Amazon debuted the Echo smart speaker in late 2014, and in the subsequent years, it’s become a near-ubiquitous device in homes “more than 100 million Alexa-enabled devices” have been sold so far, Amazon says.
But the device was a major risk for Amazon at the time. “No customer was asking for Echo. This was definitely us wandering,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in the company’s recently published annual letter to shareholders.
It’s this concept of “wandering” taking big risks on new ventures that Bezos said is central to Amazon’s continued success.
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Amazon’s Echo smart speakers and its voice assistant Alexa were not a sure thing when they first debuted back in 2014.
A small speaker with built-in microphones, connected to the internet, that lives in my house? No thank you!
That sentiment is far from normal nowadays; over 100 million devices with Alexa built in have been sold in the last five years. It is another hugely successful product from Amazon, alongside the Kindle and Amazon Prime.
But in 2013?
“No customer was asking for Echo. This was definitely us wandering,” Bezos said in his annual letter to shareholders . “If you had gone to a customer in 2013 and said ‘Would you like a black, always-on cylinder in your kitchen about the size of a Pringles can that you can talk to and ask questions, that also turns on your lights and plays music?’ I guarantee you theyd have looked at you strangely and said ‘No, thank you.'”
That high risk mentality is crucial to Amazon’s strategy .
As Bezos put it in the letter: “As a company grows,everythingneeds to scale, including the size of your failed experiments. If the size of your failures isnt growing, youre not going to be inventing at a size that can actually move the needle.”
In the case of the Echo and Alexa, a major failure with the Amazon Fire phone was turned into a major success with the Echo and Alexa.
“Development of the Fire phone and Echo was started around the same time. While the Fire phone was a failure, we were able to take our learnings (as well as the developers) and accelerate our efforts building Echo and Alexa,” Bezos said.
Over 100 million devices later and that pivot was a massive success
Kofi Kingston Set To Visit Ghana After 25 Years
Ghanaian-American professional wrestler, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah a.k.a Kofi Kingston is set to make a visit home to Ghana after winning the WWE Championship on April 7, 2019.
The reigning WWE champion was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He will be visiting his home country after 25 years of being away.
A Facebook post from the managers of the WWE world champion says plans are dar implace to his Kofi in his come country.
Over 11 years after making his debut in WWE, Kofi defeated Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. He thus became the second African American (following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)and first African native to hold WWE’s signature title.
He bursting on the WWE scene in 2007, Kingston has established himself as one of WWE’s premier high-flyers.
Kingston also cemented his place in WWE history with a series of daredevil moments where he saved himself from elimination in several Royal Rumble Matches.
Peru: Former President Shoots Himself Dead To Avoid Going To Prison For Money Laundering
Former Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has according to reports from AFP, passed away. He was urgently taken to hospital on Wednesday as he was said to be suffering from high blood pressure, lawmaker Gilbert Violeta said.
Violeta told RPP radio station the 80-year-old was being treated in intensive care.
He is due to have a cardiac catheter fitted to examine his heart.
Kuczynski was arrested last week and was being held under 10-day preliminary detention until April 20, accused of money laundering.
He is one of four ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht — alongside Ollanta Humala (2011-16) Alan Garcia (1985-90 and 2006-11) and Alejandro Toledo (2001-06).
Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation.
The public prosecutor accuses Kuczynski of passing laws to favor Odebrecht when he was finance minister during Toledo’s government.
The former Peru president Alan Garcia has been reported dead, he was reportedly died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation, a party official said.
“Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party.
Former Black Stars Player Named Assistant Coach Of Borrussia Dortmund
German Bundesliga outfit Borrussia Dortmund have appointed former Ghana international Otto Addo as the new assistant manager of the club.
The club took to their official Twitter account to announce the arrival of the former player.
“Delighted to announce the return of former Borussia Dortmund player, Otto Addo, who will serve as an assistant coach focusing on youth development”
The 43-year-old will be in charge of the youth development at the club thus helping in the nurturing of young talents into top players for the senior team among other duties.
The former Black Stars player played at the 2006 FIFA World cup in Germany making two starts in the tournament. He was also part of Dortmund’s German Bundesliga winning squad in the 2001-02 season with an appearance as well in the UEFA Cup final that same season.
Addo will join the team at the end of this season with his current job as the assistant coach at Borussia Monchengladbach yet to elapse.
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