Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and one of the richest men in the world, left his CEO position a few months ago, maintaining an executive role, but that does not mean that we are going to stop linking the success of the company to his legacy. His name is one of the most eminent and representative of Silicon Valley and the technological giants, and therefore the analyzes around his figure in the key of management and corporate culture will continue to be produced, the companies in which it collaborates to the fortune he handles passing by your leadership lessons.
In fact, the expert Bill Murphy Jr., contributor to the American portal Inc and author of the book Jeff Bezos Regrets Nothing, published a few days ago on the same website an article with curiosities that until now we did not know. These are the six products on which the entrepreneur shared reviews on Amazon’s own platform, between 2000 and 2006, through a profile confirmed by Allison Leader, a company spokesman, according to Murphy. Which were? What did he say? And what can we learn from Jeff Bezos thanks to these reviews?
1. A DVD edition of Life is Beautiful (2000)
Wow. A masterpiece
“This movie is exactly as good as they say. Funny to the point of exhaustion and at the same time a drama, although it is actually very inspiring. Photography and the use of color are also fantastic. The DVD is dubbed in English, but I recommend using the subtitles to enjoy Benigni’s performance and passion. It’s a shame it doesn’t include the deleted scenes. It would have been a lot of fun to see the outtakes of Benigni. An absolutely great movie. “
2. Some Canon binoculars (2000)
In his second review, September 2000, Bezos already shows his technological skills with some Canon binoculars still for sale.
The best binoculars I have ever used
“The problem with high-power binoculars is that we cannot hold them statically, and the pulse makes it difficult for us to observe something without using a tripod. Image stabilization on these solves that problem. It is an expensive product that goes unnoticed, and one of those in which the technology is almost like magic. I only have two drawbacks.
The first is that such an expensive product should have the neck strap attached (not a drama, but it would be fine for the customer). The second, I would like the lens caps were of higher quality and could be attached so that they are not lost. It’s not a big deal either. They are without a doubt the best binoculars I have ever used ”.
© Courtesy of Canon
3. The book Proving Ground, by G. Bruce Knecht (2001)
If you are interested in the books that have helped the gurus of Silicon Valley to become successful men, here is a recommendation from Jeff Bezos, June 2001. The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, by G. Bruce Knecht, tells the real events of a maritime competition that ended with several dead sailors.
Intense and content
“It is a book about people, an interesting mosaic of determined people and competitive faced with a much more challenging and dangerous situation than they expected. Bruce Knecth captures his acts of heroism and frailty, but in a show of astonishing literary restraint, he never judges his characters. To judge them would be to simplify the reality of human behavior in moments of life and death. The way Knecht portrays it makes us wonder how we would react ”.
The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, by G. Bruce Knecht
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4. The book Project Orion, by George Dyson (2002)
More books to learn about feats and leadership. Jeff Bezos could have been a literary critic; as an example, this review from April 2002 on Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceshipby George Dyson.
They wanted to go around the Solar System
“Those who dream of visiting other planets, seeing the rings of Saturn without the help of telescopes, have to read Project Orion. In 1958, some of the smartest people in the world, including the famous physicist Freeman Dyson (the author’s father), planned to visit outer space in Orion, a large ship powered by nuclear energy, and they hoped to do it by 1970. And it wasn’t wild optimism, they had enough technical reasons to believe they could do it.
To compose this book, George Dyson did incredible research work about a project still classified. And perhaps because he is connected to Orion through his father, the author captures the intense emotions of the project and his team. Highly recommended “.
Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship, by George Dyson
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5. The book Touching Bottom, by Cory Doctorow (2003)
A few days ago we were talking about Stowaway, the Netflix movie, and sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow, and today we find that one of the reviews by Jeff Bezos on Amazon (January 2003) is from the book Hitting bottom, by the same author.
A novel of great ideas
Dr. Gillian Taylor: Don’t tell me there is money in the 23rd century
Kirk: That’s right, it doesn’t exist
– Star Trek IV: Mission: Save Earth
“Star trek it is a universe in which money does not existBut they have never explained how to get such rare goods as a spaceship, a Picasso or the Haunted House. In this fun and addictive book, the talented Cory Doctorow explores the economy of reputation. With the help of a sophisticated platform, people accumulate and lose power through a currency called whuffie.
These ideas pose a very varied universe, and the author does not fall for flat characters or crude prose; on the contrary, they are very lively characters set in a magical world (a world such as Disney World, a place where you can feel the passion of the author). In the end, you know the characters so well that you are able to judge the impact this new world has (or does not have) on the fundamentals of human nature. Cory Doctorow deserves many whuffies for this novel. Highly recommended“.
Hitting Bottom, by Cory Doctorow
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6. Tuscan milk with vitamin D (2006)
Maybe the latest of Jeff Bezos’ reviews on Amazon, August 2006, it surprises you: it is a carafe of Tuscan milk with vitamin D. But there is an explanation: according to Bill Murphy Jr., this is a joke in which people had to leave reviews on products at random.
“I like milk so much that I have been drinking it since the day I was born. But I don’t think it was Tuscan.”
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