Tony Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos an online shoe and clothing mega-retailer, which he helped grow from almost no sales in 1999 to the multi-billion dollar company it is today. Tony continues to build Zappos around its core values of customer service and community-based culture.
In 1996, before joining Zappos, Tony founded advertising network LinkExchange. By 1998, the site had over 400,000 members and 5 million ads rotating daily. In November 1998, Tony sold LinkExchange to Microsoft for $265 million.
After selling LinkExchange, Tony co-founded investment firm Venture Frogs, through which he invested in startups like Ask Jeeves, Open Table, and Zappos. In 1999, Tony joined Zappos as CEO and grew the company into a retail giant. In 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. Zappos continues to operate independently of Amazon.
Tony Hsieh’s book, “Delivering Happiness,” was published in 2010, and follows his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Tony shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. “Delivering Happiness,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Zappos.com, Tony helped start Downtown Project, a group committed to helping transform downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. This transformation includes the relocation of the Zappos offices from Henderson, Nevada to what was the old City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.
Tony currently lives in an Airstream on half a city block right in the middle of downtown Vegas, with his dog Blizzy and two pet alpacas who enjoy hanging out by the campfires every night.
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