In this March 2, 2016 photo, David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people’s homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Amazon has 5,000 people who are just working on Alexa

5,000

Amazon had about 1,000 people working on the smart home device Echo and the virtual assistant Alexa early last year. The company now has 5,000 people dedicated solely to Alexa.

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In this March 2, 2016 photo, David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people’s homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
5,000

Though it’s only a fraction of the 382,400 people that work for Amazon, the figure shows how focused the company is on developing Echo and Alexa.

In this March 2, 2016 photo, David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people’s homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
5,000

Amazon’s headcount, including full- and part-time employees

In this March 2, 2016 photo, David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people’s homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
5,000

Amazon continues to hire aggressively for Alexa; it’s looking for software developers, machine-learning specialists, and data scientists.

In this March 2, 2016 photo, David Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices, pushes down an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people’s homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
5,000

The division went from having about 400 positions open in Oct. 2016 to about 1,090 in Sept. 2017. Positions are based in Seattle and Ottawa but also Poland and India.

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