To prepare for some of my podcast interviews (see the full list of the Invent Like an Owner podcast interviews), I went and listened to other interviews that my guests have done in the past. In doing so, I discovered other podcasts with Amazonians. I thought that it would be useful to create a list of all of those podcasts, along with brief topic summaries. So with no further ado, here is the list, sorted from newest to oldest:
- April 20, 2021 – Jeff Wilke on the NFX podcast – Former CEO, Amazon Worldwide Consumer Business – “The CEO That Jeff Bezos Called “His Teacher” with Jeff Wilke & James Currier”. Jeff shares the 3 drivers underlying the rise of Amazon, Prime, Alexa, and AWS.
- February 24, 2021 – Colin Bryar on the Remarkable People podcast – Former VP and Technical Advisor to Jeff Bezos. Colin and Bill Carr (below) co-authored Working Backwards: Insights, Stories and Secrets from Inside Amazon“. In this episode, he takes you in the room and shows how the Amazon Leadership Principles were used to create four key Amazon businesses.
- February 9, 2021 – Bill Carr on the Geekwire Podcast – Former VP of Digital Media – “Amazon’s business secrets: Former insiders explain how the tech giant really works in new book”. Bill discusses the processes and principles that the company has put into place, the “Invention Machine,” created by Jeff Bezos and his leadership team inside the company.
- October 17, 2020 – Paul Davis on the GeekAtSea Podcast – Paul talks about his early involvement building Amazon.com as engineer #2, and his decision to prioritize his personal life over the life of a non-stop startup founder.
- January 9, 2020 – Jeff Bezos on the Reagan Forum podcast – Jeff discussed the need for big technology companies to work with the U.S. government, what the national security community can do to recruit and retain technical talent, and ways big organizations can remain nimble and innovative.
- November 6, 2018 – Jesse Robbins on the Command Line Heroes podcast – Former Amazon “Master of Disaster” – “The One About DevSecOps” – Jesse explains how companies prepare for catastrophic breakdowns and breaches.
- March 17, 2018 – Eugene Wei on the Internet History Podcast – Eugene was an early employee at Hulu, Flipboard and Oculus. But the most fascinating stories you’ll hear will be about Amazon, where Eugene was the first analyst in the strategic planning department, where he had a unique perspective on Amazon’s early strategy and business structure.
- September 26, 2016 – John Rossman on the Internet History Podcast – “The Birth of Amazon’s 3rd Party Platform” – John describes his role developing the Amazon 3rd party Marketplace and gives his perspective on what makes Amazon successful. John’s book about Amazon is called The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Lessons Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company.
- June 17, 2016 – Mike Clayville on the GreyMatter podcast – Former Amazon Web Services Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Sales – “Fireside Chat” – Mike talks about sales strategy, how Mike spots industry trends, and AWS.
- August 30, 2015 – Glenn Fleishman (part 2) on the Internet History Podcast – Glenn talks more about Amazon’s founding mythologies, more recent controversies surrounding Amazon’s work culture, and the effect the web revolution has had on publishing and journalism, from the point of view of a writer.
- April 5, 2015 – Greg Linden on the Internet History Podcast – Former Amazon Software Engineer/Manager – Greg was one of the Amazon engineers who was responsible for a lot of the personalization and data-driven innovations at Amazon, especially the recommendation engine. Greg explains in great detail the technological challenges involved, and also gives a conceptual and almost philosophical background to the ways that harnessing data and deploying personalized systems can improve commerce.
- February 9, 2015 – Glenn Fleishman on the Internet History Podcast – Glenn was the catalog manager for Amazon.com around the time of the site launch. Not only did Glenn give details on some of the early decisions and processes at Amazon, but he also gave a frank assessment of Amazon strategy and Jeff Bezos himself.
- February 1, 2015 – Shel Kaphan on the Internet History Podcast – Amazon’s Technical Co-founder and Employee #1 – Shel sheds light on some of the earliest Amazon details. Shel gives the background on everything from the commerce systems to the development of Amazon’s famous review and recommendation systems.
- January 19, 2015 – Jane Slade on the Internet History Podcast – Former Director, Customer Service Strategy – Jane recalls what it was like in the early days and why keeping customer experience central to everything Amazon does was probably the key driver for the company’s success.
- January 3, 2013 – Jeff Bezos on Harvard Business Review’s IdeaCast – Founder and CEO – “Jeff Bezos on Leading for the Long-Term at Amazon”
I’m sure that I’ve missed (many) podcast interviews, so if you have suggestions, please contact me or leave them below in the comments.