V1Y1 tracks the Versions 1 and Years 1 of Tech Startups

Amazon History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Amazon?

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos.

When did design and development efforts start at Amazon?

Amazon started design and development efforts in June 1994.

When was Amazon incorporated?

Amazon was incorporated as Cadabra Inc. in July 1994 and changed its name to Amazon.com Inc in May 1996.

When did Amazon purchase its domain name?

Amazon purchased the amazon.com domain name in November 1994.

When did Amazon launch commercially?

Amazon launched commercially in July 1995.

How much venture capital did Amazon raise?

Amazon raised $8 M USD in a single round of funding in June 1996.

When did Amazon go public?

Amazon started trading on the NASDAQ in May 1997.

Where was Amazon headquartered?

Amazon was/is headquartered in Seattle, USA.

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What happened during the year 1 of Amazon?


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What was the version 1 of Amazon like?

JUL 1995

What are some of the pre-IPO stats for Amazon?

1994 to 1997

What were some of the extra materials about Amazon?

1997 JUN Jeff Bezos interview

1999 APR Jeff Bezos on Charlie Rose

1999 JUL Jeff Bezos on 60 minutes

2020 FEB Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos