Amazon Picks Up Social Expertise Through Talent Acquisition

Amazon has not been on the forefront of social shopping experiences, but that could change. Geekwire reports that the e-commerce giant has hired several team members from Quorus, a small Seattle start-up focused on building social shopping and marketing technologies for retailers and brands. Quorus co-founders Logan Bowers, who was previously at Zillow and Expedia, and Michael Dougherty, formerly co-founder of Redfin, have been hired along with other employees. An Amazon spokesperson has not replied to an email seeking comment.


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