Bbc, Atlantic, South Africa, Delta, Warren Buffett, Npr, Jeff Bezos


Look at this really big boat that may or may not be Jeff Bezos' new superyacht

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images We may have gotten our first look at Jeff Bezos' new superyacht. The 417-foot vessel was photographed rolling out of a shipyard in the Netherlands. Bezos' yacht will become the world's largest sailing yacht once completed. We may have just gotten our first glimpse at Jeff Bezos' new superyacht. New photos and videos surfaced over the weekend of a 417-foot yacht rolling out of a shipyard in Zwijndrecht, Netherland...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, News, Trends, Daily Mail, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jeff Bezos, David Geffen, Yachts, Bezos, Sánchez, Stone, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Brad Stone, Avery Hartmans, Boat International


Amazon Is Already Spending Game Of Thrones Money To Make The Wheel Of Time

In case you haven't heard the big news — the next "Game of Thrones" is on the way! It's called... "Westworld"? Or maybe "The Witcher"? Perhaps it's "The Expanse"? Or Amazon's "Lord of the Rings"? So many shows have had the title thrown their way, that it's getting pretty hard to keep track. But the latest addition to the club has been getting the comparison since the project was first announced.Amazon's upcoming fantasy epic, "The Wheel of Time" shares much in common with HBO's crown jewel — bot...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Time, Weber, Bezos, Mike Weber, Stone, Amazon Studios, Witcher, Two Rivers, Brad Stone, Rafe Judkins


The Chris Voss Show Podcast – The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power by Max Chafkin

The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power by Max Chafkin A biography of venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial, and hugely influential power broker who sits at the dynamic intersection of tech, business, and politics “Max Chafkin’s The Contrarian is much more than a consistently shocking biography of Peter Thiel, the most important investor in tech and a key supporter of the Donald Trump presidency. It’s also a disturbing histo...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Podcast, Spacex, Washington, Stanford, America, Seo, Paypal, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Gawker, Palantir, Eric Schmidt, Max Chafkin


Jeff Bezos just traveled to the edge of space. Here are 13 things you probably didn't know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos launched 62 miles above Earth aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on Tuesday. You might not know that Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images ...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Jay Leno, Washington, Life, Wall Street, New York City, Trends, Earth, Cnn, Features, Billionaires, Holland, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Fast Company


Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space today. Here are 13 things you probably didn't know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos will launch to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket at 9 a.m. ET. You might not know that Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images Accord...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Jay Leno, Washington, Life, Wall Street, New York City, Trends, Cnn, Features, Getty Images, Billionaires, Holland, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Fast Company


Jeff Bezos is about to take an 11-minute flight to the edge of space. Here's how his childhood obsession with the cosmos led to Blue Origin's unprecedented spaceflight.

REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Jeff Bezos will be aboard Blue Origin's first human spaceflight on July 20. The Amazon and Blue Origin founder has been a space enthusiast since childhood. In 2013, he traveled out to sea for three weeks to retrieve pieces of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. On July 20, Jeff Bezos will be among the first human passengers to fly aboard New Shepard, a spacecraft built by his space exploration company, Blue Origin. While...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Axel Springer, Blue Origin, Star Trek Beyond, Bezos, Miami Herald, Kent Washington, South Texas, Stone


Jeff Bezos is about to step down as Amazon CEO. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.7 trillion company and became the world's richest person.

Jeff Bezos inside Amazon's Spheres in 2018. The Washington Post/Getty Images Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO on July 5, 27 years to the day after he founded the company. Bezos got his start as a New York hedge-funder and grew Amazon into a $1.7 trillion business. Along the way, he faced antitrust scrutiny, weathered scandal, and became the world's richest man. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After 27 years in charge, Jeff Bezos is stepping down as A...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, India, New York City, US, Trends, Tech


Jeff Bezos originally wanted to name Amazon 'Cadabra,' and 14 other little-known facts about the early days of the e-commerce giant

