And if he feels strongly about something but can’t get support from his team, he has a strategy: he’ll say, “I want you to gamble with me on this.” That way, he says, people who disagree may commit to his vision anyway.
Bezos was interviewed on stage by Jenny Freshwater, Amazon’s director of forecasting and capacity planning. In the midst of the interview, a female protester rushed onto the stage to shout about the welfare of chickens used by an Amazon chicken supplier. She was quickly intercepted and escorted off the stage.
Animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere later said she is a member — that’s the same group that disrupted California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris at a Democratic forum in San Francisco less than a week earlier.
Bezos said one reason he’s so interested in sending people to earth’s closest neighbor is because of its abundance of resources. Ice in moon craters is especially valuable, he noted, as it could be used to make rocket propellant, and it takes a fraction of the energy to lift a pound off of the moon as it does off of the earth.
“To do big things in space we need to use in-space resources,” he said. “So the moon is great.”
Might the moon also serve as a home for one of Amazon’s many fulfillment centers, which are used to pick and pack items sent out to customers, Freshwater asked?
“I hadn’t really contemplated that,” Bezos said. “We’ll start out delivering liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. It’s going to be a small selection. But a very important one.”