Amazon celebrated 27 years in business and Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to celebrate the streak with throwback photos.
Bezos started the company in a garage in Seattle in 1994, shortly after resigning from hedge fund DE Shaw. He had pitched the idea of an online bookstore to his former boss, David E. Shaw, but he hadn’t been impressed. He first went public with Amazon in 1997, becoming the first man to reach a net worth of over $100 billion since Bill Gates in 1999.
However, Jeff Bezos didn’t seem to have much support when he started.
The creator of the e-commerce giant recently shared the cover of Business Week, which called his business a “risky bet”. In the tweet, Bezos also mentioned that he had the particular edition framed as a personal reminder.
I have this old BusinessWeek 2006 framed as a reminder. The “risky bet” Wall Street didn’t like was AWS, which generated more than $62 billion in revenue last year. pic.twitter.com/ccF0nCOkhu
—Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 18, 2022
While some Twitter users interpreted the move as a bend, others saw it as an uplifting message and a reminder to always believe in yourself.
It’s such a strange insight into the human mind to see that you can have more money than all of them, but like 3 other human beings combined and still feeling the need to flex on Twitter, you’ve proven your haters wrong 16 years ago. Just be happy and rich man! https://t.co/frsanQAMOX
— Passionate about infrastructure contracts (@kapk3838) May 19, 2022
Ha ha. How wrong was Media? That’s why you shouldn’t bet against smart, passionate entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos. This man has grown his empire to over $1 trillion and created value for all stakeholders involved in the ecosystem. https://t.co/VgfiR6Jv9T
– VGP (@VGPS1978) May 19, 2022
I like Jeff’s Twitter game way more than Elon’s.
Says what he thinks without being derogatory. Inspires both young inventors and investors. Also a man of his word. https://t.co/akLNSDHreX
— Abhishek Murarka 🥧💹 (@abhymurarka) May 19, 2022
After all, a little bending can’t hurt anyone, can it?