Amazon.com’s founder, Jeff Bezos, keeps saying that he wants to revolutionize package delivery by using drones. Skeptics snicker, but Bezos won’t back down. Does he realize how much controversy may lie ahead? It sure looks like it, based on a peek at Amazon’s latest job listings.
I’ve been covering Amazon since 1998, and I’ve learned that when the company is being coy about how it plans to bring a new initiative to life, the best place to look for insights is on the Careers tab of Amazon’s website. After all, outsiders can be kept in the dark, but job candidates need to know what skills are needed and how they might be used.
This time, as usual, the job listings don’t disappoint. There are some interesting details to glean from the engineering postings, such as the fact that the drone development team will be based in San Francisco (not in Amazon’s Seattle headquarters), or that Amazon right now is more concerned about building out its expertise in software, rather than hardware.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com