• These überpreneurs are not just tackling the great challenges of our time, they are succeeding in changing our world for the better. This book offers stories of inspiration for every young person with the gleam of an idea on how to follow their lead.

    Hon Peter Beattie AC

Übercast: Big Business

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos
  • Born: 1964, Albuquerque, USA
  • Education: BS, Princeton University
  • Organisation: Amazon, Blue Origin
  • Website: Blue Origin
  • Follow Jeff Bezos on Twitter: JeffBezos
  • Image credit: Steve Jurvetson

Jeff Bezos started Amazon in 1994 in the garage of his rented Seattle home. Two years later the company was listed on NASDAQ, and by 2011 it was not just the world’s largest on-line retailer, but also a major producer of consumer electronics and the largest provider of cloud computing.

What next? Like almost every child who watched Neil Armstrong step onto the moon, Bezos was fascinated by the exploration of space. But unlike others, he didn’t want to be an astronaut: he wanted to be a space entrepreneur. And he is. In September 2000, he very quietly founded Blue Origin, a private company whose goal is to enable private human access to space at dramatically lower cost and with increased reliability.

"Gradatim Ferocitor: Step-by-Step Ferociously"

Watch Blue Origin test its vertical takeoff, vertical landing rocket

Jeff Bezos on Twitter

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