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 1999. Chris Carroll/Corbis/Getty Images Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have come a long way since 1994. For instance, Bezos wanted to call the company "Cadabra," but was talked out of it. Plus, the team rang a bell each time a purchase was made, but abandoned it when sales soared. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. When Amazon was founded on July 5, 1994, as a website that only sold books, founder Jeff Bezos had a vision for the compan...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ebay, France, Kindle, Trends, Tech, Features, Getty Images, Retail, Kansas, Volkswagen, Jeff Bezos, Neal Stephenson, Barnes Noble, Reuters


The date of Jeff Bezos' trip to space isn't a coincidence - it's the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon

Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images; Heritage Space/Heritage Images via Getty Images Jeff Bezos will travel to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket on July 20, 2021. The date has good mojo in space history: It's the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Bezos is obsessed with Apollo 11 - he retrieved pieces of its engine from the ocean in 2013. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos' trip aboard a Blue Origin rocket next month will t...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Science, Trends, Earth, Getty Images, Space Flight, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Apollo 11, Mark, Bezos, Armstrong, South Texas, Stone, New Shepard


Word of the week: Peccy

I thought I knew quite a bit about Amazon. I have, after all, been a customer since September 1997. (My first order: The Cynic’s Dictionary and Idiom Savant: Slang as It Is Slung.) I’ve written about the company and its brands (see here and here, for example). I’ve read two books about the company: Alec MacGillis’s Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America (2021) and Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (2014)*. But I’ve never worked for Amazon, whic...
Tags: Amazon, Atlantic, United States, Linguistics, Richard Simmons, Jeff Bezos, South Carolina, Harper, Bessemer, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Etymology, Brook, Minnie Mouse, Carrington, Mickey, Byers


Jeff Bezos will soon take an 11-minute flight aboard a rocket his space exploration company built. Here's how his childhood obsession with space led to Blue Origin's unprecedented spaceflight.

REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Jeff Bezos will be aboard Blue Origin's first human spaceflight in July. The Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder has been a space enthusiast since childhood. In 2013, he traveled out to sea for three weeks to retrieve pieces of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. On July 20, Jeff Bezos will be among the first human passengers to fly aboard New Shepard, a spacecraft built by his space exploration company, Blue Origin. Whil...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Axel Springer, Blue Origin, Star Trek Beyond, Bezos, Miami Herald, Kent Washington, South Texas, Stone


Amazon Unbound review: how Jeff Bezos engulfed and devoured us all

Brad Stone’s second book on the world’s richest person is another portrait of great power – and the great damage it doesAmazon fired him – now he’s trying to unionize New YorkBrad Stone, a senior editor at Bloomberg News, is now the author of a second book-length portrait of what may be the most successful business of the 21st century. When Stone’s first book, The Everything Store, was published in 2013, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was worth a piddling $27bn. That number has risen to , 70% more t...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Technology, Internet, E-commerce, Culture, Jeff Bezos, Bloomberg News, Brad Stone, Biography books, Amazon Unbound, Nicholas Russell Continue


Jeff Bezos's rules for epic storytelling

From Brad Stone's book, Amazon Unbound, we have Jeff Bezos's rules for epic storytelling. He's seen a few movies in his time! [via ] • A heroic protagonist who experiences growth and change • A compelling antagonist • Wish fulfillment (e.g., — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Jeff Bezos, Brad Stone, Trope Eunuch


Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, family drama, and a possibly even a hack by foreign operatives. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since.

