Tony Hsieh took solid brands and made them bigger, better, happier and more inspiring. He did it famously with Zappos, once a website called ShoeSite.com that he acquired and built into a brand acquired by Amazon in 2012 for $1.2 billion.
Then, he did it with downtown Las Vegas. Building on his philosophy of business focused on happiness (he authored the book, “Delivering Happiness”), he turned the lesser known area of Las Vegas into a buzzing, bustling hub of creativity and community, driven by the same focus and values that made Zappos a huge success and a beloved brand.
Hsieh died on Nov. 27 in Bridgeport, Conn., from injuries suffered in a house fire.
In 2014, he took to the stage at Signal and shared the story behind these journeys. Remember him with us in this talk that shows a leader who cared about the well-being of customers, employees and people in general: