Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is an American entrepreneur who played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc., an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and the model for Internet sales. He was born in 1964.
In an effort to boost The Washington Post's web traffic and increase its national presence, Amazon's CEO struck a deal with local papers to give their paying customers free access to some of the Post's subscriber content
When corporate types gather to schmooze at expensive watering holes they talk about competition as an unalloyed public good. It's seen in Darwinian terms – companies engaged in a ceaseless battle for survival, with only the fittest emerging triumphant. But generally the discussion is couched in agreeably vague, general terms. The sordid realities of Darwinian competition – nature red in tooth and claw – are generally eschewed on the golf course and at the poolside.
As ubiquitous as Google and as inextricably part of the internet’s DNA, Amazon.com is a multibillion dollar company built on one man’s fear of regret. Twenty years ago, founder Jeff Bezos, then 30, cast his mind forward and asked himself what regrets he had in his life. He realized, he later recalled, ‘If I’d ignored the emergence of the Internet just as it was happening …I’d be a fool.’