Did Jeff Bezos have to endure a dreaded “performance improvement plan” after the Fire Phone fiasco?Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

It is obviously far too early to tell what sort of damage has been done to Jeff Bezos and Amazon by the sensational exposé about its punishing corpora(...)

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com: “Our culture is friendly and intense, but if push comes to shove we’ll settle for intense.” Photographer: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

Last week, after a long period of stupidity from the corporate world, three astonishingly sensible things passed over my screen all at once. Two of th(...)

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said the ‘New York Times’ article “doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day”. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Rarely has one company’s corporate culture come under such sustained scrutiny as Amazon’s did this past week. It began last weekend with a huge New Yo(...)

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has defended his company after allegations of employee cruelty made by the New York Times. Photograph: Getty Images

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has defended his company after allegations of employee cruelty made by the New York Times. In a rare com(...)

Jeff Bezos: The Amazon founder and chief executive  went on the defensive  following a damning expose by the New York Times. Photograph: Bloomberg

Who’d work for Amazon? After spending recent years dodging criticism over its treatment of staff in its warehouses (or “fulfilment centres” in company(...)

Jeff Bezos urged his 180,000 employees to give the ‘New York Times’ article “a careful read” but said it “doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day”. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Amazon has said it would not tolerate the “shockingly callous management practices” described in a weekend article in the New York Times. Jeff Bezos,(...)

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos: Twenty years ago, he started the tech giant in his basement.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It’s hard to imagine a time when buying online was not only possible but a perfectly acceptable way of shopping. These days, it’s commonplace to downl(...)

A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber  app. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

At some point in the future, the current generation of 30-somethings will be able to regale their children with tales of times gone by, when trying to(...)

Nothing exemplifies the recent market madness in China better than the case of online video stock Beijing Baofeng Technology.  Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Hedge fund fees are a joke. Often, so is the criticism of hedge fund fees. Take the faux outrage that greeted last week’s Institutional Investor annou(...)

Ron Johnson, left, with co-workers. His company, Enjoy, is hoping to knock Amazon off its perch as the leader of online shopping. photograph: peter earl mccollough/new york times

There are two ways for start-ups to take on Amazon, the reigning monarch of US online shopping.One is to mount a frontal attack: Raise hundreds of mil(...)