A very interesting read about life at Amazon and Google from Steve Yegge (ex Amazon, now Google)
Steve posted this on Google+ publicly when it was intended as an internal message. Steve talks about the difference between Amazon and Google and how Amazon turned their technology stack into a platform.
Here are a few links to the post, just in case any get removed – also they have different comments.
At Caplin, we are not really in the same game as Google or Amazon, but we have a platform that our customers take and build on, as opposed to an online platform that customers use.