Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps
"Amazon’s leverage as a seller and the platform owner makes for an awkward relationship. Amazon has the power to put its products higher in the search rankings. Resentful suppliers may want to leave the channel as a result but can’t afford to lose the distribution channel and are forced to compete with the store brand."
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Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps
"Moreover, in nearly all of its main categories Amazon’s position as a platform works in a data feedback loop: Amazon owns the richest data set on how consumers consume, how sellers sell, and (among the richest) in how developers develop. This, in turn, allows Amazon to optimize its online shopping experience, its logistics network, and developer environment (and even its voice AI), which all, in turn, make Amazon’s offerings even richer."
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Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps
"The majority of these investments are thematically linked to its AWS ecosystem, which now encompasses voice, AI, development tools, and cloud computing."
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Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps
"AWS is the biggest area Amazon is scaling up with more than 5600 jobs, which translates to about 33% of all the open listings."
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Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps
"Amazon had a large uptick in M&A in Q1’17, buying Harvest.ai, a cybersecurity player; Do.com, a meeting productivity software; while also buying its way into a new geography with Souq.com, a Middle Eastern e-commerce site. This is out-of-character behavior given the company’s generally more conservative M&A history and could mean Amazon is shifting to a more proactive stance to fuel its AI and enterprise ambitions."
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Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps
"Today’s Amazon is far more than just an “everything store,” it’s a leader in consumer-facing AI and enterprise cloud services. And its insatiable appetite for new markets mean competitors must always be on guard against its next moves."
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The Birth of Magic
"No matter what the surprise is, the ideologue will attempt to use the collective emotional response to a surprise towards the same agenda."
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"It is not always important for the people around me to fully accept every element of me, and often going-along-to-get-along is the better thing to do."
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"For years, the conservative movement peddled one set of talking points to the rabble, while its elites consumed a more grounded and reality-based media. The rubes listened to talk radio, read right-wing blogs, watched Fox News. They were fed apocalyptic paranoia about threats to their liberty, racial hysteria about the generalized menace posed by various groups of brown people, and hysterical lies about the criminal misdeeds of various Democratic politicians. The people in charge, meanwhile, read The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard, and they tended to have a better grasp of political reality, as when those sources deceived their readers, it was mostly unintentionally, with comforting fantasies about the efficacy of conservative policies. From the Reagan era through the Bush administration, the system seemed to be performing as designed."
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EX-99.1
"These big trends are not that hard to spot (they get talked and written about a lot), but they can be strangely hard for large organizations to embrace. We’re in the middle of an obvious one right now: machine learning and artificial intelligence."
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EX-99.1
"Good process serves you so you can serve customers. But if you’re not watchful, the process can become the thing. This can happen very easily in large organizations. The process becomes the proxy for the result you want. You stop looking at outcomes and just make sure you’re doing the process right."
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"customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great."
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"successful products are just as much about brand and distribution as they are about the inherent value of the item in question"
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Illustration: Jim Cooke/FMG If you want to understand intra-GOP warfare, the decision-making process of our president, the implosion of the Republican…
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