The point in this article I like is how Jeff Bezos early on defined the technical architecture he wanted to build his company on.
This service based architecture seems like it would be effective and keeping development groups relatively autonomous and cohesive, but still be able to leverage other groups technologies. It also would help allow developers to innovate within a defined framework. For the record – I think Amazon will be the big winner vs Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft over the next 10 years – largely due to Bezos’ leadership. It will be interesting to watch.
I am revisiting a thought I had several years ago about only investing in companies that have proven visionary leaders – rather than focusing on financials or valuation. Perhaps then I would of gotten into Apple earlier and out of Microsoft when Bill Gates retired. Perhaps a post on that another day.