Amazon’s epic year

Amazon HQ

The view from inside an Amazon building in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

2017 has been the year of Amazon.

On a Friday morning in June, the world woke up to the shocking news that Amazon had agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in a move that immediately upended an entire industry. And somehow that wasn’t even the company’s biggest story of the year.

Amazon made countless headlines at GeekWire and in news outlets around the globe 2017 thanks to a dizzying array of big moves that would represent years of activity for most big tech companies. Amazon has added more than 235,000 employees over the last four quarters, and in 2017, its stock price has risen more than 53 percent.

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