This Week in Business History- Episode 31

“According to the beforementioned Brad Stone, who wrote the book “The Everything Store”, in 1997 Jeff Bezos was asked to speak to a Harvard graduate school business class about his early stage online store Amazon. It’s been said that the Harvard students weren’t paying a lot of attention to Bezos as he was sharing his story & point of view. And at one particularly entertaining moments: one of the high-falootin’ Harvard students told Jeff Bezos quote “You seem like a really nice guy, so don’t take this the wrong way. But you need to sell to Barnes & Noble and get out now.”

-Scott Luton, Host


In this episode of This Week in Business History, host Scott W. Luton shares ten things about Jeff Bezos that he bets many don’t know. Where is Jeff Bezos from and what was he like growing up? What was the humbling lesson learned at age 10? What advice did the Princeton alum get from Harvard grad students? Tune in to learn the answers to each of these & more.

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Scott W. Luton is the founder & CEO of Supply Chain Now. He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott was named a 2019 Pro to Know in Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Executive and a 2019 “Top 15 Supply Chain & Logistics Experts to Follow” by RateLinx. He founded the 2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards and also served on the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott volunteers on the Business Pillar for VETLANTA and has served on the boards for APICS Atlanta and the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. Follow Scott Luton on Twitter at @ScottWLuton and learn more about Supply Chain Now here:


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