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Amazon's Smartphone Event

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  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:41:49 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:42:05 PM
    In 2011, the slope of the the growth of Prime subscribers changed.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:42:07 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:42:21 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:42:36 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:42:41 PM
    The Kindle Fire, Prime video, Kindle e-books helped drive Prime, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:42:48 PM
    We have tens of millions of Prime subscribers, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:42:49 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:43:01 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:43:02 PM
    Amazon Prime membership skyrocketed, Bezos said, but as a Prime member myself, I know I don't use all the features I could. And to be honest, I'm not sure I'm going to, since other services sometimes work better. I wonder how many people really still use it just for the faster delivery.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:43:06 PM
    There are more than 40,000 Prime Instant Videos, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:43:11 PM
    (It launched with 5,000)
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:43:28 PM
    Kindle library of e-books now up to 500,000, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:43:30 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:43:38 PM
    You can fill a bucket with an eye dropper if the bucket doesn't leak, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:43:52 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:43:56 PM
    You can fill a bucket with a firehose, but if the bucket is leaky, it'll still be empty, he says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:43:57 PM
    There are some weird analogies going on here. Buckets...eyedroppers...leaking?
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:44:06 PM
    Prime isn't leaky. When it comes time to renew, they renew, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:44:26 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:44:37 PM
    "We're building Prime for one customer," he says about the approach to the service.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:44:47 PM
    "These individual customers do love Prime. Amazon Prime brings so much joy to the world." - Bezos.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:44:50 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:44:58 PM
    Bezos puts up several tweets lauding Amazon Prime. The audience eats it up.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:45:05 PM
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  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:45:29 PM
    "Patience, persistence, and obsessive attention to detail" is his mantra.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:45:54 PM
    He noted that when the first Kindle launched, there was a lot of skepticism.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:46:02 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:46:05 PM
    The tone of those comments have changed over the last few years, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:46:16 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:46:17 PM
    Today, we have tens of millions of Kindle owners, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:46:30 PM
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  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:46:47 PM
    My favorite reader comment so far re: the Kindle: "It should be called Kindling."
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:46:56 PM
    There are tens of millions of tablet owners, he says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 5:47:13 PM
    Those were the early days, of course. Now everyone loves their Kindles, according to Bezos.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:47:28 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:47:48 PM
    It's encouraging for us to see the tone of those comments, he says. Reputation is a trailing indicator of excellence. That's how it should be.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:47:51 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:48:05 PM
    What's the most important thing Amazon has done over the last 20 years? he asks.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:48:17 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:48:17 PM
    The most important thing we've done is earn trust with customers, he says.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 5:48:33 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 5:48:34 PM
    You don't ask for trust. That never works, he says.
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