Our heavy investments in Prime, AWS, Kindle, digital media, and customer experience in general strike some as too generous, shareholder indifferent, or even at odds with being a for-profit company. “Amazon, as far as I can tell, is a charitable organization being run by elements of the investment community for the benefit of consumers,” writes one outside observer.
But I don’t think so.
To me, trying to dole out improvements in a just-in-time fashion would be too clever by half. It would be risky in a world as fast-moving as the one we all live in.
More fundamentally, I think long-term thinking squares the circle. Proactively delighting customers earns trust, which earns more business from those customers, even in new business arenas. Take a long-term view, and the interests of customers and shareholders align.
—Jeff Bezos | Amazon’s Letter To Shareholders Should Inspire Every Company In America (via courtenaybird)
Announcing the first Vimeo Hackday! And a new API!
We’ve been hard at work building a brand new version of the Vimeo API (dubbed API 3.0) and we’d like to invite you to join us at Vimeo HQ to try it out!
We’ll be here May 4th from 11am to 7pm to help you build apps on the new API. The best creations will be featured on our blog and dev site.
Some of the new features your app can take advantage of are:
Register for push notifications Create albums and groups Simplified video upload Easy access to a large collection of Creative Commons videos As well as all the features of the Advanced API, including:
When: May 4, 2013 from 11am to 7pm
Where: 555 W 18th St, New York, NY