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It’s always Day 1 and other business insights from Bezos

Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation Excellence in Industry Award in Washington, DC on October 22, 2019. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

In the early nineties, very few people had heard of the internet. Jeff Bezos happened to be one of them.

Bezos saw that the internet was growing at around 2300% a year and decided that he wanted to come up with a business idea to ride that wave. He made a list of products to sell online and, soon, settled upon books.

Bezos first named his online bookstore Cadabra, as in abracadabra. And it was only after three months, that he changed it to Amazon, after the earth’s biggest river, and therefore, the earth’s biggest selection. While the company stands…


Our post-pandemic working lives could become a ‘meh’ experience, where neither in-office or at-home truly shine

Staff in a standing meeting at an office, socially distanced and wearing masks. About half of the staff are present compared to the number of desks available.
Staff in a standing meeting at an office, socially distanced and wearing masks. About half of the staff are present compared to the number of desks available.
Photo: Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Here’s some good news: After a 13-month span that went from: “This is another seasonal flu, it’ll be over in two weeks” to “July is the new normal for work re-entry!” to “Okay, October 2020 is the build back better date!” to “Hmm, 2021 seems more realistic…” we’re now, finally, seeing enough progress in the rate of vaccinations and an overall reduction in Covid-19 rates that the concept of a “new work normal” actually seems within reach. …


What it’s like to be a product manager handling engineering chaos

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The head of engineering has called a meeting.

“Listen,” he says, “we’ve got too much tech debt. The codebase is full of unsupported dependencies. We have no test coverage.” He pauses — overly dramatically, you think. “We need to do a rewrite.”

You have a backlog of feature requests and bugs as long as an arm. Two lists, each is as long as an arm, in fact. Every day, more requests come in. Your hands are full of arm-long lists. The engineering team asked for user stories, so you wrote user stories — even ones like: “As a user, given…

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