January 11th, 2010
Not really HBS related, but I found myself sending this list of links again and again for the past few weeks, so decided to put it here instead.
Other than that, all is well. Cheers from sunny (!) Seattle.
- Web Worker Daily » Archive Amazon Quietly Launches Software Downloads «
- Amazon Web Services Blog: AWS For Facebook Applications
- Amazon Web Services, Products, Tools, and Developer Information…
- Amazon Strengthens Its Digital Hand With $300 Million Purchase of Audible
- Amazon is betting big on digital media. This morning it announced the $300 million acquisition of Audible (a 7 percent premium to Audible’s …
- The Associated Press: Amazon‘s Hot New Item: Its Data Center
- Amazon profit up, but margins squeezed | Reuters
- LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> on Wednesday issued quarterly earnings and full-year sales forecasts ahead of Wall Street targets, but profit margins declined in what one analyst
- Jeff Bezos’ Risky Bet – BusinessWeek
- Amazon‘s CEO wants to run your business with the technology behind his Web site. But Wall street wants him to mind the store
- Amazon: We Want Sellers. An Interview with Matt Williams
- Amazon.com is creating soup-to-nuts solutions for sellers of all sizes, from individuals selling one-off items, to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. But is Amazon looking for sellers of more eclectic inventory, such as antiques and collectibles? AuctionBytes sat down with Amazon.com Director of Business Solutions Matt Williams, who explains Amazon‘s philosophy regarding sellers on its site.
- An Interview with Amazon.com’s Matt Williams (Part 2)
- In an interview last week with Amazon.com’s Director of Business Solutions Matt Williams, he talked about options for third-party sellers on Amazon. Part 1 of the interview, which discussed the Selling on Amazon program, was published in the February 17th issue of the AuctionBytes-Update newsletter. Part 2 of the interview follows and covers Webstore by Amazon, a solution that lets sellers create their own branded ecommerce sites, and Amazon‘s latest offering, Product Ads.
- Howstuffworks “Amazon E-commerce”
- Amazon started out as a bookseller and now serves as a sales platform. Find out about Amazon‘s expansion and the sales integration that makes it so profitable.
- Sold on eBay, Shipped by Amazon.com – New York Times
- Amazon.com is expanding a program to allow independent sellers — even vendors who sell through eBay — to use its shipping services.
- Ten things Amazon can do better online | Internet Marketing News and Blog | E-consultancy.com
- Amazon is one of the great e-commerce success stories and we often use the site as an example of best practice. But what can it improve The site s usability isn t perfect but users have become famili…
- Howstuffworks “How Amazon Works”
- Amazon.com’s story is an e-commerce dream. Find out what makes Amazon different and how its technology infrastructure supports its sales approach.
- Amazon isn’t `leading indicator’ of economy, chief Bezos says | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA
- TheNewsTribune.com is the South Puget Sound’s premier news and information source with local, national and regional news, the best sports section in the Pacific Northwest and a daily updated classified ad section.
- Bezos On Innovation
- Amazon.com’s founder discusses his approach to innovation—both how to do it and how to stay focused when critics question high-risk projects.
- Amid the Gloom, an E-Commerce War – NYTimes.com
- Seven years ago, eBay was an online juggernaut and Amazon.com its weaker rival. How times have changed.
- Jeff Bezos on Amazon Kindle and Digital Media – US News and World Report
- Amazon founder describes forays into electronic books, music, and video.
- Is Amazon Ready For The Enterprise? – NYTimes.com
- With a flurry of announcements in recent weeks, Amazon has extended its cloud computing lead. The beta label s gone. It can run
- Chief Of The Year: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels — IT Management — InformationWeek
- Amazon‘s external-facing CTO is helping to devise a cloud computing architecture with customer requirements built-in.
- Q&A: Amazon‘s Andrew Jassy on web services and buffalo wings – TechFlash: Seattle’s Technology News Source
- Seattle’s Technology News Source
- How Amazon Aims to Keep You Clicking – BusinessWeek
- Maintaining good customer “experience” is key, even when it’s an outside merchant making the sale.
