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Jeff Bezos Talks About Music Streaming, and His Political Ambitions (billboard.com) 70

In a wide-ranging interview with Billboard, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, Blue Origin, and owner of The Washington Post, talked about music streaming business. He also talked about whether he desires to become the president of the United States. Excerpts from the interview: On music streaming business, being one of the late ones to join the party:Well, here's what I would say: We've been in the music category since 1998. It was the second category we launched after books. Our customers listen to a lot of music and we have a couple of freight trains kind of pulling the business along. One is Prime, and the other is Echo and Alexa.

On the prospect of seeing President Bezos and other political interests: Oh, no. I don't think so. No. I love my life. I love being an inventor. I love Blue Origin, my space company. I love The Washington Post. They are very good, but the Internet transition was difficult for them -- so I've been able to help them on that. But basically... I have a very full life. And I really like it.

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Jeff Bezos Talks About Music Streaming, and His Political Ambitions

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    by Ari Stip ( 4833573 ) on Thursday February 09, 2017 @03:44PM (#53834425)
    Bill Gates Talks About His Linux Distribution Ambitions

    "Oh, no. I don't think so. No. I love my life."

    Great stuff /., great stuff.
  • Jeff Bezos: One way to his abilities is to look at any Amazon web page. Amazon tries to distract you while you are trying to decide if you want to buy a product. There are other products listed in the middle of the page.
    • same reason they put the milk in the back of the supermarket
    • Jeff Bezos: One way to his abilities is to look at any Amazon web page.

      Yes, Jeff cannot afford to be President because he's too busy writing all those Amazon pages on the fly as people look at different products. I don't think Amazon web pages reflect too much on his abilities.

      But notice that the "people who bought this also bought" and "other things you might like" are well below the part of the page where you buy with one click.

      But this raises the question: are you insulting him for distracting you while you shop, or praising him for good marketing in that he distracts yo

      • I find the structure of Amazon web pages very annoying.
        • I find lots of marketing things annoying, because I understand that they're trying to get me to buy more stuff. But I'm a big boy now and I can decide not to buy something even if "other people who bought X also bought Y." But I also understand that they do those things because they work -- people buy stuff because they see suggestions of similar or related products.

          I also understand that marketers don't care what I find annoying because of that latter bit. One of the most annoying TV ads evah was the ki

  • Any competent person with things going on in their life has no particular interest in becoming president. You have to be an ego-maniac or incompetent to want the job.
    • by gfxguy ( 98788 )
      Some people actually feel responsibility towards the country that made them successful, and feel it's a civic duty. Of course, nobody like that has actually won a public office for nearly 200 years. Well... not a federal office, anyway. I'm sure there's a mayor or city councilperson somewhere that actually feels it's their duty to serve the people.
      • Some people actually feel responsibility towards the country that made them successful, and feel it's a civic duty.

        Interestingly, I think President Johnson actually felt that way. But weirdly it didn't stop him from being an egomaniacle, incompetent sot.

        • Interestingly, I think President Johnson actually felt that way. But weirdly it didn't stop him from being an egomaniacle, incompetent sot.

          Are you talking about Lyndon Baines Johnson or Andrew Johnson, neither of whom ascended to the office by being elected to it? I would guess that neither, when it came time to leave the office the first time, thought about running because of "civic duty", but both thought "this is cool being President, I am incumbent and can probably waltz through the campaign..."

          • I was talking about L, but AJ is kind of an interesting case study, too. I don't really understand what was going on in his head.
    • and apparently the new rule is you have to have celebrity status to bubble up above the rabble that currently populate U.S. politics.

      People have short memories, but I remember the dozen idiots that Trump competed against in the primaries. To beat those guys, all he had to do is show up and be himself. If only another rich guy with an ego the size of his offshore bank accounts had entered the race, there might have been a competition. I also remember lots of people with Hollywood names, from Arnold to Cli

      • I know how to beat Trump in 2020: Beyonce. She might not be able to answer a single question about policy

        She doesn't need to......just hire some people to ghost-write policy papers for her, like Trump and Clinton both did.

  • We're on our second one this century, and this one has somehow managed to be even worse than the first in terms of outcomes for our country. There won't be enough crazy people left to vote in another CEO any time soon after we get rid of this one. He can have a reality show if he wants, and maybe even win a Golden Raspberry as well, but he won't be winning the presidency.
  • And their 600 million contract. That's his political career. WaPo is the fake news [theintercept.com] part of it.

  • An interesting interview and it made me reflect back on Bezos's success.
    I think that he has -much like Steve Jobs back then- a good feel of what will be important and successful in a few years, and acts upon it.
    The runaway success of Alexa and Echo is discussed in the interview, and it seems they worked on it since a few years already; and also think of for example Amazon Cloud. I once read that the initial germ of this other success was his insistence to build all of Amazon's functionality using web ser

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