Lots of big news today, but the story that has people talking from Seattle to New York to Washington to Nashville (and probably a lot of other places) is Amazon's announcement that it won't built half of its HQ2 second headquarters in New York after all.

It's a stunning move. And I can't think of it without also considering Jeff Bezos's decision last week to publish a Medium post claiming that the parent company of the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him.

Both moves are bold, unexpected decisions that upend everything. This time there are so many things to consider. Things like:

I suppose the winner in this whole thing might be Nashville, which got the consolation prize in the HQ2 sweepstakes to start -- even though Amazon says this isn't like Miss America, where the runner up simply takes over for the original winner.

Still, Bezos and Amazon just provide one thing: This is a founder, and a company, that thinks changing its mind and doing unexpected things is no vice.

Here's what else I'm reading today:

Also: Washington and Lincoln never used to read email newsletters...
So in their honor, we'll be taking Monday off for President's Day.

Published on: Feb 15, 2019
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