Jeff Bezos drops knowledge on us

We pull the top highlights from Jeff Bezos’ final annual letter as Amazon CEO.


April 16, 2021

“You, yeah you… read my annual letter” (Source: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Since Amazon went public in 1997, Jeff Bezos has penned a much read annual letter to the company’s shareholders.

With plans to hand over reins of the company to AWS head Andy Jassy later this year, Bezos dropped his final annual letter.

After processing the emotions of never reading a Bezos annual letter again, our Jacob Cohen highlighted some key takeaways:

  • On success: “If you want to be successful in business (in life, actually), you have to create more than you consume. Your goal should be to create value for everyone you interact with.”
  • On safety: “Roughly 40% of work-related injuries at Amazon are related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)… We’re developing new automated staffing schedules that use sophisticated algorithms to rotate employees among jobs that use different muscle-tendon groups…”
  • On life: “To all of you: be kind, be original, create more than you consume, and never, never, never let the universe smooth you into your surroundings. It remains Day 1.”

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