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Tony Hsieh

What’s Your Favorite App, Tony Hsieh?

AppNewser asked, What’s Favorite App, Tony Hsieh?

The author and CEO of Zappos picked Instagram because ”It’s quick, it’s easy, and requires very little time commitment on my part.”

Welcome to our new column, What’s Your Favorite App?, a new feature where we talk to media professionals, journalists and authors about what kinds of apps they are using in hopes of helping readers discover new apps.

Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com and author of the bestselling book Delivering Happiness, uses the app on his iPhone. Hsieh runs the site Downtownproject.com, “a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.” His Instagram username is Downtowntony. His profile includes photos of Las Vegas, as well as shots of architecture, food and drinks.

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Tony Hsieh’s Book Will Be Adapted As Digital Comic Book

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, a book from Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh is getting a new life. The book is coming out as a comic book, which will include a digital version.

The upcoming release comes from a partnership with Corey Michael Blake, CEO of Round Table Companies. Round Table Companies will adapt the book by illustrating the concepts of merging business and life. Hsieh’s book shares different lessons he has learned in business and life and highlights his rise to dot-com success and beyond.  In the book, Hsieh tells the story about how he built Zappos.com and sold it to Amazon for more than $1 billion by focusing on “delivering happiness.”

The comic book is slated for a March 2012 release.

SXSWi Keynotes: Hsieh Proselytizes, Silver Wonks Out

BusinessWeek‘s Stephen Baker interviews political prediction prodigy, FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver in a Sunday keynote at SXSW (via)

Toothless: That was the assessment of many in the 1,000+ audience to hear Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh‘s opening remarks Saturday at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive festival. Known in the tech set for its “customer service above all” ethos, Zappos.com is considered a model by many for its early embrace of Twitter to fuel customer service, and for its emphasis on transparency.

In an address with a hearty helping of self-help, Hsieh told the crowd he turns reporters loose when they come to visit the company for a story. “We believe so strongly in our culture, we’re not afraid of what employees will say,” he enthused, describing the “weirdness” and individuality Zappos seeks in employees. “If [reporters] talk to three different employees, they’ll get three different answers to what it’s like to work at Zappo’s.” Given Hsieh’s fanatical-sounding approach to recruitment and training in the interest of alignment, this reporter finds that tough to believe. All that indoctrination doesn’t seem like the recipe for the diversity Hsieh was touting. We found ourselves wishing the format for Hsieh had been an interview with a tech/business journalist who could ask him pointed questions about what happens when the economy takes a dive and people are clinging to their jobs like life rafts — can the same sincerity and singularity of purpose persist when employees are forced to consider the bottom line in their own lives?

What of FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver, number-crunching ingenue and presidential prediction prodigy?

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