Journey of Visionary Leader and Amazon Founder : Jeff Bezos !

Jeff Bezos

 Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American entrepreneur, investor, electrical engineer, computer scientist, and philanthropist. Best known as the founder of E-commerce giant
1) Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a teenage mother, Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and his biological father Ted Jorgensen.

2) The Jorgensens were married less than a year, and when Bezos was 4 years old his mother re-married, to Cuban immigrant Mike Bezos.

3) At age of 5, watches the Apollo 11 moon landing, decides to be an astronaut in future.

4) His parents worry that he is too Bookish or Nerd, so they enrolled him in football.

5) At age 10, Jeff learns that Mike Bezos is not the biological father.

6) Becomes valedictorian in high school.

7) He attends Princeton, studies physics but soon realizes his brain is not wired for physics.

8) In 1986, he graduates in computer science and electrical engineering.

9) He wants to start a company but joins a startup instead.

10) In 1988, wants to start a business again, but gets another job on Wall Street.

11) In 1989, finally co-founds a fax newsletter startup in spare time but fails to raise money.

12) In 1993 marries co-worker Mackenzie. And In 1994, realizes internet grew 2300% a year.
13) Comes up with an idea for 'Everything Store' during brainstorm with the boss. Makes a list of 20 types of things to sell and picks books.

14) Parents advise him against quitting his secured job in Wall Street.

15) Quits his job and moves to Seattle, and in July 1994 calls his company Cadabra Inc.

16) Soon he renames his company to Amazon in October 1994 and works in his own garage with wife and 2 programmers, puts in his own money $10,000.
17) Takes a 3 days book selling class, parents invest $100k at first and later invest $145k more.

18) On July 16th, 1995 he launches Amazon. Doesn't physically stock any books - buys when a customer orders.

19) Packs hundreds of books in his own hand.

20) Raises $1 Million from investors and family.
21) Over the dinner, Barnes and Noble CEO threaten to crush Amazon.

22) Barnes and Noble sue Amazon, Amazon gets publicity right before IPO.

23) In may 15, 1997 takes Amazon public.
The rest is history like AWS cloud computing takes off, launches Kindle e-reader and many other ventures. Today, he is revolutionizing the whole E-commerce industry through his innovative thinking and strategy.

"If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful" - Jeff Bezos
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