When I was at the University, the professor asked us to come up with a new invention, so I dutifully did my assignment and came up with two: A catsup bottle holder that would hold the bottle upside down so all the catsup could be used and an electronic door key.
So several years later, I saw my invention for the catsup bottle holder in a restaurant (draining the contents of one nearly empty bottle into a more full one) and, of course, we all know about electronic door keys. My ideas were ahead of our time.
I can never prove it, but I'm pretty sure that he was taking the best of the class assignments and making money on them by getting patents.
In these days, when pharmaceutical companies can patent your DNA right out from under you (speaking of those non disclosure agreements and the woman who finally won the first case after her DNA was used for a cancer cure), giving any potentially lucrative idea to an entrepreneur during an interview is shooting yourself in the foot, whether you need the job or not.
My son worked for Amazon.com in Seattle and it was a miserable job which was just a bit on the shady side. Our illustrious Mr. Bezos may be innovative and gives the public what it wants with advanced technology, but he also does have manic depressive disorder, which can lead to some quite problematic situations if you have any sort of relationship. I've worked for the severely mentally ill and it is (and I'm being serious here) totally crazy. You would not believe....
My answer to the question to Jeff Bezos would be (since I'm happily retired and absolutely do not need a job) is, "Have you taken your meds?".
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