This is getting exciting… I’m sipping the kool aid now on Amazon’s amazing potential… Admittedly my knowledge of Bezos/Amazon is kinda limited to what I’ve seen here from you guys, but I just read a little more about his family background and I think it gives insight into who he is and how it may influence his decision-making process for HQ2.
Bezos’ mother Jacklyn was 17 and still in high school at the time of his birth. Her marriage to Jorgensen lasted a little more than a year. In April 1968, when Jeff was 4, she married her second husband, Miguel “Mike” Bezos, a Cuban who immigrated to the United States alone when he was 15 years old.
As of March 2015, Bezos was among the largest landholders in Texas.
He had left his well-paying job at a New York City hedge fund after learning “about the rapid growth in Internet use,” which coincided with a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that exempted mail order companies from collecting sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence.
From these facts, the Texas connection is very strong. On the other hand, his success depended on him leaving his roots, learning and capitalizing on new technologies, and taking advantage of laws which would lead to the growth of his broad-based empire. From what I gathered, his company’s strength comes from the competitiveness it derives from reaching out to the most customers, delivering the greatest selection of products, and its capacity to select quality employees who help serve Amazon’s goals.
I think Bezos grasps the ins and outs of doing business in TX (Whole Foods, Origin), and gets a good taste of how it’s like in other places like the bay area (ie Sunnyvale). Which place is going to be more instrumental in achieving this vision for the future? Certainly NOT anywhere clinging onto petty views.