IDEA Week: Headline Event & Keynote: Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

In 1999, at the age of 24, Hsieh sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos grow from almost nothing in 1999 to the multi-billion-dollar company it is today. The company was acquired by Amazon in 2009 in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. Hsieh has remained as CEO of Zappos, which operates independently of Amazon, and continues to help build Zappos as a company dedicated to customer service, company culture, and community.

Hsieh’s book, “Delivering Happiness,” was published in 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Hsieh shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. “Delivering Happiness” debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.