Even if you are not following news about Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO, and Elon Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO, you probably noticed that in last two weeks there are much more buzz about their activity than usual. It seems like both men want to make us clear: they are the leading tech-related figures in a world right now.
Bezos and Musk are trying really hard “to bring the future to us today” and this obstinacy put them among the most influencing innovators in 21st century.
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk
After announcing something new, both entrepreneurs usually shake the Internet world like an earthquake but innovations of Musk and Bezos are not limited only to the computers. They jump to the next tech train with a big passion whether there are cars, spaceships or supermarkets.
Here is some newest impressive run they are on:
Tuesday (28th of March) Amazon announced they are not content with dominating e-commerce. The company opened two grocery stores in Seattle, where Amazon Prime members can pick up their groceries at a drive-through.
According to CNNMoney, “It is a reminder of the company’s interest in reinventing the grocery store experience, a huge potential market that could push Amazon toward being the first $1 trillion company.” On the same day, Amazon stock went to a new height.
Elon Musk at a time revealed some details on a new side project, Neuralink. This technology will be able to merge human brains with computers and make humans into cyborgs.
On March 29th Amazon stock hit another record high and another Amazon investor Warren Buffett became the second richest person on the planet.
The next day (March 30) Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched a used rocket into space. This event is a crucial milestone for making space travelling accessible for more people with the intention to create conditions for humans to live and work outside our planet Earth. Musk already proposes a new goal – re-fly a used rocket within 24 hours of its landing. Good luck Elon!
SpaceX successfully launched a used rocket into space
Monday (April 3rd) Tesla stock increased on significant scale. It almost catches up Ford in value. Even Tesla sales are much smaller than Ford, traders believe in Musk’s future vision about full electric and self-driving cars so that they invest to this company.
Meanwhile, the world-leading clothes retailer Urban Outfitters announced declining sales. This became more bad news for the company – their stock started to fall. Traditional clothes sellers appear out of their league as people started to buy online, for example, at Amazon.
Tuesday 4th of April more retailers admitted they are struggling in sales. Staples announced that are exploring the opportunity to sell its all business. Ralph Lauren decided to cut its budget and close some shops, including its Polo store on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue. Meanwhile, e-commerce giant Amazon stock went on a record high, worth nearly twice as much as Wal-Mart.
April 5th Amazon stock moves toward a record high for a sixth straight day! However, Payless ShoeSource announces it is filing for the end of their activity.
At a space conference in Colorado, J. Bezos announced he is going to sell $1 billion in Amazon stock each year to finance Blue Origin project. Also, he presented a crew capsule with huge windows from his rocket company. With that Amazon reminded us again about its big ambitions. Another important move was done on Wednesday – Amazon ended a deal with the NFL to stream its Thursday games to Prime members.
Jeff Bezos controls a massive robot at his company’s annual robotics conference this March
On the same day, the Wall Street Journal reported that General Electric is selling its light bulb business. The company of Thomas Edison does not have an equivalent innovator at the time. The Edisons of today appear to be leading Amazon, SpaceX and Tesla.
April 6th Amazon announced that are offering 30,000 new part-time jobs over the next year. It will come together with 100,000 full-time jobs which are already planned for the U.S. in a period of over the next 18 months.
On the same day, the Hyperloop transportation concept (that Musk created in 2013) moved from its starting point. Hyperloop One proposes routes around the United States, promising fast traveling for cheap rates.
From all these highlights we can see that Musk and Bezos are on a hot streak now. However, we don not know what tomorrow will bring us… Maybe it will be another great idea for our future daily lives, or maybe total fail that changes business and technology world beyond recognition.