Ex-Amazon employee Mike Daisey waited the requisite year for his nondisclosure agreement to expire. Then he launched a one-man show, "21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com."
It sold out its spring run in Seattle and will head to New York City this month. A book is due next year. Fortune magazine went to Daisey for "tips on how the dissed and the gruntled can achieve a healthy catharsis," and a few of them follow:
- Don't hold back. "What they are is a cult," Daisey said of Amazon. "They take people and give them a belief system that they're owners in startup mode, and, if we invest as much blood and tears in the company (as they did,) they'll stand behind us."
- Employ salient facts. "Added together, all the money including stock, divided by total hours - I made about $6 an hour."
- Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. Daisey confesses that he wrote to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos frequently while worked there. The letters "read like a hybrid between an indictment and a really bad issue of Tiger Beat. They're all love letters. I think in a very real sense I'm in love with Jeff Bezos."