MacKenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder


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Source: Wired

This week has been full of stories with headlines like “How much could MacKenzie Bezos get in a divorce?” speculating on what will happen to “his wealth.” (Punctuated by the occasional outcry that any human being could stand to receive more than $60 billion at all.) What was often missing, or glossed over, is the fact that MacKenzie helped her husband start his historic company, starting by agreeing to leave their life and move across the country from New York City to Seattle, where Amazon was founded. It’s also part of a wider pattern of how the stories of tech companies get told, which erases the many individuals who help to build them in favor of highlighting the “lone genius” at the helm. Many of the people who fade to the background have been women.

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One thought on “MacKenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder

  1. From Mark Twain:

    “It takes a thousand [people] to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a telephone or any other important thing — and the last [person] gets the credit and we forget the others. He [or she] added [their] little mite — that is all he [or she] did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.”

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