By any measure, it’s an astonishing story. When Andy Jassy was hired by Jeff Bezos straight out of Harvard Business School to join Amazon in 1997, the company was three years old and had fewer than 200 employees - 50 at headquarters and another 150 in a Seattle warehouse packing books into parcels. “I knew pretty much everybody by name,” smiles the 51-year-old New Yorker, seated last week in Amazon’s sleek offices overlooking London’s Smithfield meat market. “It was a much smaller company and we were a books-only retailer.” How times have changed. These days, the founder and chief executive of Amazon’s most profitable business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a pivotal player in the world’s second biggest company. With 625,000 staff and a market value of $937bn only its crosstown rival Microsoft, at $1027bn, is worth more. Jassy, Amazon’s second biggest individual shareholder with a stake worth $173m … [Read more...] about King of the cloud: Andy Jassy
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Entertainment & Arts By Anna Bailey Radio 4 reporter 13 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48473228 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel While music fans struggle to get tickets to the likes of Glastonbury, Reading and … [Read more...] about The rise of ‘fake’ music festivals
By Tom Fordyce Chief sports writer 23 Apr From the section Cycling Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/cycling/48021720 Read more about sharing. It's the first thing you see as your plane descends towards Tenerife, after the long flight over the grey-blue Atlantic - a ring of thick cloud hiding the island below, and poking through it, like the spire of some great natural cathedral, the peak of Mount Teide.Most people have come for spring sunshine, for cheap beer and serious sun-lounger time down on the warm coast. Most will only see the top of Teide again on the way out. Very few have any idea that in their midst is the greatest cyclist of his generation, plus his key lieutenants, heading to this ancient volcano to begin the fightback that he hopes will end with him winning back the title he once … [Read more...] about Chris Froome’s Tenerife training camp: ‘You come here to suffer’
A lego post box, a framed picture of a Jersey cow and a pound of salt are among the weird and wonderful gifts bestowed on the Queen last year, according to an official list published today.It details the presents given to the Royal Family in 2018 by, among others, the King and Queen of The Netherlands, US President Donald Trump and the High Commissioner for Malta. Among the gifts bestowed on Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall while on official visits overseas were packets of dates, an apron, a framed swimming cap and a painted pebble.Meanwhile the future Baby Sussex can look forward to over 100 teddy bears - with cuddly koalas and kangaroos a popular gift from their tour Down Under last year. The Queen, pictured being presented with a Chinese silk scarf depicting two whales after she looked at the Chinese show garden at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London last year The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were gifted a toy kangaroo with a baby and an … [Read more...] about The quirky gifts received by the Royal Family in 2018
We get the easy laughs out of the way first. The announcement that he will row for Cambridge in next month's Boat Race only happened the day before but the theme surrounding it is well-worn already: James Cracknell is really, really old and the rest of his crew-mates are not. 'One of the guys in the squad is a qualified doctor,' says Cracknell. 'And I'm older than his dad.' Next, he smiles about the evening last term when he watched a documentary about the rock band, Nirvana, and its lead singer Kurt Cobain. The following day, he mentioned he had seen the band in concert when he was an undergraduate at Reading University in the 1990s. The other rowers met his boast with blank stares. Cracknell did some maths. 'Turns out Cobain was dead before any of them were born,' he says. Then there were the occasions he turned up for training wearing old kit from his early days as an international rower. He had a couple of vests given to him by rivals from Czechoslovakia and East Germany, countries … [Read more...] about Why is James Cracknell back at university and in Boat Race at 46?