Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to deliver Happiness talk at the
University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship will host Tony Hsieh, CEO of
Zappos.com, on Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. in the Hoff Theater, Stamp Student
Union at the University of Maryland. Hsieh will discuss his new book, “Delivering
Happiness,” which shows how using happiness as a framework can produce
profits, passion and purpose both in business and in life.
In 1999, at the age of 24, Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the
company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as
an adviser and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos grow
from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually,
while simultaneously making Fortune magazine’s annual “Best Companies to Work
For” list. Zappos was acquired by Amazon in November 2009 in a deal valued at
$1.2 billion on the day of closing.
Hsieh’s first book, “Delivering Happiness” debuted at No. 1 on the New York
Times Best-Seller list and has remained on the list every week since June 2010.
He will talk about how a very different kind of company culture is a powerful
model for achieving success; and how concentrating on the happiness of those
around you can dramatically increase your own. The event is free and open to the
He currently lives in Las Vegas and sort of has a cat.