The original shoes which when they couldn't be found in a mall, inspired the formation of Zappos for ordering shoes online
As you walk around the tour, the paparazzi (Zappos employees) may take photos of you! I decided to be paparazzi paparazzi and take a photo of them :-)
Zappos has a very unique style - with some similarities to Silicon Valley in the late 90's
Me with Tony in front of his desk. He's very accessible to his team.
Joe Sugarman being treated like "royalty" at Zappos. They make a big effort to take care of their partners.
Tony explaining some of the key aspects of the Zappos business model to Joe Sugarman
Employees are given a budget to customize their offices however they want. This area was turned into a mini starbucks!
One of things I really liked about Tony's leadership is he really emphasizes learning. This is a library of free books for anyone to take whatever they want. They're the books which have most influenced Tony and his team.
When you leave, you have to put your nametag on the ball. I hooked Eben Pagan up with a Zappos tour a few days earlier, you can see his name near mine.
Later that evening we went for a nice meal at the Joel Robuchon Michelin 3 star restaurant in Las Vegas. It was an outstanding meal!
Luke from Fitfuel and Mike Hussey from PEI (yes, we had a nice selection of drinks!)
Mike got to meet one of his heroes, Joe Sugarman. Mike runs a pretty large company now, but Joe was a big influence for him
The menu for dinner
.. and after dinner we went to a club -- Tony bought TRIPLE shots of vodka for everyone.. Naturally I couldn't turn that down :-)