Amazon Acquires Woot; Woot CEO Pens Best Acquisition Letter Ever
from the earning-a-living-on-snarky-commentary-and-junk dept
It appears that Amazon is expanding by trying to buy up cool e-commerce companies that have unique and fun cultures that its fans love. I would imagine there are worse strategies out there. We already covered how Amazon bought Zappos, with the company culture playing an important role in the decision-making. Now Amazon has bought Woot (a site, I should admit, that I have a bit of an addiction to). And unlike the lame corporate-speak note that Zappos put out when it was acquired, Woot has handled the announcement in true Woot-like fashion with perhaps the best CEO letter you’ll ever read about an acquisition. Here’s just an excerpt:
Over the next few days, you will probably read headlines that say “Matt Rutledge revealed to be monstrous pseudo-human creation of Jeff Bezos.” You might even see this photo making the rounds. Rest assured that these rumors have nothing to do with our final decision. We think now is the right time to join with Amazon because, quite simply, every company that becomes a subsidiary gets two free downloads until the end of July, and we very much need that new thing with Trent Reznor’s wife on our iPods.
Other than that, we plan to continue to run Woot the way we have always run Woot — with a wall of ideas and a dartboard. From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture. Nevertheless, don’t worry that our culture will suddenly take a leap forward and become cutting-edge. We’re still going to be the same old bottom-feeders our customers and readers have come to know and love, and each and every one of their pre-written insult macros will still be just as valid in a week, two weeks, or even next year. For Woot, our vision remains the same: somehow earning a living on snarky commentary and junk.
We are excited about doing this for all sorts of reasons. One, our business model is so vague that there’s no way Amazon can possibly change what it is we’re truly doing: preparing the way for the rise of the Lava Men in 2012….
And then there’s this lovely rap video Woot staff put together to explain the acquisition. The video even ends by noting “the preceding video does not represent the view or opinions of Amazon.com. Obviously.” Let’s just say that it’s not your standard bland “hey we’ve been acquired” announcement:
Filed Under: acquisitions
Companies: amazon, woot
Comments on “Amazon Acquires Woot; Woot CEO Pens Best Acquisition Letter Ever”
WOOT sold everything in one deal.
Bag of Crap that is.
So far Amazon has yet to screw up any of it’s acquired companies, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the Little Company outside of Dallas.
0 bags of crap, but lots of other Woots.
I missed another woot-off?
This is great
I don’t know what will happen with Woot and if Amazon would do them good or not, but it clearly shows that Amazon knows with who to make business, by taking a company with a sharp thinking, and realistic observation, like the one proven here in this letter.
I loved it. wishing them great luck and success.
I tried to upvote this.
Where is the H?
What are Woot all about? I can’t get near enough to find out, allergic as I am to attention-whoring.
They sell cheap stuff cheap.
the day after the sell themselves to amazon they are selling the kindle? lulz
a fish, a barrel, a gun...
flash in the panned that…
THIS is media-mania, media on media and MUD in yer eye..
this is NOT your mother’s miltary-industrail complex , kid. It anti even Kansas.
woot? this is the communication revolution?
betcha problems with property (monopoly, ownership, control) in the supply eco start slapping ’em hard, too.
Was shipping just $5 on the deal?
Today’s Woot Offering is a $149 Kindle. $40 off the current price.
That was a serious Woot Off. I wonder how much it sold for? Or maybe it was in one of the Random Bags of Crap.
Wait for whatever the contracts that were signed by the “big wigs,” to expire. I have lived through two corporate acquisitions. When that contract signed at purchase expires, things will change. They always do. They always come in with the “nothing will change” speech, saying “we want that uniqueness that is .” But the sad truth is that a VERY HIGH percentage of corporate acquisitions are made to remove the competition.
They will be assimilated! 🙂
Nice witty letter.
In light of this weeks events, how prophetic was this? Amazing.