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15 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Amazon

In the early days of Amazon, a bell would ring in the office every time someone made a purchase, and everyone would gather around to see if they knew the customer.
It only took a few weeks before the bell was ringing so frequently that they had to turn it off.
Also, Amazon got started out of Bezos’ garage and the servers that the company used required so much power that Bezos and his wife couldn’t run a hair dryer or a vacuum in the house without blowing a fuse.
In the first month of its launch, Amazon had already sold books to people in all 50 states and in 45 different countries.
Learn more about some of Amazon’s first employees here.

15 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Amazon

When Amazon first launched in 1995 as a website that only sold books, founder Jeff Bezos had a vision for the company’s explosive growth and e-commerce domination.

He knew from the very beginning, he wanted Amazon to be “an everything store.”

In author Brad Stone’s 2013 book on the origins of Amazon, he paints a picture of the early days of the company and how it grew into the behemoth that it is today.

Here are some interesting tidbits from those early days.

This story originally appeared as an article by Business Insider here. 

All photos courtesy of Business Insider.