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  • 1. Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh – CEO [email_address] Follow me on Twitter: zappos “ MaD” Youth Forum – Hong Kong January 23, 2010
  • 2.  
  • 3. A Little About Me (Tony)
  • 4. Zappos at a Glance Corporate Background
      • Founded in 1999
      • 1400 employees (half in Las Vegas headquarters, half in Kentucky)
        • #23 in FORTUNE MAGAZINE’s “100 Best Companies To Work For”
        • Highest debut for a newcomer in 2009
      • Zappos is “Powered by Service”
        • Providing the best online shopping experience possible.
        • Fast, Free Shipping. Free return shipping. 365-day return policy.
        • Fast fulfillment. Expedited delivery. Fast, friendly & expert customer service.
      • Best selection
        • Over 1,000 brands
        • 5 million items in warehouse
        • 100% of products inventoried (no drop ship).
      • Zappos is a service company that happens to sell clothing, shoes, handbags, eyewear, watches (and eventually a bunch of other stuff).
  • 5. Power of repeat customers and word of mouth...
  • 6. Owning the 3 C’s
      • C lothing
      • C ustomer Service
      • C ulture
  • 7. Clothing
  • 8. Customer Service
  • 9. Culture
  • 10. Owning the 3 C’s: C lothing, C ustomer Service, C ulture C ustomer Service C lothing C ulture
  • 11. Zappos Delivering Happiness (customers and employees)
    • “ People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
  • 12.
    • Building Great
  • 13.
    • “ Committable Core Values”
  • 14. Zappos Core Values
      • Deliver WOW Through Service
      • Embrace and Drive Change
      • Create Fun and a Little Weirdness
      • Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
      • Pursue Growth and Learning
      • Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
      • Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
      • Do More with Less
      • Be Passionate and Determined
      • Be Humble
  • 15.
    • “ That’s great for Zappos but it would never work at my company…”
  • 16.
    • It doesn’t matter what your core values are…as long as you commit to them.
  • 17.
    • VISION
    • “ Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.”
    • Does the vision have meaning?
    • Chase the vision, not the money…
  • 18. VISION
    • “ Don’t chase the paper, chase the dream.”
    • Sean Combs aka “Puff Daddy” to rapper
    • Biggie Smalls aka “Notorious B.I.G.”
    • in Notorious
    • “ What would you be passionate about doing for 10 years even if you never made a dime?”
  • 20. EMPLOYEES:
    • What’s the larger vision and greater purpose in their work beyond money or profits?
  • 21. VISION
    • vs.
  • 22. TAKE A STEP BACK What is your goal in life?
  • 23. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN LIFE? Grow Company Get a Great Job Boyfriend / Girlfriend Be Healthy Retire Early Make Money Find Soul Mate Run Faster Spend Time w/ Family Buy A Home Get Married Run A Marathon why? why? why? why? why? why? why? why? HAPPINESS why? why? why? why?
    • People are very bad at predicting what will bring them sustained happiness.
    • “ When I get ___, I will be happy.”
    • “ When I achieve ___, I will be happy.”
  • 25. HAPPINESS:
    • There is a SCIENCE behind many aspects of business including:
      • conversion
      • psychology of buying
      • direct marketing
      • customer acquisition metrics
      • repeat customer behavior, etc.
    • What if you spent just 10% of your time studying and learning the SCIENCE of HAPPINESS ?
    • How much HAPPIER could you be?
  • 26. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN LIFE? Grow Company Get a Great Job Boyfriend / Girlfriend Be Healthy Retire Early Make Money Find Soul Mate Run Faster Spend Time w/ Family Buy A Home Get Married Run A Marathon why? why? why? why? why? why? why? why? HAPPINESS why? why? why? why?
  • 27. A Few Different Frameworks of HAPPINESS
  • 28.
    • Perceived Control
    • Perceived Progress
    • Connectedness
    • Vision / Meaning
    • (Being part of something bigger than yourself)
  • 29. Maslow’s Hierarchy:
  • 30.
    • Rock Star
    • (Pleasure – chasing the next high)
    • Flow
    • (Engagement – time flies)
    • Meaning /Higher Purpose
    • (Being part of something bigger than yourself)
    3 TYPES OF HAPPINESS time time time
    • PEAK
    • Chip Conley
    • Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright
    • Tim Ferriss
    • Jonathan Haidt
  • 32. Put a little Zappos in your day… …some links to check out…
      • Follow me on Twitter: @zappos
      • (public mentions, employees)
      • - “How Twitter Can Make You a Better (And Happier) Person”
      • (photos & videos of culture)
      • (more information about us & core values)
      • (video Q&A, book recommendations)
      • (job opportunities)
  • 33. Put a little Zappos in your day… …to contact me or get a tour…
      • Email [email_address] for:
        • A copy of this presentation
        • Copies of our culture book
        • (need physical mailing address)
      • Go to for:
        • Tour of our offices when you’re next in Las Vegas
        • (takes about 45-60 minutes)
        • We’ll pick you up from the airport or your hotel in a Zappos Shuttle!
  • 34. Profits Passion Purpose GREAT BUSINESS
  • 35. HAPPINESS time time time GREAT BUSINESS Profits Passion Purpose Pleasure Passion Purpose
  • 36.
    • What % of your time do you want to spend learning about the SCIENCE of HAPPINESS?
    • How can the SCIENCE of HAPPINESS help your business, your brand, and yourself?
  • 37.
    • If the research shows that
    • vision / meaning / higher purpose
    • leads to happiness…
    • What is your company’s higher purpose?
    • What is your higher purpose?
  • 38. Delivering HAPPINESS
  • 39.
    • My new book is titled
    • “ Delivering Happiness”
    • To be published June 7, 2010
    • Pre-order on!
  • 40. Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh – CEO [email_address] Follow me on Twitter: zappos For Zappos HQ Tours, go to
  • 41.  
  • 42. Legal and Financial Disclaimer
      • P.S. You might be wondering why we need to have a legal and financial disclaimer in this presentation, but you are still reading, so our lawyers, auditors and accountants would really like to make sure we make the following clarifications.
      • Although an audit was underway and almost done, the financial information presented in this slide show was unaudited. We made every effort to present the best information we had at the time.
      • Gross merchandise sales is a non-GAAP metric. We use it to express the total demand across all of our web sites and stores. This number measures the dollar value of the orders placed in the year before accruing for certain items such as returns, and it ignores certain timing cut-offs that are required by GAAP for revenue recognition purposes. If we were a public company, we would have to reconcile gross merchandise sales to the nearest GAAP metric (net sales), but we are currently a private company so the gross merchandise sales number should be viewed just as an interesting number that we want to share with our friends.
      • This presentation contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they ever materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements and assumptions. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of economic slowdown, the risk of over or underbuying, the risk of consumers not shopping online or at our web site at the rate we expected, the risk of supplier shortages, the risk of new or growing competition, the risk of a natural or some other type of disaster affecting our fulfillment operations or web servers, and the risk of the world generally coming to an end. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements of expectation or belief; and any statement of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
      • Congratulations on making it through all the fine print. If you enjoy fine print, look for openings on our legal and finance team at .