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Contributor Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were publicly outed as a couple in January 2019. Since then they have both finalized their divorces and embarked on a whirlwind romance. Bezos has announced that he'll step down as Amazon CEO in the third quarter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been a turbulent two years for Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.In January 2019, the bombs...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, Hollywood, California, Washington Post, Washington, Life, Relationships, India, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Spain, Features, Fox


Jeff Bezos Is ‘Fascinating’ Because Of ‘Inspiration, Intimidation, Invention’: Author Brad Stone Talks New Book ‘Amazon Unbound’

cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p2").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"5592357","autoplay":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p2","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"[email protected]","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrack...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, Cbs, Only CBS, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Bezos, Stone, CBS Local, Simon Schuster, DJ Sixsmith, Brad Stone, Bezos Jeff Bezos, Around the Nation, CBS Local Amazon


Here are the other names Jeff Bezos pitched for Alexa, including Samantha and Friday - and Amazon

Amazon's Echo device, which has Alexa built in. Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images Jeff Bezos pitched multiple names when the team was trying to come up with Alexa's "wake word." The list included Finch, Friday, Samantha, and Amazon. Amazon ultimately decided on Alexa, which was also Bezos' idea. See more stories on Insider's business page. These days, it's hard to remember a time before Alexa, Amazon's all-knowing voice assistant. But "Alexa" wasn't th...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, US, Trends, Getty Images, Jeff Bezos, Samantha, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Bezos, Google Amazon, Andy Jassy, Amazon Amazon, Jacklyn, Alexa Amazon, Alexandria Egypt


Jeff Bezos used to test Amazon's Echo Show by asking Alexa to play videos mocking Trump

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, left, and former President Donald Trump. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images; Erin Schaff/Getty Images Jeff Bezos used to test the Echo Show by asking Alexa to play videos making fun of Donald Trump. Bezos and Trump have long been at odds, stemming from Bezos' ownership of the Washington Post. Trump also criticized Amazon over matters like the USPS and its attempt to win the JEDI contract. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and fo...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Microsoft, Stephen Colbert, Washington Post, China, Trends, Department Of Defense, Getty Images, US Postal Service, Usps, Pentagon, Carney, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Amazon Echo


Voice Actor Reportedly Responsible For Amazon Alexa Revealed

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon's Alexa has a voice familiar to millions: calm, warm, and measured. But like most synthetic speech, its tones have a human origin. There was someone whose voice had to be recorded, analyzed, and algorithmically reproduced to create Alexa as we know it now. Amazon has never revealed who this "original Alexa" is, but journalist Brad Stone says he tracked her down, and she is Nina Rolle, a voiceover artist based in Boulder, Colorado. The cl...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Volkswagen, Alexa, Hart, Greg, Mott, Bezos, Stone, Boulder Colorado, Rolle, Brad Stone, Amazon Unbound, Nina Rolle, GM Voices


Apple's privacy change is already crushing advertisers

Hi and welcome to the Insider Advertising newsletter, where we go over the big news in advertising and media, including:Apple's privacy change fallout;Air Mail seeks $15 million;Bezos' TV rules.First, if you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images Apple fallout It's been just over a couple weeks since Apple rolled out its new privacy-focused changes, and it's already resulting in user opt-in rates, falling ad...
Tags: Apple, Media, Washington Post, Advertising, Newsletter, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Vanity Fair, Shopify, Ny Post, Bezos, Lucia Moses, Amazon Studios, Newsletters, Graydon Carter, Alex Wong Getty


Amazon trained Alexa in secret by hiring unsuspecting people to ask questions in a room filled with hidden prototypes

Amazon The Amazon Echo was an ambitious project for the company and took years to create. Author Brad Stone broke down how Amazon created Alexa in his new book. The company collected speech data from thousands of workers while keeping the project a secret. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon quietly laid the groundwork to eventually leapfrog Google and Apple in the virtual-assistant race by secretly collecting data on speech patterns from thousands of unsuspecting work...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, News, Boston, Trends, Siri, Jeff Bezos, Justin Timberlake, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Eugene Kim, Stone, Brad Stone, Tech Insider, Dave Limp


Amazon had to scrap the original name of the Echo last-minute after Jeff Bezos called for a 'better' name, which meant the first customers got their devices in unmarked black boxes