- The World’s Best Retailer – Barrons.com
- Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com is winning customers with competitive prices, wide selection, reliability — and Kindle. It’s winning shareholders, too. (Video)
May 10th, 2009
Last Tuesday I uploaded my last exam (yes, we’re very high tech at HBS) and thus concluded my two years of HBS MBA. My exams still need to be checked and graduation is still a month from now, but for all intents and purposes I’m done.
February 25th, 2009
January 28th, 2009
First semester ended and we had our winter break. I went to NYC for a week:
Then I came home to Israel for the rest of the break. Spent some quality time in Eilat with my family, some time with friends in Tel Aviv (though as always, I left feeling I didn’t do that enough) and also tagged along with the HBS Israel Immersion.
The immersion was awesome – a group of ~40 HBS students, led by Prof. Dan Isenberg, came to Israel for a week titled “The Israeli Entrepreneurship Miracle and High Tech Industry” (or something like that). They visited Israeli start ups, met successful entrepreneurs, VCs, multinationals like Google and Microsoft and of course did the required touristy things – Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea. You can read about the immersion in this beautiful Harbus article.
The immersion took place at the same time of the mess in Gaza strip. I’m so happy the school decided not to cancel it, and only 5 (out of 49) students canceled their participation. Since the immersion took place around Tel Aviv, participants had a safe experience and I’m so glad they got to see the Real Israel firsthand.
Some photos from Eilat are here.
December 8th, 2008
September 6th, 2008
Good things about going back to school:
- Seeing everyone again and hearing about their summer.
- Choosing my courses! My courses so far look really good – will write a separate post about it a bit later. But so far even studying from 8:30 to 13:00 with almost no break isn’t that bad because I have some really good professors.
- Being in my apartment again. Seattle was awesome, but my Boston apartment just rocks. Not to mention two of my best friends here just moved to my building on campus.
Bad things about going back to school:
August 18th, 2008
Yes, I know, I disappeared for a while. By now my internship is almost over (this week is my last one) – I still need to do my final presentation to the SVP but that’s about it. The summer has been great – I became friends with some of the other interns (even though they weren’t all from HBS :)) and we went on trips exploring Seattle and the area, as well as Seattle’s restaurants and bars (with a strong preference to sushi). Work was good, too.
What they say about Seattle is true – in the summer, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived in. The weather is a perfect sunny 25 degrees almost every day, and within less than 100km from downtown there are lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains (and good sushi restaurants). Too bad it’s like that only for the summer… You can skip to the end of the post to see some pictures.
We start second year at HBS after labor day weekend (first week of September). I’m excited about the second year, it’s supposed to be much better – at least easier – than the first one. Here are some of the differences between them:
July 1st, 2008
My photo gallery is alive again. It suddenly stopped working, and after seeking help in the support forums and regressing to my programming and debugging days, I managed to bring it back to life.
So with that, here’s what I’ve been doing in the last week:
June 17th, 2008
For some reason every state, city and public bathroom in the US has a nickname. So the “Emerald City” is, apparently, Seattle – the nickname is a result of a contest (!) held in the 80s and refers to the “lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area” (thanks to Wikipedia for that incredibly useful information).
At any rate, this is where I’m going to be for the summer. Landed two days ago (still ridiculously jetlagged) and going to be here till the end of August for my summer internship in a large technology company that sells stuff online.
The same technology company was also nice enough to set me (and the other interns) up in a great apartment complex right in downtown Seattle: Harbor Steps. I think the location couldn’t have been better – 2 minutes walk from Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum across the street, 5 minutes walk from the shopping district and tons of restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and whatnot literally downstairs. Not to mention the waterfront being 2 minutes away (that’s why it’s called Harbor Steps…). I can almost say it’s better than where I used to live in Tel Aviv…
The apartment I have is a fully-furnished one bedroom, which means that when I got here on Saturday this is what welcomed me: