I just got word that Amazon has acquired Zappos for over $800 Million. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos just released a video sharing the Amazon story and mentions Zappos (above). Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the good news from his perspective too.
Zappos has been setting an example for companies to follow by putting customers first and embracing social media religiously to do so. CEO Tony Hsieh is a big Twitter user and you can follow him at @Zappos. This past year Zappos has also been on a mainstream media tear, sharing its culture and views on happiness along with selling LOTS of shoes and gear along the way.
Over the past year, I have worked with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on a few occasions, co-hosting a CES Kickoff party in Vegas and I even got a suitcase from Zappos at SXSW. Not to mention, seeing him speak at SXSW and Startup2Startup among other industry events.
Showing our phones at CES Kickoff event. Photo by BrianSolis.com
Tony Hsieh and I at CES Kickoff event. Photo by BrianSolis.com
I am a big fan of Zappos and what CEO Tony Hsieh has been cultivating in Las Vegas sun. I am happy to see them going to Amazon as they have been on a collision course, taking on each other head-to-head. Zappos was turning into the new Amazon so it only makes sense for Amazon to take some action.
Congrats to Zappos and Tony Hsieh and to Amazon on getting such a solid company!