Many people praised Steve Jobs these days. To me, he is just an dictator, a control freak, with a super strong ego. In the contrast, Jeff Bezos is truly an visionary entrepreneur who focuses on every details. (in his words, overcoming small defects)
Just one example: Could you imagine Apple would sell its cloud computing service to its competitors? (That’s Netflix’s case for Amazon) Amazon is so smart. Serving and selling its cloud service to competitor is like incubating and growing up a golden goose, without using its own money! At the end of the day, it may simply take over Netflix because it is so dependent on Amazon’s structure. (like the case of Zappo, which Bezos mentioned in the interview)
Jeff Bezos is so visionary that he revolting many businesses, not limited to IT field. Starting from Kindle, I am a big fan of Amazon. ;-P
Bezos: Our first shareholder letter, in 1997, was entitled, “It’s all about the long term.” If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that. Just by lengthening the time horizon, you can engage in endeavors that you could never otherwise pursue. At Amazon we like things to work in five to seven years. We’re willing to plant seeds, let them grow—and we’re very stubborn. We say we’re stubborn on vision and flexible on details.
In some cases, things are inevitable. The hard part is that you don’t know how long it might take, but you know it will happen if you’re patient enough. Ebooks had to happen. Infrastructure web services had to happen. So you can do these things with conviction if you are long-term-oriented and patient.