Another excellent Publishing Business Conference and Expo took place last week. Having three keynote speakers provided a very interesting cross-section of information and opinion. Amazon was the focus for the first two.
As the first week in September comes to a close, we are reminded that in just two short weeks we'll be opening the doors at the New York Marriot Marquis and welcoming in over one thousand publishers, editors, tech masters and industry vendors. As we ramp up to the big event, it only seems right to remind ourselves why we put ourselves through all the last-minute booking, speech preparation, and general stress that comes with an event such as the Publishing Business Conference & Expo.
From the start, Jeff Bezos wanted to “get big fast.” He was never a “small is beautiful” kind of guy. The Brobdingnagian numbers tell much of the story. In 1994, four years after the first Internet browser was created, Bezos stumbled upon a startling statistic: the Internet had been growing at the rate of 2,300 percent annually. In 1995, the year Bezos, then 31, started Amazon, just 16 million people used the Internet. A year later, the number was 36 million, a figure that would multiply at a furious rate. Today, more than 1.7 billion people are online.