It is Amazon.co.uk's 20th anniversary today. (October 15th). A couple of weeks later I conducted a long interview with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

In November 1998 Jeff Bezos, currently the world's richest man, came to the UK to promote Amazon.co.uk.

I had an hour with him and it was without doubt the most enjoyable interview I have ever done. While Jeff Bezos today is a somewhat controversial figure, in 1998 he was just an impressive and funny entrepreneur.

This is the complete unedited interview. I sound like a fool in many places but I came up with one good joke.

I have provided a fairly accurate transcript to download.

Should any organisation or individual wish to use any part of this for publication, please contact me on 07555 498955. Steve >>> Download transcription.



The full interview (55 mins): Here.

The original Independent article that this interview led to: Here.

Clips

Why 'Amazon user base expanded so fast: "The internet was exclusively made up of early adopters."

Explanation of why Amazon grew faster than expected. Audio: "The internet was exclusively made up of early adopters."

A company name hard to find. Audio: Nearly called a dead body.

Amazon started in a garage - of course! Audio: It's not the space that kills - it's the power.

Why he left investment banking for the wild west. Audio: "Web usage was growing at 2300%."