, Inc.
Cadabra, Inc. (1994–95)
Traded as
FoundedJuly 5, 1994; 25 years ago (1994-07-05) in Bellevue, Washington, United States
FounderJeff Bezos
Area served
Key people
RevenueIncrease US$232.887 billion (2018)
Increase US$12.421 billion (2018)
Increase US$10.073 billion (2018)
Total assetsDecrease US$162.648 billion (2018)
Total equityDecrease US$43.549 billion (2018)
Number of employees
Increase 647,500 (2018)
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3][4][5], Inc.[6] (/ˈæməzɒn/), is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington, that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies along with Google, Apple, and Facebook.[7][8][9]

Amazon is known for its disruption of well-established industries through technological innovation and mass scale.[10][11][12] It is the world's largest e-commerce marketplace, AI assistant provider, and cloud computing platform[13] as measured by revenue and market capitalization.[14] Amazon is the largest Internet company by revenue in the world.[15] It is the second largest private employer in the United States[16] and one of the world's most valuable companies. Amazon is the second largest technology company by revenue.

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994, in Bellevue, Washington. The company initially started as an online marketplace for books but later expanded to sell electronics, software, video games, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. In 2015, Amazon surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market capitalization.[17] In 2017, Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market for $13.4 billion, which vastly increased Amazon's presence as a brick-and-mortar retailer.[18] In 2018, Bezos announced that its two-day delivery service, Amazon Prime, had surpassed 100 million subscribers worldwide.[19][20]

Amazon distributes downloads and streaming of video, music, audiobook through its Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music, and Audible subs