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Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to Talk Urban Renewal

Posted by Chris Gruber on August 8, 2014


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Tony Hsieh, Zappo's CEO and Philanthropist
Lecture and Dialogue with Geoffrey West
sponsored by St. John's College, Creative Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Institute
September 3, 2014 
6 - 7:30 p.m.
James A. Little Theater
NM School For The Deaf 

1060 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505

In 2011, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas' downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else. His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into a thriving, vibrant, and connected urban core. Hsieh will discuss his ambitious project, successes and challenges along the way, and lessons Santa Fe might learn from this extraordinary urban experiment.

Following the short lecture, Hsieh will join SFI Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West for a freewheeling discussion on the science of cities — which West has described as "cauldrons of innovation, ideas, and wealth creation." This event is hosted by St. John's College, Creative Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Institute. Tickets are required and are available through Tickets Santa Fe and at the Lensic box office, or by calling 505.988.1234.  We expect this event to sell out quickly.

About Tony Hsieh:
In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped the company grow to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune magazines annual Best Companies to Work For list. In November 2009,, Inc. was acquired by in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing. 
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