Amazon logo 1995
Amazon logo 1995
--- "Cadabra" (reg. July 5, 1994)
--- "Rentless" (reg. Sept. 25, 1994)
--- "Amazon" (reg. Nov. 1, 1994)

Category: Internet

Subcategory: Electronic commerce

Founder: Jeff Bezos

Founded: July 5, 1994 (as "Cadabra")

Place of develop: Bellevue, Washington, USA

Public release: July 16, 1995

Programming languages: C++, Java

Features: Amazon started off as an online bookstore in 1994, and opened to the public in 1995. In 1998 Amazon expanded beyond books: on April 27, it announces the acquisition of three leading Internet companies: Bookpages, Ltd (English online bookstore); Telebook, Inc. (German online bookstore); and Internet Movie Database Ltd. (movie and TV archive); on August 4, it announces the acquisition of PlanetAll (online address book and calendar service), and Junglee Corporation, which operates a service that lets people shop for everything, from clothing to computers. This were just the first of a long series of wide-ranging investments. In late 2015 Amazon reported that it had more than 270 million active customer accounts worldwide, and was shipping to more than 75 countries.

Interesting facts: In 1994, Jeff Bezos left his employment as vice-president of D. E. Shaw & Co., a Wall Street firm, and moved to Seattle. On July 5 he founded "Cadabra", an online bookstore. The company was renamed "Relentless" in September, then went officially online as on July 16, 1995.

Slogan (1995): «Earth's biggest bookstore"

Property:, Inc.


Amazon development
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Amazon home page 1995 in 1995: one million book titles

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Jeff Bezos
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