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  1. 4 out of 5

    Oksana

    The best is just to read the letters themselves w/o subjective interpretation of author and too much fluff

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    This is a study of Amazon, looking at their action through the lens of the annual letters that Jeff Bezos has released. The author has not worked for Amazon, so it's all public record or speculation, but there are some solid business principles in this book and some cool examples. I took a star off (so it's 4 out of 5) because it only has positive things to say about Amazon. He's clearly a fanboy and a more nuanced approach would have been better. But still a good business read. This is a study of Amazon, looking at their action through the lens of the annual letters that Jeff Bezos has released. The author has not worked for Amazon, so it's all public record or speculation, but there are some solid business principles in this book and some cool examples. I took a star off (so it's 4 out of 5) because it only has positive things to say about Amazon. He's clearly a fanboy and a more nuanced approach would have been better. But still a good business read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denis Vasilev

    В принципе книга содержит все важные вещи, которые Безос обозначил в письмах и интервью. Но лучше почитать и просмотреть их напрямую. Рассуждения автора не привносят ничего ценного, лишнее передаточное звено

  4. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    Last week it was announced that Amazon would be coming to New York City after the company pulled the brakes on a controversial plan to build a new Queens headquarters earlier this year. The new plan might be worse for Amazon in the short term, with billions on the line in opportunity cost, but it’s a PR victory for the company as well as for politicians who have railed against Amazon and its billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos. As for Bezos himself, he understands that sometimes you have to lose money to m Last week it was announced that Amazon would be coming to New York City after the company pulled the brakes on a controversial plan to build a new Queens headquarters earlier this year. The new plan might be worse for Amazon in the short term, with billions on the line in opportunity cost, but it’s a PR victory for the company as well as for politicians who have railed against Amazon and its billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos. As for Bezos himself, he understands that sometimes you have to lose money to make money. Valued at almost $110 billion, Bezos has made his fortune letting billions slide here and there. Does this seem counterproductive? Yes, but it’s one of the principles that has led to his success, outlined in Steve Anderson’s new nonfiction book The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon (Morgan James Publishing). Anderson makes a few things clear up front. First of all, he’s not making any statements of support for Bezos or Amazon. He believes that regardless of what we might personally think about the company, their success is undeniable. The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/12/the-bezo...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luis Felipe

    O conteúdo é bom, mas as melhores partes são as cartas do Bezos em si. As análises do autor são mais do mesmo, sem contar que é bastante repetitivo, o que cansa a leitura.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ties

    Basically an Amazon case study. Worth reading for a business minded person who likes stories from a leading company. It's also a quick review of amazon's rise. At the same time, I don't like the way the author derives 14 principles from bezoss letters and then calls them the Anderson growth principles. What the hell. Why even name them anything. I liked the stories and few insights the author shares but everything that applied to him felt contrived. So, recommended if you're able to look past a se Basically an Amazon case study. Worth reading for a business minded person who likes stories from a leading company. It's also a quick review of amazon's rise. At the same time, I don't like the way the author derives 14 principles from bezoss letters and then calls them the Anderson growth principles. What the hell. Why even name them anything. I liked the stories and few insights the author shares but everything that applied to him felt contrived. So, recommended if you're able to look past a self important author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Qat Wanders

    For businesses large and small A great read for any business owner. The principles can be applied to any size business. And any kind of business. I will definitely be referencing this book time and time again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Skjálfandafljót

    This book deep dives into the principles and thought processes of Amazon.com's founder Jeff Bezos. Steve Anderson expertly dissects shareholder letters between 1997 - 2018, as well as speeches done by Mr Bezos, to map out what drives this company. It provides answers to : How does a company as large as Amazon still operate as though they are still a startup? Though not foolproof, concepts such as the Day 1 concept, high standards, successful failures, flywheels are applicable to all aspects of l This book deep dives into the principles and thought processes of Amazon.com's founder Jeff Bezos. Steve Anderson expertly dissects shareholder letters between 1997 - 2018, as well as speeches done by Mr Bezos, to map out what drives this company. It provides answers to : How does a company as large as Amazon still operate as though they are still a startup? Though not foolproof, concepts such as the Day 1 concept, high standards, successful failures, flywheels are applicable to all aspects of life! Whether you are running a business or just a salaried employee, the Bezos Letters sets out a thought-provoking framework, which has over the past 2 decades supercharged a startup into one of the largest companies in the world. In the same way, these principles can supercharge your business or life too! It's always Day 1.

  9. 5 out of 5

    parastimo

    This was an inspirational and insightful read. Having some knowledge about Amazon and its founder, I have to admit that it wasn't much. After reading the book I have much more appreciation towards Jeff Bezos and I am eager to apply some of the ideas presented in this book in my own endeavours, as well. Even if some of the ideas are close to common sense, it might be only because Jeff and others have been so open about them during all this time. This was an inspirational and insightful read. Having some knowledge about Amazon and its founder, I have to admit that it wasn't much. After reading the book I have much more appreciation towards Jeff Bezos and I am eager to apply some of the ideas presented in this book in my own endeavours, as well. Even if some of the ideas are close to common sense, it might be only because Jeff and others have been so open about them during all this time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kent Sanders

    The Bezos Letters is exceptionally well-research, well-written, and engaging. The authors take Bezos' annual shareholder letters and distill how you can use 14 distinct principles to grow your business, whether it's a traditional business, startup, or non-profit. It takes a lot of skill to blend data and storytelling in such a compelling way. Well done, Steve and Karen! The Bezos Letters is exceptionally well-research, well-written, and engaging. The authors take Bezos' annual shareholder letters and distill how you can use 14 distinct principles to grow your business, whether it's a traditional business, startup, or non-profit. It takes a lot of skill to blend data and storytelling in such a compelling way. Well done, Steve and Karen!

