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The Piggy Back Ride

Zappos interns, Zappos Internship program, college interns, Zappos campus, Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

So, yeah. That happened. 

Let me give you some context: My Zappos mentor, Thomas has me and my fellow “mentees” write down 10 weekly goals every Monday; 5 job-related, 5 culture-related. When the week of our Q&A with MAFT (our internal acronym for  our top execs: Mike, Arun, Fred, and Tony) came up, Thomas challenged me to think of especially difficult goals. Hmm, what could be stranger than taking a photo of myself giving Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh a piggyback ride? 

So, while all the interns were waiting to grill MAFT with a ton of questions Tony entered the room and I knew this is my chance! I had been thinking of a smooth way to ask a man that's worth millions of dollars to hop onto my back for a picture and, this is how it went: 

Me: Hey Tony, nice to meet you. I'm Josh, an intern in the Strategic Planning department.

Tony: Hey.

Me: Do you think we could take a picture together?

Tony: Sure…

Me: Wait, I have a weird request. Can we take the picture with you on my back?

Tony: Uhhh. Sure… I guess so. I don't want to hurt you though.

Me: Don't worry, just jump on!

Super smooth, I know. But there you have it! My most memorable moment at Zappos: when my net worth skyrocketed for about 30 seconds.

Shout out to everyone who made this happen: Tony, Thomas, Raphi, AGB, and “Ting Jung” (iPad Mini).

--Josh Kim

Corporate Strategy Intern


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Aug 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm jennifer247850 said:

That's funny stuff right there! lol

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Sep 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm Bweis13 said:

Again, one more reason to love this company! For an intern to feel comfortable enough to ask, and a CEO who actually LETS you give him a piggyback ride and be photographed... Wow, I'm so happy for anyone who gets to work or intern there! I hope all of you continue to bring that kind of fun and awesome weirdness into the workplace. I'm blown away! You guys are brilliant.

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