Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Everything you need to know about Jeff Bezos (the guy who just bought the Washington Post)

On Monday, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he had purchased The Washington Post for $250 million in cash. Soon thereafter, Bezos sent a letter to the Post's employees, outlining the vision he has for the paper's future.

Everything you need to know about Jeff Bezos (the guy who just bought the Washington Post)

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks in Santa Monica, Calif. Bezos plans to buy The Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo / Reed Saxon, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks in Santa Monica, Calif. Bezos plans to buy The Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo / Reed Saxon, File)
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On Monday, The Washington Post Co. announced that it had sold The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash. Soon thereafter, Bezos sent a letter to the Post's employees, outlining the vision he has for the paper's future.

There will of course be change at The Post over the coming years. That’s essential and would have happened with or without new ownership. The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about – government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports – and working backwards from there. I’m excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention. [The Wrap]

As the folks at the Post (and the readers in Washington and, basically, anyone with a WiFi connection) get ready for a new chapter, we figured it'd be a good idea to take a closer look at the guy who just dropped a quarter of a billion dollars for a chance to revolutionize the news industry.

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