(p. A15) Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person. Amazon is on a tear–sales grew 43% last quarter–and may soon pass Apple as the world’s most valuable company. Amazon has ruptured retail, floated in the cloud, and even made superhero TV shows like “The Tick.” But what makes Mr. Bezos tick?
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. . . , Mr. Bezos is now channeling pioneers, be they Columbus or James T. Kirk, exploring strange new worlds. His strategy is that he doesn’t let business models get in his way while exploring on the edge.
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I’m convinced the real secret to Mr. Bezos’s success is that he hates PowerPoint slides. He insists instead on six-page narratives at meetings. Stories codify exploration. Here’s one: Put Alexa in every doctor’s office to listen and correctly fill in medical records automatically from the transcripts, freeing doctors to actually care for patients! Business model to come (but pretty obvious).
For the full commentary, see:
Andy Kessler. ” INSIDE VIEW; Columbus Discovers the Amazon.” The Wall Street Journal (Monday, May 7, 2018): A15.
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(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date May 6, 2018.)