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In 1998, 24-year-old Tony Hsieh sold his company, Internet advertiser Link Exchange, to Microsoft for $265 million.

A year later, he met an even younger entrepreneur, Nick Swinmurn, who had an idea no investor would touch: selling shoes on the Internet.

The third section, Profits, Passion, and Purpose, covers Zappos sale to Amazon, as well as lessons Hsieh learned in public relations and public speaking.

Before the release of Delivering Happiness, Hsieh gave away free copies of the book to bloggers in exchange for a review and the ability to give away a free book.

Hsieh sees “delivering happiness” as a philosophy anyone can apply to business and all other areas of life (while wearing good shoes, of course).

Learning to Walk Tony Hsieh grew up in Marin County, which lies across the Golden Gate Bridge to the north of San Francisco.

Tony Hsieh (pronounced “shay”) became a multimillionaire in 1998, at age 24, by selling his first internet start-up firm to Microsoft for 5 million.