Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology and retail entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, best known as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon, the world's largest online shopping retailer.
Born in Albuquerque and raised in Houston, Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science.
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Our motto at Blue Origin is 'Gradatim Ferociter': 'Step by Step, Ferociously.'
I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
The special ops guys and the firefighters around the world have this great phrase. They say, 'Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast,' and that is true. Everything I've accomplished in my life has been because of that attitude.
Good ideas will always get funded, so that's not going to be a problem.
But you will see that it will be harder and harder for bad ideas to get funded.
If your customer base is aging with you, then eventually you are going to become obsolete or irrelevant. You need to be constantly figuring out who are your new customers and what are you doing to stay forever young.
Your brand is what other people say about you after you leave the room.
I like to be counted on.
I have a strongly held belief that one of the reasons that Amazon has been successful is because we do not obsess over competitors. Instead we obsess over customers.
Advertising is the price you pay for unremakable thinking.
I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you're going to innovate.
Cultures aren’t so much planned as they evolve from that early set of people.
What we need to do is always lean into the future;
when the world changes around you and when it changes against you - what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind - you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn't a strategy.
I'm a big fan of all-you-can-eat plans, because they're simpler for customers.
If you're long-term oriented, customer interests and shareholder interests are aligned.
I've not seen an effective manager or leader who can't spend some fraction of time down in the trenches... If they don't do that they get out of touch with reality, and their whole thought and management process becomes abstract and disconnected.
I love my life. I love being an inventor.
There's so much stuff that has yet to be invented.
There's so much new that's going to happen. People don't have any idea yet how impactful the internet is going to be and that this is still Day 1 in such a big way.
People will visit Mars, they will settle mars, and we should because it's cool.
I think the definition of a book is changing.
It's hard to find things that won't sell online.
But there's so much kludge, so much terrible stuff, we are at the 1908 Hurley washing machine stage with the Internet. That's where we are. We don't get our hair caught in it, but that's the level of primitiveness of where we are. We're in 1908.
A lot of people – and I’m just not one of them – believe that you should live for the now. I think what you do is think about the great expanse of time ahead of you and try to make sure that you’re planning for that in a way that’s going to leave you ultimately satisfied. This is the way it works for me.
If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon.
And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve.
What consumerism really is, at its worst is getting people to buy things that don't actually improve their lives.
You don't want to negotiate the price of simple things you buy every day.
If you build a great product or service, people will talk about it.
But it starts with having something that's worth talking about.
Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.
If you think about the long term then you can really make good life decisions that you won’t regret later.
The people who are right a lot often change their minds.
No matter what your mission is, have some notion in your head.
Forget the model, whether it's government or nonprofit or profit. Ask yourself the more important question: Is my mission improving the world? Are you sure about it? Seek to disconfirm that all the time. And if you can, change your mission.
A company shouldn't get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn't last.
For every leader in the company, not just for me, there are decisions that can be made by analysis. These are the best kinds of decisions!
You cannot make a business case that you should be who you are not
I don't buy stocks, I make stocks.
I think technology advanced faster than anticipated.
In that whirlwind, a lot of companies didn't survive. The reason we have done well is because, even in that whirlwind, we kept heads-down focused on the customers. All the metrics that we can track about customers have improved every year.
Humans are unbelievably data efficient.
You don't have to drive 1 million miles to drive a car, but the way we teach a self-driving car is have it drive a million miles.
Of course humans like to explore, and we should.
There's nothing wrong with that. But it's more than that. It's essential for your children and your children's children.
I don't know about you, but most of my exchanges with cashiers are not that meaningful.
Amazon Pages and Amazon Upgrade leverage Amazon's existing 'Search Inside the Book' technology to give customers unusual flexibility in how they buy and read books, .. In collaboration with our publishing partners, we're working hard to make the world's books instantly accessible anytime and anywhere.
I wouldn't be surprised if history records Tim Berners-Lee as the second Gutenberg.
Am I going to regret leaving Wall Street? No.
Will I regret missing the beginning of the Internet? Yes.
If you look at academic studies, you can see that stock prices are most closely correlated with cash flow. It's such a straightforward number. Cash flow is what will drive shareholder returns.
I went to Princeton specifically to study physics.
If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we'll turn out all right.
In just a few hundred years, we will have to cover the entire surface of the Earth in solar cells if we want to continue to grow our energy usage.
Market leadership can translate directly to higher revenue, higher profitability, greater capital velocity, and correspondingly stronger returns on invested capital.
Though we are optimistic, we must remain vigilant and maintain a sense of urgency.
We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.