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  • 1. and The Webcam Sayuri Tanaka
  • 2. : Who thought of it?
    • Jeff Bezos (January 12 th , 1964-)
    • Attended Princeton University, initially to study Physics, but ended up graduating with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
    • He was awarded Person of the Year by TIME magazine in 1999
    • He is still the CEO of amazon.com
  • 3. … more about Jeff Bezos
    • Mother’s family owns a 25,000 acre ranch
    • His wife, Mackenzie, is also a Princeton University graduate
    • Before amazon.com, Bezos landed a few jobs on Wall Street, NYC. It was a time when computer science was an increasing demand in market trends. With this increasing rate of demand for computer science and the internet, Bezos immediately started to consider potential in a new type of business.
    • He quit his job on Wall Street, where he was Vice President of a leading financial group, and drove west to Seattle. His wife drove the car while he started to jot down his new business plan.
  • 4. : How was it founded?
    • Amazon.com was founded in July 1994. It started off in Bezos’ garage, and every time an order was placed, a bell would ring, hence the name “For whom the bell tolled”.
    • In spring 1994, Internet use increasing by 2300% per year
    • Books had no mail-order catalogues, simply because those catalogues would be too big to fit list all books.
    • Most book stores at the time, already had electronic inventories. All that was needed was someplace where the public could look up the available stock of books and directly place orders on them.
    • 50 days after the business had started, amazon.com had sold books in all 50 states and 45 foreign countries with the help of no press.
    • By September 1994, the business was earning $20,000 a week.
  • 5. : What was so great about it?
    • Amazon.com introduced…
    • One-click shopping
    • E-mail order verification
    • Customer review
    • And it became to be known as…
    • “ The Earth’s biggest bookstore” to
    • “ The Earth’s biggest anything store”
  • 6. What can do?
  • 7. The Webcam : Who thought of it?
    • Quentin Stafford-Fraser
    • Researcher at the University of Cambridge in England
    • He has earned his PhD. on Augmented Reality
    • He is the CEO of “Camvine” (Cambridge
    • Director of Ndiyo project
    • He has also founded or co-founded many other companies which include:
      • Newnham Research
      • Exbiblio
  • 8. The Webcam : Who thought of it?
    • Jennifer Ringley (August 10 th , 1976)
    • Graduated Dickenson College with a degree in Economics
    • After graduating, she was employed as a Programmer / Web Designer
    • With “Jennicam”, Ringley broadcasted her life on the web for 7 years non-stop.
  • 9. The Webcam :
    • Founded in 1991
    • It was invented in the Trojan Room, one of the labs at Cambidge University. There were several labs in the building, and everyone who worked there had to share the one coffee pot which was placed right outside the Trojan Room.
    • The webcam took pictures of the coffee pot every now and then to show how much of it was available.
    • They connected a network of computers to show this image.
    How was it founded?
  • 10. Jennicam : What was it?
    • Ringley originally started a webcam of her life as an art project.
    • Ringley’s website, jennicam.com, broadcasted live images from cameras places in several areas of her home (e.g. bedroom, bathroom, her desk).
    • It took images every 5 minutes
    • 24 hours a day
    • 7 years
    • Ringley wanted to show that “normal” people like her had interesting lives too.
  • 11. The Webcam
    • The webcam has introduced…
    • Video Chat and Conferences
    • A new way to enjoy taking pictures
    • Youtube and Video-blogs
    • Jennicam also introduced reality TV as entertainment on the lives of others. (e.g. MTV’s The Real World, and UK’s Big Brother)
    • * Ultimately, it has introduced a new way of communication through the internet.
    : What was so great about it?
  • 12. Ways to use the webcam… COMMERCIAL 2009
  • 13. THE END
  • 14. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • "Jeff Bezos." Academy of Achievement . A Museam of Living History, 24 June 2009. Web. Fall 2009.
    • Gates, Bill. "The 2009 TIME 100: Jeff Bezos." Time . TIME magazine, 30 Apr. 2009. Web. Fall 2009. www.time.com
    • Fair, Michele. "The history of amazon.com." ESSORTMENT . 2002. Web. Fall 2009.
    • "R.I.P Jennicam." BBC News . 1 Jan. 2004. Web. Fall 2009.
    • Brown, Paul J.R. "Last Week at Jenni's Place." Web. Fall 2009.
    • Stafford-Fraser, Quentin. "The Trojan Room Coffee Pot." May 1995. Web. Fall 2009.
    • Stafford-Fraser, Quentin. "Quentin Stafford-Fraser." Quentin and Rose . Web. Fall 2009. www.qandr.org