Lunch in Barcelona with one of the founding members of Amazon
Yesterday I had the absolute please of having lunch with David Rischer one of the key directors of Microsoft and one of the founding members of Amazon. He has worked closely together with Bill Gates founder of Microsoft) and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon).
Conversation was thrilling from the beginning as David introduced us to his philosophy on life and share some of his rich experiences. As a hugely successful individual David is at the top of the Mazlov´d triangle and is not driven by making money, feeding an ego or even leaving a legacy for others to remember him by. It struck me that David genuinely wanted to help make the world a better place.
Testimony to his desires is the fact that for the last 2 years David has dedicated his extremely potent resources to a project called Worldreader.
Worldreader is a US and European non-profit whose mission is to make digital books available to children in the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. As of June 2012, we’ve put over 190,000 e-books – and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them – into the hands of 1,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa. Those children now read more, read better, and are improving their communities.
The thing that struck me most about David was his humility and openness. We shared information about his experiences working with Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, he shared with us the lessons he had learned from the gurus and gave us an insight into what it takes to grow a company from the present to the future whilst learning from the past.
I would personally like to thank David for his time, energy and experience. I would also like to thank my good friend Didac Lee for organizing this intimate lunch.