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What is Amazon? | Zack's notes
As Claude Harris put it, “I always told the buyers: ‘You’re not negotiating for Walmart, you’re negotiating for your customer. And your customer deserves the best price you can get. Don’t ever feel sorry for a vendor. He knows what he can sell for, and we want his bottom price.’”

Sam Walton was the ‘intelligent designer’ behind the Walmart algorithm: that is, a) “a wide assortment of good quality merchandise”, b) offered “at the lowest possible prices,” c) backed by “guaranteed satisfaction” and “friendly, knowledgeable service,” d) available during “convenient hours” with “free parking” and “a pleasant shopping experience,” e) all within the largest, most convenient possible store size and location permitted by local economics.

And so, as told by former Amazon engineer Steve Yegge, Jeff Bezos issued an edict: 1) All teams will henceforth expose their data and functionality through interfaces, 2) teams must communicate with each other through these interfaces, 3) all interfaces, without exception, must be designed from the ground up to be exposed to developers in the outside world, and 4) anyone who doesn’t do this will be fired.
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23 days ago by bekishore
Blog | Stitch Fix Technology – Multithreaded
Putting the Power of Kafka into the Hands of Data Scientists
data  blog  stitchfix  interesting 
november 2018 by bekishore
Giving and Taking Criticism — Chappell Ellison
I firmly believe you can be a critic while being kind and open-hearted.

I don’t even care if that sounds naive.

Most people think the number one goal of a critic is to judge whether work is good or bad.

They are wrong. #imo

The number one goal of a critic should be to make things better. That’s it. None of this binary good/bad stuff. Lots of people would disagree with me on this.
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may 2018 by bekishore
Kijin Sung
Hi, I'm Kijin. Pronunciation: kee-jin.

I like thinking and writing about social, cultural, and political issues, especially where they relate to information technology. I’ve lived in a few different countries, most recently Canada and Korea.
people  korea  blog  2018  pinboard  pinboard.in  api 
march 2018 by bekishore
Jordan Cooper's Blog: startups, venture capital, etc... | I’m a NYC based investor and entrepreneur. I think there is one metric that can be used to measure the value of a human life and that’s impact. How did you change things? How many people did yo
I’m a NYC based investor and entrepreneur. I think there is one metric that can be used to measure the value of a human life and that’s impact. How did you change things? How many people did you touch? How different is the world because you lived in it and how positive was the change that you affected?
people  metric  blog  2017-07-07  2017-07-09 
july 2017 by bekishore
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