Former Amazon Employees Bake Bezos Principles Into Their Startups

By Benjamin Romano
The Seattle Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) More than 40 current startup companies in Washington state alone are led by former Amazon employees. Several of these entrepreneurs share some of the principles they learned at their former employer which they have carried over into their own ventures.

The Seattle Times

Shilpi Gupta left Amazon for the restaurant business, taking with her one of the company’s vaunted leadership principles that exhorts employees to “never say ‘that’s not my job.'”

Matt Williams, a repeat startup founder who spent 11 years inside Amazon, applies the principle of customer obsession at his home-improvement company by asking clients for weekly reviews on a five-star scale.

Ian Clarkson, a longtime Amazonian now leading an online-tutoring marketplace, imported a version of the data-focused culture that is second nature inside Amazon to improve insight into the new business.

They are three of the hundreds of thousands of people steeped in the specific Amazon principles and practices that Jeff Bezos laid out to shape what is now a 25-year-old technology and commerce juggernaut. When they leave to start or join other companies, they often adopt and adapt those principles in their new ventures, spreading the Bezos way, with varying degrees of success.

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