An Amazon Echo Dot is picture above in 2018. Mike Stewart/AP The Amazon Echo was renamed around a month before its launch in 2014. The device was originally named the "Amazon Flash," according to a new book by Brad Stone. In "Amazon Unbound," Stone recounts Jeff Bezos saying Amazon could find a better name. See more stories on Insider's business page. It took years before Amazon landed on the Echo name for its voice-controlled smart speakers, and with "no consensus," the device almost ...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Trends, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Stone, Brad Stone, Tech Insider, Annabelle Williams, Amazon Flash, Brad Stone In Amazon Unbound Stone, Echo Stone, Amazon s Fire Phone Amazon


Jeff Bezos once got so frustrated with Alexa's lack of intelligence that he told Alexa to 'shoot yourself' - and Amazon's engineers heard it

Amazon's Alexa is set to answer people's queries, from the weather to CDC guidelines. Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images The test models of Amazon Alexa-powered devices frustrated employees and even Jeff Bezos. Engineers once heard Bezos tell the device to "shoot yourself in the head." Other testers said it was a stupid product and would hardly respond correctly. See more stories on Insider's business page. When Amazon was fir...
Tags: Amazon, News, Cdc, Trends, Amazon Prime, Retail, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Amazon Echo, Sundar Pichai, Alexa, Bezos, Amazon Alexa, Pandemic, Brad Stone


Jeff Bezos had a 12-step guide for making 'iconic' TV shows that Amazon Studios execs had to follow, according to a new book

Bezos. Alex Wong/Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had 12 rules the company's TV shows had to follow, according to the new book "Amazon Unbound." They included "a heroic protagonist who experiences growth and change" and "moral choices." Amazon Studios execs had to send Bezos regular updates on the projects in development. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, used to have a tendency to micromanage the company's foray into tele...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Streaming, Jeff Bezos, Vox, Studios, Bezos, Amazon Studios, Roy Price, Brad Stone, Tech Insider, Travis Clark


Jeff Bezos' keen interest in helicopters reportedly revealed his affair with Lauren Sanchez

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Amazon execs pre-empted Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement, according to a new book. It said Bezos had apparently taken an unusual interest in helicopters in 2018. Details later emerged about the CEO's relationship with helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez. See more stories on Insider's business page. Back in 2019, Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie, were seeking a divorce.Only hours later, the National Enquire...
Tags: Amazon, New York Post, Trends, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Blue Origin, Bezos, Sánchez, Stone, Andy Jassy, MacKenzie, Long Island City, Brad Stone, Big Tech, Tech Insider, GETTY IMAGES Amazon


Jeff Bezos' sudden keen interest in helicopters reportedly revealed his affair with Lauren Sanchez

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Amazon execs pre-empted Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement, according to a new book. It said Bezos had apparently taken an unusual interest in helicopters in 2018. Details later emerged about the CEO's relationship with helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez. See more stories on Insider's business page. Back in 2019, Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie, were seeking a divorce.Only hours later, the National Enquire...
Tags: Amazon, New York Post, Trends, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Blue Origin, Bezos, Sánchez, Stone, Andy Jassy, MacKenzie, Long Island City, Brad Stone, Big Tech, Tech Insider, GETTY IMAGES Amazon


Jeff Bezos is building a gigantic luxury yacht that's expected to be one of the best in the world - and he's adding a 'support yacht' with its own helipad

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images Jeff Bezos is building a 127-meter luxury mega-yacht, according to a new book. He is also adding a second, "support yacht" that has its own helipad. Bezos hasn't owned a ship in the past, but he's displayed a fondness for yacht travel. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos may soon be sailing the high seas in his very own mega-yacht. The Amazon CEO has commissioned a 127-meter custom yach...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, News, Washington Post, Trends, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jeff Bezos, David Geffen, Yachts, Bezos, Sánchez, Stone, Andy Jassy, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Brad Stone


First Look: Leadership Books for May 2021

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May 2021. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases not listed here. Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton Have you ever dreaded Sunday night, got a pit in your stomach on the way to work, or had your heartbeat speed up at the sound of your boss’s voice? If so, you may have had anxiety at work. In this empathetic and ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Alexa, Don, Bezos, Dhawan, Stone, Brad Stone, Jim Harter, Chester Elton