Amazon

A vote for neighborhood bookstores, third places and diversity

For more than a decade two retail truisms have prevailed: Paper-and-mortar bookstores, especially cozy, community-oriented, locally owned bookstores, are toast in the Amazon age. And…

2014’s #9 Most Read: What is it like to work at Amazon?

Editor's Note: As the year ends, we are counting down Crosscut's most read stories of 2014. The following article, No. 9 among the most read,…

What’s behind Amazon’s Twitch obsession

The other night I asked my 22-year old son and some of his friends if they’ve ever heard of Twitch TV, the online gaming channel…

What have Amazon’s drones done for you lately?

At Amazon, the customer always, always, always comes first. Getting people stuff fast and friction-free is what they're all about. They are the company designed…

What is it like to work at Amazon?

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles of the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Leaders at Amazon are right…

Are we headed down a gentrification gyre?

A Crosscut.com collaboration with Seattle Magazine. Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block.…

Seattle hypocrisy: We talk idealism while catering to corporate bullies

Seattle always falls in love with bullies. Like Boeing, which threatens us like an abusive spouse over jobs and subsidies. And Starbucks, the scourge of…

Viral Video: Mike Judge does “Silicon Valley”

Mike Judge, the man responsible for Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill and Office Space has set his crude and rude satirical sights on…

Amazon’s latest target: University Book Store

With textbook purchasing in high gear at the start of the University of Washington's quarter, Amazon.com set up outside the Husky Union Building on Monday…

What’s up with Amazon’s German workers?

No "Silent Night" for Amazon.com in Germany this Christmas season. Unhappy members of Ver.di, Germany’s second-largest trade union, noisily blew horns at the gates of…

Amazon Drones: Anything but serious

No sooner had Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos handed 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose his big scoop — on Cyber Monday Eve (imagine that) — than the…

Growth: Do we even know what we want to achieve?

Does Seattle know how to grow? You’d think so, with all those construction cranes back and so many mega-projects underway. We’re about to get expanded…

Density is the new driver of Seattle’s innovation

Seattle is widely considered an inventive city. We rank 13th in the world when it comes to “patent intensity,” the ratio of patent applications compared…

The Everything Store? A few things out of stock.

It is January 2003. I am sitting in the Seattle headquarters of Amazon.com, surrounded by the “S-Team,” a group of the retail internet giant’s senior-most…

A reading list for Jeff Bezos

Two things have cheered me up recently about the state of print journalism: Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post was one. The other was a…