Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Delivering a Melbourne Workshop

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Next week, Tony Hsieh, renowned CEO of the world’s largest online shoe store, Zappos, is making an extremely rare appearance in Melbourne at a special Business Chicks workshop event on 16 February. The Sydney event on 14 February is already sold out.

One of the best known names in online retail, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, is paying his first visit to Australia to deliver an exclusive workshop in Melbourne and Sydney next week for the Business Chicks network. The Sydney event on 14 February is sold out, but there are still (at the time of posting) tickets available for the Melbourne event next Thursday, 16 February. A true darling of the digital entrepreneur set, Hsieh (pronounced ‘Shay’) sold his first company, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for US$265 million at the age of 24.

Those such as I who have read Hsieh’s bestselling book, Delivering Happiness, will know that after the sale of LinkExchange he found himself investing in a fledgling online shoe business, with a friend who posted pictures of shoes online, and when an order came in he’d rush out and buy them from the retailer and ship them to the customer.

That kernel of entrepreneurial spirit was shaped by Tony Hsieh to become Zappos, the world’s biggest online shoe store and an icon of customer service excellence. Though Zappos was sold to Amazon for US$1.2 billion, Hsieh remains at the helm as CEO and as hands on as ever. A group of Power Retail readers visited the Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas last year, where Hsieh occupies a humble cubicle in the heart of the colourful, vibrant offices (humility is a core value of Zappos).

The upcoming Melbourne workshop is a rare opportunity to hear from a true business visionary, and tickets are likely to sell out. It is a members only event for the Business Chicks network.

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Mural Hall, Level 6 in the Myer Melbourne Building on Bourke Street. Tickets are $299 for Premium Business Chicks Members and $349 for Basic Members.

For further details or to book, click here.

Grant Arnott

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Grant Arnott is publisher of Power Retail. Other hats include Co-Founder of Click Frenzy, Global Head of The Media Pad, and adoptive father of a fast-growing Golden Retriever. Grant has a specialist business publishing background spanning more than a decade, and contributes regularly to a multitude of print and digital business media. Follow Grant on Twitter and Google+ or connect with him through LinkedIn

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