walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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Interview with Shel Kaphan

http://www.geekwire.com/2011/meet-shel-kaphan-amazoncom-employee-1

4 pages at GeekWire. Shel is ... clearly still Shel: somewhat full of himself but basically reality based and, I must grudgingly admit to agreeing with him on the bugging-Bezos-about-government-regulation issue.

Emphasis on grudging. Which has pretty much always been my reaction to Shel.

It would appear that he is more or less happy, and I suppose that's a good thing.

OTOH, the guy is _still_ complaining about too-many-meetings. When I think back on what I went through to try to get _any_ kind of meeting, any kind of information pried out of that skull at all, when our primary goal was to detach him from the day to day enough so he could actually take a day off, I'm surprised I'm not still grinding my teeth.

It was kinda fun, altho I'm still cranky about the 2 digit year code. Not a line of code was written until 1994 and it _still_ had to be fixed for Y2K.

He's absolutely right, however, that in the beginning, no one had any idea how far that little bookstore was going to go. Not even Jeff.
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