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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Can’t Beat Washington, So He’s Joining It: The Influence Game

By Bloomberg.com

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  • Isn’t this the pattern of all iconic brands, the we are above it all and are doing it our way and then bam, oh that’s right, some “rules-traditions-systems-etc” do apply, because that’s right I don’t control everything. We saw this with the investment companies post 2008, ran to spend monstrous amounts of money on websites & content, realizing they didn’t to explain who they are and what they do; basically speak to audience way beyond their enterprise clients. This “reeling” in is kinda good and maybe not kinda good and kinda bad too?

  • Alexa, why do I feel like we are living in an episode of “ Black Mirror” ?

  • While most normal humans have 2 hands, Jeff Bezos is a man with 5, each miraculously working in tandem toward a future of Amazon first.

    As talk of the Vampire Squid returns, Amazon must act to counter accusations of monopoly—though as I’ve argued before, Amazon would not be taken down by current anti-trust laws because their services are really just making everything cheaper and more convenient for the consumer. What to do, what to do.

    The company also relies much more heavily on human labor than

    While most normal humans have 2 hands, Jeff Bezos is a man with 5, each miraculously working in tandem toward a future of Amazon first.

    As talk of the Vampire Squid returns, Amazon must act to counter accusations of monopoly—though as I’ve argued before, Amazon would not be taken down by current anti-trust laws because their services are really just making everything cheaper and more convenient for the consumer. What to do, what to do.

    The company also relies much more heavily on human labor than other members of FANG and has been investing heavily in automation. It’s hard to maintain an image of job creator, while trying to eliminate the need for low skilled labor in your business. That’s what lobbying is for!

    We all have this vague feeling of unease about this kind of centralized power. But we keep loving Amazon regardless. Quite the conundrum.

  • I think it’s wise for Bezos to be operating like this, especially in a country where most economic and financial ideas seems bit retrograde. He’ll need influence to fight off antitrust concerns, get anywhere with commercial space plans and push WaPo further along cutting edge. More important, he’s in the game when Amazon, the commerce it enables and the jobs it creates are vital to the US. He has some cards to play.

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