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Break up Jeff Bezo's empire, says Amazon's 2nd employee

Break up Jeff Bezos empire, says Amazons 2nd employee

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Dec 2019 12:25 PM GMT

San Francisco: One of Amazon's first employees who helped build the company from scratch has come out in favour of breaking the e-commerce behemoth.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos hired computer programmer Paul Davis in 1994 - his second employee at the company.

Davis has told ReCode that Amazon needs to separate from the "Amazon Marketplace" which allows more than 2.5 million third-party sellers to sell products.

"There's clearly a public good to have something that functions like the Amazon Marketplace. aIf this didn't exist, you'd want it to be built.

"What's not valuable, and what's not good, is that the company that operates the marketplace is also a retailer. They have complete access to every single piece of data and can use that to shape their own retail marketplace," Davis was quoted as saying.

Davis wrote the codes for the first Amazon.com website. He left the company "because I am a technical person and had little interest in playing a role in the growth of the company".

He now lives in a small New Mexico town and writes open source software for recording and editing audio.

Last week, Davis also posted an online comment regarding a New York Times article on Amazon.

"For nearly two decades. Amazon has used its control of its marketplace to strengthen its own hand as a retailer. This should not be allowed to continue," he wrote. (IANS)

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