didn't invent online shopping, but he almost single-handedly turned it into a
multi-billion-dollar enterprise. His Amazon.com began as a bookstore
in 1994, and quickly expanded into dozens of product categories, forcing the
world's biggest retailers to rethink their business models, and
ultimately changing the way people shop. But Amazon.com isn't
just an internet success story. It's the standard by which all web businesses
are now judged -- if not by their shareholders, then by their customers. Amazon
set a high bar for reliability and customer service, and also introduced
a wide range of online retail conventions -- from user reviews and one-click
shopping to the tab interface and shopping cart icon -- so commonplace
we no longer think of them as once having been innovations.
When the Internet bubble burst, Amazon.com took a hit with the other e-commerce
pioneers, but the fundamentally sound company hung tough. It now sells
more than $10 billion a year of goods, profitably, and its technology will
influence the changes to business and media that will come next. Amazon
recently released Kindle, a wireless digital reading device, giving the term
"page turning" a completely new definition. Bezos, meanwhile, is one of
the few early Web CEOs who still run the companies they founded. Outside of his
work with Amazon, he recently founded Blue Origin, a space-flight startup.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.