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Jeff Bezos: The face of online shopping

Born on this day in 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who knew that Jeffrey Preston Bezos would grow up to become a successful technological entrepreneur who would define online shopping? From a young age, Bezos displayed an aptitude for all things technological and scientific, so it seemed only fitting when he graduated from the prestigious Princeton University with an engineering degree.

Born on this day in 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who knew that Jeffrey Preston Bezos would grow up to become a successful technological entrepreneur who would define online shopping? From a young age, Bezos displayed an aptitude for all things technological and scientific, so it seemed only fitting when he graduated from the prestigious Princeton University with an engineering degree. After a stint on Wall Street and various other jobs, Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994. What started out as a bookstore, soon turned into a multi-million dollar enterprise with Bezos at its helm, and many will agree that it was Jeff Bezos who played a vital role in the growth and expansion of e-commerce. Today Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1999 celebrates his birthday and we all salute him. Here are some interesting facts about the man behind one of the most successful ventures in internet history:

  • Bezos’s biological father was a high-wire unicyclist in the circus.
  • At just three years old, Bezos dismantled his cot using a screwdriver. Apparently he did this because he wanted to sleep on a flat bed.
  • Bezos set up a lab in his garage at home when he was a young child and was always coming up with new science projects, much to his siblings’ dissatisfaction.
  • Many of his childhood summers were spent helping to run things on his grandfather’s cattle farm.
  • Bezos penned his business plan for Amazon during a car ride from New York to Seattle.
  • Amazon (inspired by the Amazon River) was originally called “Cadabra” (as in “Abracadabra”). A mishearing of the word (heard as “cadaver”) prompted Bezos to re-think the name, and Amazon was born.
  • The Amazon.com logo cleverly displays an arrow pointing from A to Z. The idea behind this is that customers can buy everything they need from A-Z from Amazon.
  • Fittingly, the first item sold on Amazon.com was a science textbook entitled: “Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought”.
  • Bezos has owned The Washington Post since buying it for cash in 2012. That same year he was named “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune.
  • Often referred to as the “Change Junkie”, Bezos believes that it’s important for business leaders to evolve with the times. Environments are ever-changing and it’s up to the movers and shakers to adapt accordingly, or get left behind.

Happy birthday Jeff!

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