Jeff Bezos - on being bold

“One of my jobs is to encourage people to be bold.  It’s incredibly hard.  Experiments are, by their very nature, prone to failure. A few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn’t work.  Bold Bets - Amazon Web Services, Kindle, Amazon Prime, our third-party seller business - all of those things are examples of bold bets that did work, and they pay for a lot of experiments.   I’ve made billions of dollars of failures.  You might remember pets.com or kosmo.com.  It was like getting a root canal with no anesthesia.  None of this things are fun.  But they also don’t matter.  

What really matters is, companies that don’t continue to experiment, companies that don’t embrace failure, they eventually get in a desperate position where the only thing they can do is a Hail Mary bet at the end of their corporate existence.  Whereas companies that are making bets all along, even big bets, but not bet-the-company bets, prevail. ”

Jeff Bezos - Founder/CEO Amazon.com

from an interview for the web site Business Insider