Is Amazon Good for Small Business?
Intelligence Squared - Is Amazon Good for Small Business?
Amazon has come a long way since online book sales. In fact, when it comes to revenue, Jeff Bezos’ creation is the world’s biggest internet-based company. But what makes the "everything store" so ubiquitous? In large part, it’s the small and medium-sized businesses that use the platform to sell their goods. This year, more than 1.9 million of these businesses participated in its marketplace, which accounted for some 60 percent of Amazon's retail sales. But was it ultimately good for them? In the midst of this historic transition in shopping, that's our debate: Is Amazon good for small business?
MOTION: AMAZON IS GOOD FOR SMALL BUSINESS
FOR THE MOTION
Mark Jamison, Economist, American Enterprise Institute
Kunal Chopra, Tech Executive & Former Amazon GM
AGAINST THE MOTION
Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist, Financial Times & Author, "Don't Be Evil"
Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and a leading strategist working on issues related to Amazon, e-commerce, and small business in America today