60 Minutes promises to reveal a ‘big surprise’ from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Follow-up: Amazon’s big surprise: Flying drones will deliver packages to customer doorsteps Now this is a teaser. 60 Minutes is profiling Amazon on Sunday’s show, with a behind-the-scenes look at the online retailer, pegged to the start of the holiday shopping season and next week’s now-traditional “Cyber Monday” shopping day. But the online preview of… Read More


Author of Amazon book responds to review by Bezos’ wife — and Amazon disputes his response

Brad Stone, the journalist whose detailed account of Amazon’s rise received a withering, one-star review from Jeff Bezos’ wife MacKenzie Bezos yesterday, has responded by promising to correct any factual errors but also defending his reporting and the accuracy of the major revelations in his book. And now a top Amazon communications exec is disputing Stone’s… Read More


Amazon debuts weekly literary journal and it has Jeff Bezos’ influence written all over it

Amazon is making another move into the publishing space today with the announcement of its own weekly literary journal that will feature one short fiction piece and one poem per week. Called “Day One,” it sure seems like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a little something to do with this new product. First of all, “Day One,” is… Read More


New ‘Amazon Smile’ site will donate slice of sales to customer’s favorite cause

Whenever Amazon is criticized about its dearth of charitable giving, the company responds by saying that it will make its biggest impact on the world through its business activities — lowering prices, innovating online, getting people to read more books, etc. But this morning Amazon put a new spin on that approach, launching a new initiative… Read More

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Amazon: Wall Street braces for 2nd straight quarterly loss

“Bezos has chosen to run Amazon to be the biggest, most powerful and successful retailer on Earth 20 years from now. Any fool could run it profitably today.” That’s the quote of the week about Amazon, from London-based analyst Benedict Evans in a great New York Times piece about the company this week. The sentiment… Read More


Apple vs. Microsoft, Google and Amazon: Why the future of ‘computing’ is a free-for-all

Talking about Apple’s new Mac lineup yesterday, CEO Tim Cook had this to say about the unnamed “competition.” “They’re confused,” Cook said, showing the slide above to represent Apple’s view of the competition’s direction. “They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they will… Read More

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is in great shape, may be in ‘astronaut training,’ says author founder Jeff Bezos is looking so fit these days that he may be prepping to go to space. That was one of the observations from veteran journalist Brad Stone, author of the “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.” Stone spoke Tuesday night at Seattle’s Town Hall, covering everything from’s hard-charging… Read More

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Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture now employs 300 people, gearing up for commercial operations

Blue Origin, the Seattle-based space venture backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has been quietly working for the past 13 years on development and testing of its New Shepard rocket. On Friday, Bezos said that the company is now up to 300 employees and is inching closer to commercial operation. The 49-year-old Amazon founder was speaking… Read More

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Jeff Bezos’ biological dad didn’t know his son was Jeff Bezos, until journalist informed him last year

Ted Jorgensen is a 69-year-old former circus performer and unicyclist who runs a small bike shop in Glendale, Ariz. He has an epic laugh, and his shop is lauded in online reviews for its exceedingly good prices. Yes, he is the biological father of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. But Jorgensen, who divorced from his first wife, Jacklyn, when… Read More

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The top 50 disruptors: Jeff Bezos leads Vanity Fair’s ‘New Establishment’ list

At the GeekWire Summit last month, venture capitalist Bill Gurley and Zillow chairman Rich Barton pointed out their belief that founder Jeff Bezos is the most respected person in Silicon Valley. “He’s become iconic,” Gurley said. “He’s clearly the most respected CEO [by] Silicon Valley, without question.” Adde Barton: “He’s shown an ability not just… Read More


Which Jeff Bezos just bought The Washington Post?

William Randolph Hearst. Joseph Pulitzer. John S. Knight. Katharine Graham. And now … Jeff Bezos. founder Jeff Bezos has emerged as the latest newspaper publisher with a $250 million purchase of The Washington Post, a deal which closed Tuesday when the Graham family signed over the assets of the paper to a private investment… Read More