Tony Hsieh

In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, eventually becoming CEO and helping Zappos grow from almost no sales in 1999 to the multi-billion dollar company it is today. In 2009, the company was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. Tony has remained as CEO of Zappos, which operates independently of Amazon, and continues to help build Zappos as a company dedicated to customer service, company culture, and community. Tony’s book, Delivering Happiness, was published in 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Delivering Happiness debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Tony helped start Downtown Project, a group committed to helping transform downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.

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