Amazon is an impressive if rather creepy company, with its style set by its cold, "data-driven'' founder/CEO, Jeff Bezos. An Aug. 15 New York Times piece, "Inside Amazon,'' laid out the travails of the monopolistic and Darwinian enterprise's white-collar workforce. Show More Summary
I’ve always felt weird about my interview with Jeff Bezos. Amazon’s PR people set it up as a follow-on to a keynote he gave, in 2006, about the suite of web services then coming online: cloud-based storage, computing, and human labor (i.e. Mechanical Turk). This was for InfoWorld, back when it was a magazine printed […]
The Washington Post If Washington Post employees feel the urge to gripe after moving into their new digs at One Franklin Square in December, they’ll be able to pin their woes on a single culprit: Jeff Bezos. That’s because the Amazon...Show More Summary
Jeff Bezos bought a legacy media giant in need of a new home. In this fast-changing city, he had many options: Lease vs. build, D.C. vs. suburbs, power center vs. hipster enclave.
9/1/15 To: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Mr. Bezos: I’m an energy expert, a longtime Amazon customer, and an ardent company supporter. As such I’ve read with great interest some breathless press releases about your recent procurement into the NC Desert Wind project. Due to your careful management Amazon is now a large, successful company,…
The recent New York Times' story on employment at Amazon evoked a slew of visceral reactions, even one from Jeff Bezos himself. It turns out that everyone holds strong opinions about work. In hindsight, though, the Times' story and subsequent brouhaha was more about what we do at work--not why we do it. Show More Summary
One of the more bizarre patent suits in the commercial spaceflight world is finally over: A team of federal judges has thrown out Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's attempt to patent a reusable rocket concept that was already being used by Elon Musk's SpaceX. Show More Summary
Live from Yellowstone Lake Lodge: The _Washington Post_ has already lasted longer than I thought it would a decade ago--kept afloat by Jeff Bezos's willingness to commit money to it without doing a proper housecleaning. It is a great...Show More Summary
In this article published on Forbes.com, I examine Jeff Bezos' response to the New York Times' expose on Amazon's brutal work environment. Read the full article here. Specialty Employee Misconduct Labor & Employment
Why I sympathize with Amazon's CEO
The internet is full of stories about Amazon’s work environment. You have, of course,The New York Times claiming it’s the worst place ever. Then you have Jeff Bezos coming out and saying, “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.” Employees (and former employees) have come […]
Two weeks after the New York Times’ expose on brutal working conditions at Amazon, the story of Julia Cheiffetz is going viral. Julia is a former Amazon employee who had a baby and cancer during a two-year stint at Amazon. As one might imagine, she paints a dystopian picture similar [...]
While questions have recently arisen about certain cultural aspects of Amazon, you can’t question the company’s innovation or ambition. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has highlighted the importance of evolution, and similarly your digital analytics efforts must evolve to ensure continued success.
It was generally better to send an incomplete response rather than take weeks and weeks trying to make a perfect one.
Both low-paid and elite workers at Amazon and other companies are being pushed to their limits. Without unions to protect them from the brutality of corporate demands, workers are at the mercy of Jeff Bezos and his ilk.
I'm going to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos an email...just because I can. Bezos, no doubt, is reading plenty of emails right now after being lambasted in a New York Times article fueled by horror stories from current and former employees depicting a work environment that makes the New York Jets locker room sound like Disney World. Show More Summary
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Jeff Bezos should measure employee empathy.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire Amazon.com CEO and founder of private space company Blue Origin, will visit Cape Canaveral next month to make a "significant announcement regarding the commercial launch industry," according to a media invitation.
There is a famous Zen story of a man walking along a trail who sees a horse and rider racing at full pelt toward him. As they shoot past, the man calls out, “Where are you going in such a hurry?” The rider turns in his saddle and shouts...Show More Summary