Mousetrap #145 Tell a local merchant: $100K zero-interest loans from NYC | Salute to Tony Hsieh
Posted on December 5, 2020
Let’s take a moment to celebrate the life of Tony Hsieh, co-founder of Zappos, who passed away this weekend at the age of 46. The culture he created in Zappos is a model other companies would do well to emulate. His book, “Delivering Happiness” is, without exaggeration, inspirational. Read it. Here’s the NY Times obit. A life well-lived.
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