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Amazon.com: Get Big Fast by Robert Spector
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Amazon.com: Get Big Fast

by Robert Spector

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Complete summary of Robert Spector's book: "Amazon.com. Get Big Fast: Inside the Revolutionary Business Model That Changed the World". The review of the ideas in "Amazon.com Get Big Fast" points to the fact that not many of us would have thought, twenty years ago, that we would be buying books from a computer, let alone reading them from a digital tablet? Interestingly, the idea for Amazon was conceived when Jeff Bezos, a Wall Street neophyte, was assigned the task of coming up with a profitable Internet businesses. The idea of selling books on the Internet was the one which seemed to create the most interesting opportunities. An online bookstore would have a competitive advantage to physical stores - it could store endless titles and respond to its customers' preferences.This summary talks about how Amazon came into being, and how Bezos developed the culture of his company, looking to Microsoft, FedEx and Walt Disney for inspiration. With an obsession for customer service he introduced functions like book recommendations and one-click buying. "In less than four years, Amazon.com went from zero to $2.6 billion in sales.". With those stats in mind it comes as no surprise that Amazon's company motto is to "Work hard, have fun and make history." And make history it certainly has... Added-value of this summary:-Save time-Understand the key concepts-Increase your business knowledge. To learn more, read the summary of "Amazon.com. Get Big Fast" and discover how to succeed in an Internet business.… (more)

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Amazon.com: Get Big Fast tells the scary, loathsome story of an even scarier and more loathsome company, Amazon, that in order to control, manipulate and monopolize everything in the known universe, including all-things-Retail, developed such a foul, exasperating and perverse case of blood lust for mergers and acquisitions, I daresay their insidious behavior would've shocked even the author, William Gaddis, who wrote the greatest satire ever written, JR, on consumerism, capitalism and corporate greed so run amok by a little twerp that everything the twerp touched got fucked up instantly for everybody else. Why'd he do it? Because the twerp could do it, that's why.

That's the American Dream for you: Creating Nightmares for Mom and Pop.

While Amazon.com: Get Big Fast does not yet tell the complete story of how Amazon began ruining it for once great (never mind merely Good or okay) social booksites on the internet, and for independent booksellers everywhere, squeezing the life out of those stubborn, archaic brick-and-mortar store owners one by one, like they were so much pus being ejected out of zits on the twerp's big butt, we can only cross our fingers and hope that future, updated editions of the Amazon puff-piece (I mean biography, har), will.

Amazon.com: Get Big Fast shows in disturbing detail how it used to be a jungle out there, until Amazon paved it over. ( )
16 vote absurdeist | Mar 29, 2013 |
Amazon lost money for a shocking long time before it made any, but it never lost sight of customer satisfaction, is the takeaway here.
1 vote athenasowl | Apr 23, 2011 |
Robert Spector: author and speaker on custom service.
Pros: a quick read if you don't know the history of Amazon.com
Cons: relative dull for a quite fascinating piece of history; lack of analysis; lack of insider information, more like a magazine article based on interviews ( )
1 vote sphinx | Mar 30, 2008 |
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