Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
"When you have fit yourself snugly into Jeff Bezosâ€™s worldview and then evaluated both the successes and failures of Amazon over the past two decades, the future of the company becomes easy to predict. The answer to almost every conceivable question is yes.... He will attempt to move faster, work his employees harder, make bolder bets, and pursue both big inventions and small ones, all to achieve his grand vision for Amazonâ€”that it be not just an everything store, but ultimately an everything company.
Amazon may be the most beguiling company that ever existed, and it is just getting started. It is both missionary and mercenary, and throughout the history of business and other human affairs, that has always been a potent combination....[I]ts future [is] to keep weaving and growing,manifesting the constitutional relentlessness of its founder and his vision. And it will continue to expand until either Jeff Bezos exits the scene or no one is left to stand in his way." - Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (2014AUG12)
Amazon and Walmart have similar goals: to decimate inefficiency and leverage to provide the customer the lowest price anywhere. Whether that's economic salvation or making an economy of low-wage drones, I don't know.