Jeff Bezos wants his company to offer mini-Amazons to companies needing a successful Web commerce tool. The technology that runs the popular shopping site may be its most valuable product offering. via [Wired News]
I think this makes a lot of sense. Internal Business Machines and National Cash Register were built on bringing new merchant technologies to small stores. The push to bring Mom & Pop stores onto the Web dried up with no real winners; while there’s plenty of technology available to technical people, there are millions of craftspeople who represent a real economic opportunity and force and who do not have a clear solution other than eBay, which isn’t quite the same.