Over the coming days Jeff Bezos, a man notoriously fixated on the future, could be forgiven for casting his mind back. After almost three decades of rapid expansion, disruption and transformation, he will finish his run as chief executive of Amazon next week.
Bezos, 57, has occasionally allowed his empire to salute key moments during its extraordinary rise. Less than a mile from the vast futuristic spheres at the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters stands Wainwright, a nondescript five-storey office block named after its first ever customer.
Having received its maiden order in April 1995 the company, billed at the time as the world’s largest bookstore, duly dispatched Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, a scientific anthology by Douglas Hofstadter. Many millions more would follow.
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