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October 3: Jeff Bezos
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Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1995 in Seattle. He started with an idea of selling books on the Internet, before most people were even connected. Today, Amazon.com is synonymous with online retailing or E-tailing. But with more than 20 million customers, and as much as $3 billion in revenues, the company is still not making a profit.
Listen to Susan Stamberg's interview with Jeff Bezos.
From the Archives:
Amazon Anniversary -- July 20, 2000 All Things Considered
Amazon.com just turned five years old and the company may
have reached a pivotal moment. As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, the
Internet pioneer has
experienced phenomenal growth, gaining some 20 million customers. But
it has piled up lots of
debt, is struggling to control its massive inventory, and still hasn't
earned a dime. Some
analysts say Amazon could run out of cash as early as next year. Amazon
and insist the company is on the path to profitability. (7:30)
Bezos Profile -- October 16, 1999 Weekly Edition
NPR's Wendy Kaufman profiles the founder and
Chief Executive of Amazon.com, 35-year-old
multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos. He started the
company four years ago in Seattle, and the success that
Amazon.com has enjoyed surpasses his wildest
expectations. It's now the largest Internet retailer in the world.
Although its stock has earned a lot of money for Bezos and
other investors, the company has never turned a profit. (6:57)
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