  11. 5 out of 5

    William Nelson

    Very cool read - picked it up as a recommendation to “get to know Bezos better” and it definitely changed my opinion on the man and the company. A great story about an entrepreneur and an innovator who created a business for “his grandkids” as all this decisions are said to be long-term over short-term

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen Briscoe

    Achieve a higher level of success in business and life by following these 14 principles gleaned from Bezos letters. The 4 growth cycles are: test; build; accelerate; scale. Apply them and transform the way you think about and do business. Karen Briscoe, author and podcast host 5 Minute Success

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frank J. Kmiec

    A good distillation of principles gleaned from the letters Bezos wrote to his board and share owners. It’s fascinating to see how Amazon’s chosen investments and experiments are always adding momentum to its growth and often creating massive opportunities for others in the process.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Keith R.

    Fantastic read. So applicable to ever person!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Davis

    This book outlines the principles that Jeff Bezos has used in building Amazon into the juggernaut it is today. Sound information that can be used to improve most businesses.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sung Shin

    It’s good, but it doesn’t teach anything about the real secrets of Amazon’s busines, including the famous “one-click”. Probably a good business Manual, but just that

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael C Brown

    Short and a bit surface level but a great introduction to the culture and leadership of amazon. Makes me want to read more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise Johnson

    Excellent book! I've gone back and made notes to utilize in my business Excellent book! I've gone back and made notes to utilize in my business

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Michael

    This is an excellent business book to everyone who aspires to own businesses in this day and age. It’s good to learn about businesses by reading this book. It’s like vicariously having personal training from Jeff Bezos himself with Steve Anderson as your translator. Thank you Pansing Distribution Pte Ltd for paperback read in exchange for my review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    M. Saxton

    Great insights about building a high growth business At first when I heard about this book, I thought - “really, you can divine business strategy recommendations from shareholders’ letters?” It was kind of a strange thought for me because I did a college paper where I analyzed the themes in IBM’s 100 years of shareholders’ letters. But, they were written by a whole lot of different people, rather than a single CEO. One of my favorite ideas is the last principle - Make every day, Day 1. Noticing t Great insights about building a high growth business At first when I heard about this book, I thought - “really, you can divine business strategy recommendations from shareholders’ letters?” It was kind of a strange thought for me because I did a college paper where I analyzed the themes in IBM’s 100 years of shareholders’ letters. But, they were written by a whole lot of different people, rather than a single CEO. One of my favorite ideas is the last principle - Make every day, Day 1. Noticing that Amazon refers back to their first letter is a keen insight about closing the loop. There are 3 aspects that make this book a mandatory read for business people. #1 - The 14 principles have lots of support from academic research. The author has done an excellent job of organizing these, giving examples, and even identifying weaknesses in how Amazon is moving forward/has been unsuccessful over time. #2 - The end of chapter questions make it easy to apply the 14 principles to any business. #3 - It is so easy to read. Complex ideas are made simple. It flows well. The stories had flavor. And, you realize there are secrets embedded (like the 6-page memo narrative). So much of business success comes from balancing risk and uncertainty. This book really highlights and explains the risk side of business decision making. It would be nice to see some discussion of uncertainty, risk’s twin.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Interesting dissection of Bezos’ shareholder letters resulting in 14 principles that built Amazon. The authors also include some lesser known (or at least less remembered and discussed) stories of Amazon failures with analysis and opinion on why they were solid strategic experiments that led to future successes. Well researched, well written, and each principle ends with 1-3 questions that business owners and manager can easily apply to the own business. The sections on understanding your flywhe Interesting dissection of Bezos’ shareholder letters resulting in 14 principles that built Amazon. The authors also include some lesser known (or at least less remembered and discussed) stories of Amazon failures with analysis and opinion on why they were solid strategic experiments that led to future successes. Well researched, well written, and each principle ends with 1-3 questions that business owners and manager can easily apply to the own business. The sections on understanding your flywheel, and the differences in decision types was especially applicable for me. Favorite quotes: .”...when the anecdotes and the data disagree, the anecdotes are usually right. There’s something wrong with the way you’re measuring it.” “... here’s a starter pack of essentials for day 1 defense: customer obsession, a skeptical view of proxies, the eager adoption of external trends, and high velocity decision making.“ (Proxies = procedure manuals and set processes.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    joshua rodriguez

  23. 4 out of 5

    Iliyana

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexandre Miszura

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vasyl Pasternak

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  28. 5 out of 5

    JeeHee Kim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caio Ferreira

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrey

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