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Tony Hsieh: Appreciates Nevada for its ‘endless possibilities’


Steve Marcus

Tony Hsieh, CEO of, talks about ideas for downtown redevelopment at a Zappos condo in the Ogden in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, June 7, 2012.

With the close of 2013, here is the next in our series of Q&As with 13 prominent Nevada personalities, who were asked to answer 13 questions in 13 or fewer words.

Tony Hsieh, CEO,

Living or dead, what person do you admire the most?

No single person; drawn to people who are passionate about something.

What is the best quality you like about a person?

Many: Passion, being true, self-aware, curious, creative, humble, learning, positive attitudes.

What are you currently reading?

"Future Perfect" by Steven Johnson

How do you prefer to get your news and literature — digital or hard copy?


What is your most recognizable characteristic?

I'm usually pretty quiet and shy until you get to know me.

Which words or phrases do you overuse?


What makes you happy?

The number and depth of relationships, and building stuff.

What is your most prized possession?

My MacBook Air.

What is your most embarrassing moment as a prominent figure?

I’m bad at names and faces. It's embarrassing when I can't remember someone.

If you could make up the Nevada state motto, what would it be?

"Endless Possibilities"

What is your greatest accomplishment in 2013?

Getting more people to live in downtown Vegas.

Any regrets this past year?

Not having enough time to hang out more with my friends.

What is your top priority moving into 2014?

Getting Zappos and Downtown Project to be more self-organized so we scale.

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