Every time a seismic shift takes place in our economy, there are people who feel the vibrations long before the rest of us do, vibrations so strong they demand action-action that can seem rash, even stupid.  Ferry owner Cornelius Vanderbilt jumped ship when he saw the railroads coming.  Thomas Watson Jr., overwhelmed by his sense that computers would be everywhere even when they were nowhere, bet his father’s office-machine company on it: IBM.
     Jeffrey Preston Bezos had that same experience when he first peered into the maze of connected computers called the World Wide Web and realized that the fuutre of retailing was glowing back at him.

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