In a surprise announcement earlier this year, Jeff Bezos is stepping down from his chief executive position to make way for Andy Jassy, who’s been part of Amazon since 1997, when it was nothing but a humble online bookseller.
Jassy was brought on to expand its range to CDs. Fortunately, that wasn’t the only innovation he brought to the company, CDs weren’t exactly future proof.
But if you’re wondering who’s to blame for Amazon’s spearheading the cloud-computing sector, blame Jassy. He and Bezos brainstormed the concept way back in 2003 and he’s been taking point on the project since its launch in 2006.
AWS has grown to become Amazon’s biggest money maker, giving the company the comfort of being able to experiment and make a loss in its other sectors.
But it’s not all roses. On the horizon, Microsoft looms with a growing market share in the cloud. Andy Jassy is going to have to keep innovating.
Jassy is born and grows up in Scarsdale, NY
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