„If you absolutely can't tolerate critics, then don't do anything new or interesting.“

—  Jeff Bezos

What Amazon's Jeff Bezos thinks about Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker http://boingboing.net/2016/06/01/what-amazons-jeff-bezos-thin.html (BoingBoing) (dubbed "The Bezos Principle" by Walt Mossberg)

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