August 23: The history of Amazon (part 1 of 5)

Amazon’s story begins 27 years ago with a humble beginning in a garage.

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Published: October 2018 and August 2021

The history of Amazon (part 1 of 5)

Amazon’s story begins 27 years ago with a humble beginning in a garage. This week’s facts are a 5-part series where we’ll walk through some of Amazon’s most significant milestones.

The early days

1994: Jeff Bezos founds Amazon out of his Bellevue, Washington garage

1995: Amazon.com launches as an online book store, primarily competing with local booksellers and Barnes & Noble.

1996: Amazon raises an $8 million Series A from Kleiner Perkins—its only venture capital investment.

1997: Amazon goes public, and the IPO raises $54 million with a market value of $438 million.

1998: Category expansion into CDs and DVDs.

1999: Amazon secures the “1-Click” patent for fast check-out. Jeff Bezos is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

The Amazon.com website home page as of August 1995.

Jeff Bezos in January 1997 in Seattle. 
Photo: Paul Souders/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos with a shopping cart full of books. September 1998 in Seattle. 
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Jeff Bezos on the cover of Time Magazine as Person of the Year in 1999. He signed this magazine with the note “Customers Rule!” Photo: Goldin Auctions

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