Delivering Happiness

I just finished the book Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh who is the CEO of Zappos.  The book was a quick and easy read.  I think I finished it in 3-4 hours.  I would recommend the book to anyone interested in business.

However, parts of the book do puzzle me.  I can’t understand how you go from $1.6M to $8M to $32M in sales each year and still be cashflow negative.

What I liked about this book is that my ebusinesses are paralleling the Zappos growth on a much smaller scale.  He does talk about dropshipping and how his products were limited.  He also talks about warehousing and the cash needed to stock inventory.  Zappos went from dropshipping to fully controlling their stock and shipping in house.

The best part of the book was the Asian culture.  Tony is Taiwanese, like me and the first part of his book on his upbringing and very familiar to me.

I can only imagine what his parents thought after they paid for his Havard education only for him to quit his first job 5 months into it to start a business.  Starting a business really has no part in the Asian upbringing.

I don’t remember ever hearing “start a business” vs. “go to college and get straight A’s”.  We were so education oriented.  This brings back memories of the good old days of when I had to take college level math logic class when I was in 7th grade.

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