Breakfast Octopus

Go ahead and read these two paragraphs (go ahead, I’ll wait for you):

So there sat Bezos at the breakfast table, faced with a question for which he was apparently unprepared. Many painful seconds passed without an answer. Rutledge let the pause lengthen as long as he could bear it and was just about to tell his host to forget it, when Bezos finally spoke. 

He looked down at his plate. Bezos had ordered a dish called Tom’s Big Breakfast, a preparation of Mediterranean octopus that includes potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and a poached egg. “You’re the octopus that I’m having for breakfast,” Rutledge remembers Bezos saying. “When I look at the menu, you’re the thing I don’t understand, the thing I’ve never had. I must have the breakfast octopus.”

It’s from a fascinating profile of Woot founder Matt Rutledge, and the story of Woot’s founding, its sale to Amazon, and Rutledge’s future endeavors. I’d say it’s worth a read, but I suspect you’re already reading it.

 

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