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With 1800 employees, Hsieh is still an entrepreneur

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Today’s guest post is an interesting Inc. Magazine interview with Tony Hsieh about why Zappos sold to Amazon.

What makes it most interesting (to me, anyhow) are the discussions about the culture and differences between the two businesses.

I think there are a few take-home items for anyone who owns a business of any size – as well as some tidbits for those who are under the impression that all corporations are evil.


One reply on “With 1800 employees, Hsieh is still an entrepreneur”

Tony Hsieh and Jeff Bezos are leaders worth paying attention to. And that is rare among the well know business leaders I think. They both focus on customer focus not spreadsheets. They build successful businesses and know that it is critical to build a organization of people (not inter-changable figures on a spreadsheet).

I must admit I wouldn’t have thought Zappos could be so successful. But Tony Hsieh made it work. Paying new employees to quit is not a practice many managers would have dreamed up.

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