That in a nutshell is the gist of a new 8-million-word article in Fast Company that starts out blaming Bezos for the failure of the Fire Phone and then says the Fire Phone is just one of several dubious new ventures like delivering groceries and making TV shows that probably make no sense. Also, Amazon's growth is slowing and investors are getting impatient with its inability to turn a profit.
Amazon is pushing hard to satisfy their customer's demand for same-day delivery. And thanks for Uber and Lyft's aggressive price war, on-demand taxi startups just might make it possible. According to a Valleywag source and the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is now testing out delivering packages with Uber and Flywheel.
Amazon has joined the chorus of companies releasing diversity statistics. Their report, released Halloween day, reveals that 63 percent of their workers are male and 40 percent are racial minorities. But Rainbow PUSH says Amazon was "intentionally deceptive," as they padded numbers with warehouse employees.
Things couldn't be better for Zappos: ever since they were acquired by Amazon for $1.2 billion, the online fashion retailer has been growing like crazy. And to help further balloon their workforce by 28 percent this year, the company has rolled out a system forcing applicants to become "friends" with Zappos employees:
Popular culture may have turned its gaze westward, toward the mirage of wunderkind coders, open floor plans studded with perks, and suddenly ubiquitous apps that make their makers insta-millionaires. But the competition to get Silicon Valley right has been flaccid. I was burned by Bravo, bored by Bloomberg, and avoided The Internship like a sticker pack. However Betas, Amazon's original series about social awkward 20-somethings building a social app called "brb," gets some details surprisingly right.