Great post by Mark Suster this week on how Amazon (“that little online book company”), with its open cloud platform, was really what got every 20-something starting web businesses and ultimately led to the rise of the super angels, incubators and micro-VCs…
Did you ever see the picture of Google’s first servers?
If I had to buy that and stick it in my bedroom and operate it I would never have started a company.
But being able to use AWS, on a cheap pay-as-you-go, pay-for-what-you-need, basis… that made it possible.
“Amazon changed our industry. This is mind boggling. That little online book company. Not Google. Not Microsoft. Not IBM, HP, Accenture, Cisco, Salesforce.com or anybody else. Amazon. 100% of the credit. And 9 years after they launched AWS there are still no credible competitors.”
And yes, I also agree with Suster that Jeff Bezos doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves for the disruption and innovation he’s delivered us. But I’m glad he did it.