Books for the Summer Holidays was a post outlining my favourite reads of 2015. We’ve decided to expand the book list this year by getting contributions from everyone in the office. There should be something for everybody on this list. Merry Christmas and enjoy your summer break.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
In the same length as my own fulltime working life—22 years—Jeff Bezos has built juggernaut Amazon from scratch. It’s a place where lightning has struck numerous time—Marketplace, Amazon Prime, Amazon Websites Services, Kindle and, perhaps, Amazon Echo.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are masterful monopolisers of high margin businesses. In contrast, Bezos actively seeks to monopolise low margin business. Through the book, you can almost see his eyes light up as he explores ideas that are prospectively so low margin that nobody else will want them. He then throws resources, blinding insight and frugality at the problem until it’s sorted, prepared to incur years, perhaps many, of losses in those formative years. Fellow Seattleite Bill Gates once said that most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. Bezos isn’t like most people. Continue reading “Forager’s Summer Book List” →