Jeff Bezos wants to engage a new generation with promises of space, but for that he needs the right team on the spot.
Speaking at the JFK Space Summit in Boston on Wednesday, Bezos tackled some of the challenges he faces to hire talent at Blue Origin, the 19-year space travel company that plans to grow to 2,600 employees by the end of 2019.
"As a human being, it would be fun to see the results of your work earlier," Bezos said of Blue Origin's space venture. "You have to select the right people, people who passionately believe in the idea, who are willing to think long term, who know that God knows how to price their goods. things because they are difficult. "
Bezos has previously acknowledged that performing spaceflight and lunar exploration involves endeavors that require patience and long-term vision. Before the ninth Blue Origin rocket launch in July 2018, the company published a stimulating conversation that Bezos delivered to the workers, in which he recalled that they are "so close to putting humans in space."
But it's not all motivational speeches and moments of reflection. Bezos has been vocal about the use of fear to motivate the workforce in the Amazon. He notoriously wrote in a 1999 letter to shareholders that he wanted Amazon employees to "wake up every morning in terror." When he is hiring, he values the results in relation to intelligence, and says he wants to hire rebels and does not care that these people can be "a little boring" as co-workers.
And he may need to continue hiring dissidents if Blue Origin meets the ambitious plans that its founder made.
In early May, Bezos revealed new details about Blue Origin's lunar probe "Blue Moon", including a full-size model of the vehicle. The lunar probe developed in particular, a three-year project, was designed to send loads and eventually astronauts to the moon by 2024, a goal the Trump administration established for NASA. At the JFK Space Summit, Bezos provided more technological information about his Moon mission, explaining how his spacecraft will be powered by propellers made from the moon's icy surface.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com and founder of Blue Origin LLC, speaks at the inauguration of the Blue Origin New Shepard system during the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 5, 2017.
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