5 Things you didn't know about Jeff Bezos

We are now looking into the life of the founder of one of the biggest internet giants in the world: Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos. Former Wall Street executive and Princeton graduate, Jeff Bezos, founded Amazon right out of his very own garage. He is now worth an incredible $72.3 billion and has undoubtedly changed the way we shop forever. He is one of the richest people in the world and has become an entrepreneurial icon for good reason. BizzVisual is dedicated to becoming the world's best resource on the most influential business people and entrepreneurs in the world. Here are 15 things you didn't know about Jeff Bezos. 

The very 1st book sold on Amazon was shipped from Jeff Bezos' garage

In 1195 the rather long-winded Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought became the first book to be bought on Amazon. There were no huge Amazon warehouses back then so it was packaged and distributed by Bezos himself.

He's a really tough boss

Tech startups are assumed to be socially relaxed places but Amazon is apparently nothing of the sort. Bezos likes an adversarial atmosphere, regularly forwards customer complaints onto staff with a probing question mark, and has been quoted as saying "if I hear that idea again I'm gonna have to kill myself".

Bezos banned PowerPoint presentations at Amazon team meetings

Instead of a dry presentation where people sit in silence and listen to someone else's interpretation of a topic, all team meetings start with 30 minutes of reading on the topic instead. Bezos felt that because everyone has their own individual thoughts, reading aloud encourages critical thinking.

He graduated from Princeton with the Highest Honors

Bezos' academic career began in high school. He was the valedictorian of his class and a National Merit Scholar. He went on to Princeton to study for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering alongside electrical engineering and computer science. He graduated with honors and was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the oldest engineering society in the United States.

Jeff Cares about customer feedback A LOT!

An elderly customer complained to Amazon that she had to wait for her young nephew to open her Amazon boxes for her because the boxes were too tough for her to open on her own. In response, Jeff Bezos had a new design rolled out. In order to help staff at all levels understand the buying process, every staff member at Amazon spends two days every two years working in the customer service department – Even Jeff Bezos himself does it.