- Dot Com Bookstore - Old Logo on Certificate - Dot Com Bookstore - Old Logo on Certificate

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Beautifully engraved Certificate from This historic document was printed by the United States Banknote Corporation and has an ornate block border with a vignette of the old company logo. The newer certificates have the company's latest logo. This item has the printed signatures of the company's officers, including Jeff Bezos as president and Chief Executive Officer. In 1999, the company's stock cold for over $100 per share.
Certificate Vignette History Jeff Bezos was researching the Internet in the early 1990s for hedge fund D.E. Shaw. He realized that book sales would be a perfect fit with e-commerce because book distributors already kept meticulous electronic lists. Bezos, who as a teen had dreamed of entrepreneurship in outer space, took the idea to Shaw. The company passed on the idea, but Bezos ran with it, trekking cross country to Seattle (close to a facility owned by major book distributor Ingram) and typing up a business plan along the way. Bezos founded in 1994. After months of preparation, he launched a Web site in July 1995 (Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies was its first sale); it had sales of $20,000 a week by September. Bezos and his team kept working with the site, pioneering features that now seem mundane, such as one-click shopping, customer reviews, and e-mail order verification. went public in 1997. Moves to cement the brand included becoming the sole book retailer on America Online's public Web site and Netscape's commercial channel. In 1998 the company launched its online music and video stores, and it began to sell toys and electronics. also expanded its European reach with the purchases of online booksellers in the UK and Germany, and it acquired the Internet Movie Database. Bezos also expanded the company's base of online services, buying Junglee (comparison shopping) and PlanetAll (address book, calendar, reminders). By midyear had attracted so much attention that its market capitalization equaled the combined values of profitable bricks-and-mortar rivals Barnes & Noble and Borders Group, even though their combined sales were far greater than the upstart's. Late that year formed a promotional link with Hoover's, publisher of this profile. After raising $1.25 billion in a bond offering early in 1999, began a spending spree with deals to buy all or part of several dot-coms. However, some have since been sold ( and others have gone out of business or bankrupt --, (furniture). It also bought the catalog businesses of Back to Basics and Tool Crib of the North. began conducting online auctions in early 1999 and partnered with venerable auction house Sotheby's. Also that year added distribution facilities, including one each in England and Germany. In 2000 placed a link to on its homepage; will pay more than $100 million for that access. In 2000 inked a 10-year deal with to set up a co-branded toy and video game store. Also that year added foreign-language sites for France and Japan. In January 2001 announced plans to restructure and lay off 15% of its workforce; the plan, resulting from the need to show a profit, forced a $150 million charge. In April 2001 the company announced a deal with Borders to provide inventory, fulfillment, content, and customer service for In July 2001 America Online invested $100 million in as part of a deal to expand their marketing partnership.


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