Jeff Bezos

A tribute to Jeff Bezos: Founder and CEO of Amazon

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Jeff Bezos, Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the board of Amazon.com is an American technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and a top model for Internet sales.

Born on January 12, 1964 (age 49) in Albuquerque, NM, Jeff has a net worth of about $28.9 million today and was named the Person of the Year by Time magazine in 1999.

He tops the Forbes 400 list today at #12, #19 in Billionaires and #27 in the Forbes World’s Most Powerful people list.

In April, 2012, FORBES put Jeff Bezos on the cover as America’s top CEO and only 7 months later saluted the Amazon.com founder and chief executive, with a cover appearance as business person of the year.

Jeff is an avid Investor. His Startup investment portfolio is diverse from Technology to Medicine and Creativity to Media. Jeff Bezos was one of the early investors in Google with an investment of about $250K in 1998. Some of his exciting Startup investments include:

Linden Lab, the maker of the Second Life virtual world

Pelago, makers of Consumer web and mobile utility

ChaCha, Get human-powered answers to any question

ZocDoc, Find a Doctor and book appointments online instantly

Qliance,  Medical Management system

Airbnb, the online accommodations-rental website

Mashape, an API marketplace

Workdayhuman-resources-in-the-cloud company

Uber, the app that connects people with transportation

Behance, online portfolios by creative professionals

Everfi, the Finance Literary platform

Domo, a business platform for executive management

Makerbot, the maker of desktop 3-D printers

Doxo, paperless billing

Glassybaby, which blows handmade glass cups to hold votive candles

Sapphire Energy, which aims to replace petroleum with a renewable “green crude” fuel made out of algae

Nextdoor, that connects people with their neighborhoods

In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post newspaper for $250M.

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His advice to Startups: “If you want to be inventive, You have to be willing to fail”.

The 20 Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said

Keep an eye on Bezos Expeditions to see all the exciting things Jeff is doing. One of them is the  10,000 Year Clock

Some cool facts and advice worth checking out:

Inside Amazon’s Idea Machine: How Bezos Decodes Customers

Jeff Bezos’s Top 10 Leadership Lessons

Jeff Bezos

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Sources: Wikipedia, Angel.co, Crunchbase, Google, The Motley fool, Mashable, Forbes, Bezos Expeditions, 10,000yearclock

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Author: Shilpi Agarwal Shilpi is a Social Business Strategist and Founder of Social Strategi. Social Strategi helps Clients understand, segment and target social audience into actionable insight and leverage it for social publishing, advertising, community building, engagement, advocacy and PR. Join her on Twitter @shilpiagarwal01 and continue the conversation.