Brad Stone: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Brad Stone

Veteran Silicon Valley Journalist & Author of the New York Times bestselling book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone joined Bloomberg Businessweek in August, 2010 as a senior writer covering technology. He has written over a dozen cover stories on leading technology companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Yahoo, and profiles of business luminaries such as Google CEO Larry Page, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Costco CEO Craig Jelinek. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, published by Little, Brown & Co. in October of 2013. The book won the Business Book of the Year Award, administered by the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs. made its mark sending new books quickly in nice, smile-embossed boxes. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the world's store, where everything is available to everyone, usually in 24 hours. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and drive and revolutionized retail the way Ford revolutionized manufacturing.

Stone has been given unprecedented access to Amazon employees, both current and former, to give readers the first fly-on-the-wall narrative account of the world's largest online retailer. In a club of tech business innovators that includes Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, Bezos stands out for his hyper-competitive business strategies, which are leading Amazon to current ventures from hardware like e-readers and tablet PCs, web hosting for some of the world's most valuable companies, book publishing, and even a top secret space program.

Given his research and direct contact with Amazon insiders, Stone is able to offer keen insights into the history and remarkable growth of a company widely regarded as uniquely innovative, disruptive and often polarizing. He delves into how it has revolutionized the retail industry in ways that are arguably great for its customers and destructive to rivals, and even local communities.

Brad joined Businessweek from the New York Times, where he had been a reporter since December 2006. He covered Internet trends, as well as technology companies like Google, Amazon and Apple from the newspaper’s San Francisco bureau. In addition to writing for the paper, he regularly contributed to the Times’ technology blog, "Bits," and wrote a column, "Ping," for the Sunday business section.

From 1998 to November 2006, Brad served as the Silicon Valley Correspondent for Newsweek magazine, writing for the technology and business sections of the magazine and authoring a regular online column. He is also the author of the 2003 book Gearheads: the Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports.

Brad graduated from Columbia University in 1993 and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a twin and the father of twins and is based in the San Francisco area. His next book, The Great Wave, about the revival of Silicon Valley and multi-billion dollar companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Lyft, will be published in 2016.

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