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Mar 3, 2018

General Manager Fire Tablets & Kindle and Amazon Echo & Alexa Product Marketing

Interview starts at 15:16 and ends at 39:43

“I loved what I had heard about the leadership principles, particularly the customer obsession and innovation which I was seeing externally. As I came through the hiring process and since my first day that has been the reality. And so I just really love how the company obsesses about customers and looks to invent every day. That’s what really attracted me here.”

News

“Alexa briefly lost its voice amid widespread Amazon Web Services outage” by Chris Welch at The Verge - March 2, 2018.

Amazon Web Services service health dashboard

Thanks to James McQuivey of Forrester Research for his comment on the Alexa outage (included in audio)

“Why Amazon is Immune To Almost Any Boycott” by Cale Guthrie Weissman at Fast Company - March 2, 2018

“Amazon Buys Ring, Maker of Smart Home Products” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times - February 27, 2018

“Amazon named Presenting Sponsor of Digital Book World 2018” by Bradley Metrock - February 25, 2018

Click here to register for Digital Book World 2018 October 2-4, 2018 in Nashville

“Inside the Alexa Prize” by James Vlahos at Wired - February 27, 2018

“Ebooks are not ‘stupid’--they’re a revolution” by Erin Kelly at The Guardian - February 21, 2018

“Amazon is in talks for a huge new office in Boston--and it drastically ups the HQ2 intrigue” by Dennis Green at Business Insider - February 28, 2018

“Shoppers would welcome an Amazon cryptocurrency, survey says” by Aaron Hankin at MarketWatch - February 27, 2018

“Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble” by Stephen Johnson at The New York Times Magazine - January 16, 2018

Tech Tip

A rave review for Readwise.io

Interview with Kevin Keith

“The votes are in: Alexa loses her voice but Amazon wins USA Today’s Ad Meter” by Erik Brady at USA Today - February 5, 2018

Would You Rather for Family skill for Alexa

Sensible Object’s “When in Rome” game for Alexa (available this summer)

Word Wise for Kindle

Content

Consider Phlebas (A Culture Novel Book 1) by Iain M. Banks

“Amazon Studios to Adapt Consider Phlebas, First Novel of the Culture Series, for Television” - Amazon Press Release February 21, 2018

Next Week’s Guest

Brad Parks, author of Closer Than You Know: A Novel, which will be published by Dutton on March 6, 2018.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.

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