CHAPTER 1

CLOUD COMPUTING: THE NEW ELECTRICITY

In the late 1800s, the proliferation of cheap industrial electricity changed commerce. It led to vibrant new ecosystems that fostered further innovation.

Cloud computing is serving the same role today. It is transformational.

In this chapter I will show how Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos created this new era with a stroke of rare insight, carving a path for a new generation of entrepreneurs to follow. You will also learn how two other entrepreneurs—Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Reed Hastings of Netflix—would cleverly leverage cloud computing to become legends in their own right. And you will see how companies are still racing to move their business to the cloud two decades after these pioneers ...

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