Amazon links

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.

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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) – 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 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 Director of Business Solutions Matt Williams, who explains Amazon‘s philosophy regarding sellers on its site.
An Interview with’s Matt Williams (Part 2)
In an interview last week with’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 – New York Times 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 |
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”’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 | | Tacoma, WA 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’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 –
Seven years ago, eBay was an online juggernaut and 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? –
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 –
Jeff Bezos’ is winning customers with competitive prices, wide selection, reliability — and Kindle. It’s winning shareholders, too. (Video)

Getting Ready for Second Year

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:

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Alive & Kicking

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:

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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:

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