Quotes by Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

We will make bold rather than timid investment decisions where we see a sufficient probability of gaining market leadership advantages.

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Jeff Bezos

I have no special talent,” Einstein once said. “I am only passionately curious.” That’s not fully true (he certainly did have special talent), but he was right when he said, “Curiosity is more important than knowledge.

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Jeff Bezos

You know the business plan won’t survive its first encounters with reality,” he says. “But the discipline of writing the plan forces you to think through some of the issues and to get sort of mentally comfortable in the space.

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Jeff Bezos

Math-based decisions command wide agreement, whereas judgment-based decisions are rightly debated and often controversial, at least until put into practice and demonstrated.

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Jeff Bezos

Our judgment is that relentlessly returning efficiency improvements and scale economies to customers in the form of lower prices creates a virtuous cycle that leads over the long term to a much larger dollar amount of free cash flow, and thereby to a much more valuable Amazon.com.

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Jeff Bezos

What counts is being creative and imaginative.

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Curiosity is more important than knowledge.” A second key trait is to love and to connect the arts and sciences.

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Jeff Bezos embodies these traits. He has never outgrown his wonder years. He retains an insatiable, childlike, and joyful curiosity about almost everything.

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Jeff Bezos

So did Einstein, who wrote to another friend, “You and I never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.

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Jeff Bezos

Einstein once said. “I am only passionately curious.” That’s not fully true (he certainly did have special talent), but he was right when he said, “Curiosity is more important than knowledge.

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Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com went live on July 16, 1995. Bezos and his small team rigged up a bell to chime whenever they got a sale, but it very quickly needed to be disabled, as rushes of orders came in.

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Jeff Bezos

Mr. Bezos, can you even spell ‘profit’?” Brokaw asked, highlighting the fact that Amazon was hemorrhaging money as it grew. “Sure,” Bezos replied, “P-R-O-P-H-E-T.

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Jeff Bezos

Many companies describe themselves as customer-focused, but few walk the walk. Most big technology companies are competitor focused.

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Jeff Bezos

To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an experiment.

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Jeff Bezos

I would much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid,” which is a great attitude about life.

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Jeff Bezos

What happens when unlimited demand meets finite resources? The answer is incredibly simple: rationing. That’s the path we would find ourselves on, and that path would lead, for the first time, to your grandchildren and their grandchildren having worse lives than you. That’s a bad path.

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Jeff Bezos

The vision for Echo and Alexa was inspired by the Star Trek computer,

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Jeff Bezos

And we have ideas about how to merge Prime and Whole Foods to make Whole Foods a very differentiated experience.

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I’m talking about poverty, hunger, homelessness, pollution, overfishing in the oceans. The list of immediate problems is very long, and we need to work on those things urgently, in the here and now.

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Jeff Bezos

Humanity has been small. That’s not true anymore. The Earth is no longer big. Humanity is big. Earth seems big to us, but it’s finite.

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Jeff Bezos

Jeff, one day you’ll understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever.

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Jeff Bezos

But it’s really dangerous to demonize the media. It’s dangerous to call the media lowlifes. It’s dangerous to say they’re the enemy of the people.

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Jeff Bezos

I’ll debate something for an hour or a day or a week. And I’ll say, “You know what? I really disagree with this, but you have more ground truth than I do. We’re going to do it your way. And I promise I will never tell you I told you so.

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Jeff Bezos

To be clear, we take these financial outputs seriously, but we believe that focusing our energy on the controllable inputs to our business is the most effective way to maximize financial outputs over time.

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Jeff Bezos

We Are What We Choose” ADDRESS TO THE PRINCETON GRADUATING CLASS OF 2010

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Jeff Bezos

We trade real estate for technology (which gets cheaper and more capable every year).

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Jeff Bezos

And by 2019 Amazon stock would be at $2,000 a share, and the company would have $233 billion in revenues and 647,000 employees worldwide.

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Jeff Bezos

Stress comes from ignoring the things that you shouldn't be ignoring.

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Jeff Bezos

Until July, Amazon.com had been primarily built on two pillars of customer experience: selection and convenience. In July, as I already discussed, we added a third customer experience pillar: relentlessly lowering prices. You should know that our commitment to the first two pillars remains as strong as ever.

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Jeff Bezos

the quality of customer experience a partner delivers is the single most important criteria in our selection process—we simply won’t build a partnership with any company that does not share our passion for serving customers.

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Jeff Bezos

I think it's true that big government institutions should be scrutinized, big non-profit institutions should be scrutinized, big universities should be scrutinized. It just makes sense.

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Jeff Bezos

People have a voracious appetite for a better way, and yesterday's 'wow' quickly becomes today's 'ordinary'.

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Jeff Bezos

Smart people are a dime a dozen and often don’t amount to much. What counts is being creative and imaginative.

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Jeff Bezos

You collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart.

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Jeff Bezos

I have no special talent,” Einstein once said. “I am only passionately curious

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Jeff Bezos

We believe that it’s technology married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.

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Jeff Bezos

What's very dangerous is not to evolve

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Jeff Bezos

As a company grows, everything needs to scale, including the size of your failed experiments. If the size of your failures isn’t growing, you’re not going to be inventing at a size that can actually move the needle.

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Jeff Bezos

It’s not easy to work here (when I interview people I tell them, “You can work long, hard, or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three”), but we are working to build something important, something that matters to our customers, something that

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Jeff Bezos

Purchase the book of Penster in the Amazon and Kindle Store and read, we hope you enjoy the benefits of the knowledge and wisdom of the Penster.

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Jeff Bezos

Why focus on cash flows? Because a share of stock is a share of a company’s future cash flows, and, as a result, cash flows more than any other single variable seem to do the best job of explaining a company’s stock price over the long term.

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AWS is customer obsessed, inventive and experimental, long-term oriented, and cares deeply about operational excellence.

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Jeff Bezos

We humans coevolve with our tools. We change our tools, and then our tools change us.

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You’ve worn me down” is an awful decision-making process. It’s slow and de-energizing. Go for quick escalation instead – it’s better.

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Jeff Bezos

Until July, Amazon.com had been primarily built on two pillars of customer experience: selection and convenience. In July, as I already discussed, we added a third customer experience pillar: relentlessly lowering prices.

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Jeff Bezos

starter pack of essentials for Day 1 defense: customer obsession, a skeptical view of proxies, the eager adoption of external trends, and high-velocity decision making.

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Jeff Bezos

Our success at Amazon is a function of how many experiments we do per year, per month, per week, per day.

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In the end, we are our choices.

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Jeff Bezos

If you never want to be criticized, for goodness' sake, don't do anything new.

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Jeff Bezos

We see our customers as invited guests to a party and we are the hosts.

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Jeff Bezos

im poor lol

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Jeff Bezos

Complaining is not a strategy.You have to work with the world as you find it, not as you would have it be.

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Jeff Bezos

But Bezos had a rule, which was to use his heart and his intuition as well as empirical data in making a big decision. “There has to be risk taking. You have to have instinct. All the good decisions have to be made that way,

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Jeff Bezos

I'd rather interview fifty people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.

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Jeff Bezos

what’s good for customers is good for shareholders.

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Jeff Bezos

Focus on the big decisions. “As a senior executive, what do you really get paid to do?” he asks. “You get paid to make a small number of high-quality decisions. Your job is not to make thousands of decisions every day.

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Jeff Bezos

My grandfather looked at me, and after a bit of silence, he gently and calmly said, “Jeff, one day you’ll understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever.

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Jeff Bezos

Most big technology companies are competitor focused. They see what others are doing, and then work to fast follow. In contrast, 90 to 95 percent of what we build in AWS is driven by what customers tell us they want.

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Jeff Bezos

What’s dangerous is not to evolve.

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Jeff Bezos

The missionary is building the product and building the service because they love the customer, because they love the product, because they love the service. The mercenary is building the product or service so that they can flip the company and make money.

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If you're doing anything interesting in the world, you are going to have critics. You can't stop it. Move forward. It's not worth losing any sleep over.

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Jeff Bezos

People who love all fields of knowledge are the ones who can best spot the patterns that exist across nature.

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Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.

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Position yourself with something that captures your curiosity, something that you're missionary about.

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Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.

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I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.

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Jeff Bezos

If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people… Just by lengthening the time horizon, you can engage in endeavors that you could never otherwise pursue

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Jeff Bezos

Start With the Customer and Work Backward

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Jeff Bezos

As a company, one of our greatest cultural strengths is accepting the fact that if you’re going to invent, you’re going to disrupt.

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Jeff Bezos

One of the things that I hope will distinguish Amazon.com is that we continue to be a company that defies easy analogy. This requires a lot of innovation, and innovation requires a lot of random walk.

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Jeff Bezos

No business can continue to shrink. That can only go on for so long before irrelevancy sets in.

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Jeff Bezos

Cultures aren’t so much planned as they evolve from that early set of people.

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Jeff Bezos

If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.

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Jeff Bezos

When you receive criticism from well-meaning people, it pays to ask, ‘Are they right?’ And if they are, you need to adapt what they’re doing. If they’re not right, if you really have conviction that they’re not right, you need to have that long-term willingness to be misunderstood. It’s a key part of invention.

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Jeff Bezos

It's not an experiment if you know it's going to work.

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Jeff Bezos

The death knell for any enterprise is to glorify the past -- no matter how good it was.

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Jeff Bezos

Maintain a firm grasp of the obvious at all times.

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Jeff Bezos

In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.

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Jeff Bezos

If you never want to be criticized, for goodness' sake don't do anything new.

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Jeff Bezos

Your margin is my opportunity

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Jeff Bezos

Work Hard, have fun, make history

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Jeff Bezos

The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy.

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Jeff Bezos

We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.

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Jeff Bezos

People who are right most of the time are people who change their minds often.

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Jeff Bezos

We can't be in survival mode. We have to be in growth mode.

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Jeff Bezos

Invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don't do anything new.

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Jeff Bezos

A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.

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Jeff Bezos

I wanted a woman who could get me out of a Third World prison. Life's too short to hang out with people who aren't resourceful.

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Jeff Bezos

E-mail has some magical ability to turn off the politeness gene in a human being.

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Jeff Bezos

If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we'll turn out all right.

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Jeff Bezos

If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.

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