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Tony Hsieh discusses Zappos’ culture, ‘Delivering Happiness’ book

Omaha May 9, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Tony Hsieh poses after speaking at South by Southwest Interactive 2009 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Charlie Llewellin via Flickr.

About a week ago, I had the privilege of interviewing one of this decade's leading entrepreneurs, Tony Hsieh. Prior to building Zappos into a company that Amazon would eventually acquire for 850 million-dollars, Hsieh co-founded and sold the internet advertising network LinkExchange to Microsoft for 265 million-dollars in 1998.

Tony's passion and drive to build Zappos' company culture is infectious and has since caused companies around the world to think deeply about the structure of their own culture.

One of the exciting things around the corner for Tony is the release of his debut book, Delivering Happiness, on June 7. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy and I think it's well-worth the purchase when it's released. Providing readers with a look at his early entrepreneurial adventures, it's entertaining and motivational at the same time.

Enjoy the video and we are looking forward to Tony's talk at Big Omaha later this week!

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Really looking forward to reading the book, Tony is a leader in the field. Applying Happiness principles in the workplace will be a growing trend because happy employees will make more profitable and innovative companies.

Thanks, and Be Happy,

Gregory S. Barsh, Esq.
Chief Happiness Officer
ruHap, The Happiness Company
Follow our blog, How to be Happy, at

May 9, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Great interview Jeff

May 17, 2010 at 01:17 AM

As a happiness coach, I see first-hand the relativity to happiness to productivity. This interview is right in alignment with happiness, how to change things when you are down! And how to get back into what works.

Apr 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

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