If you hoped to hear the winner of Amazon's second headquarters on Thursday, try the next time. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the decision about winner of the company's second headquarters will not be announced Thursday during his interview at the Economic Club Washington DC
"The answer is very easy, "said Bezos to David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington DC and co-founder of the Carlyle Group." We will answer the decision by the end of the year. "
Bezos pointed out that his team at Amazon is working hard to choose the final winner of HQ2, but refused to share further information about the process. The company announced earlier 20 finalists, including Washington DC, North Virginia and Montgomery Country, Maryland.
"We'll be there," he said.
Bezos also shared more details about his new $ 2 billion philanthropic fund announced Thursday. The fund, named for helping homeless families and creating new kindergartens, will soon begin to "hire an executive team" to drive the forsky who will be d torn by Bezos himself, he said.
The size of the fund can potentially grow in the future, He adds, and emphasizes that the initiative is still on "Day One". When the fund expires and the team learns more about the business, Bezos said it would expand, as most other businesses have done before.
"I believe in the power of walking," said Bezos. "All my best decisions in business and life have been made with heart, intuition, intestines ̵
Bezos said that Microsoft was an important factor in his decision to launch Amazon in Seattle when he founded the company. He said that he was particularly interested in Microsoft's technical talent at the time when Microsoft was known to have some of the most technically advanced workforce.
"I found Amazon in Seattle because of Microsoft," he said. "It's not a complete coincidence – there's some connection there."
When asked to give back, Bezos said plans to spend a lot of money in an ideal model. But he also added that he will invest a lot of money in something rational investors would say is a "very bad investment," as his space exploration company Blue Origin.
"If I can not make Blue Origin a for-profit thing, I might convert it to nonprofit any distant point in the future, but I do not want it," says Bezos. "I want it to be a thriving ecosystem like UPS and FedEx. "