It seems fitting that notorious workaholic Jeff Bezos’ last day as CEO of Amazon falls on a federal holiday. Bezos said he chose the day for “sentimental” reasons. Amazon was incorporated exactly 27 years ago today, July 5, 1994.
Bezos and Amazon have changed in countless ways since the early days, as the viral “I sell books”-meme proved in 2017. Light years beyond book selling, Bezos’ tenure included the launch of the Prime subscription service, the Prime Video streaming platform, cloud platform Amazon Web Services, an advertising business, and the voice assistant Alexa and its related Echo devices.