The Wild Man

Updated Oct 30, 2009

For those of us who like the good food that nature provides just dandy on its own, it’s often uplifting to read about anyone who gives up a job in an Amazon cubicle to do something like…um, foraging for a living. Langdon Cook nails the reason things go bad. Going public (to get bigger and richer instead of better) is right up there:

Cook recalls company-wide e-mails where employees openly debated policies with CEO Jeff Bezos. “That didn’t last,” he says. When Amazon went public, things changed. Friends were fired without warning, priorities shifted towards the bottom line. It wasn’t fun any more.

Read: Into the Wild