What really fosters creativity in a ‘creative’ workspace? Anil Dash asked his readers as well as several innovators in the tech industry, including Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect of Microsoft (and the father of Lotus Notes), Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and Pierre Omidyar of eBay to reveal some of the workplace inspiration that helped get them where they are now. From the music they played to the (generally crappy) furniture they bought, the tech giants offer a glimpse into their creative environments before and amidst their big breakthroughs, including Ray Ozzie’s soundtrack of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood, and Soul to Soul, and Jeff Bezos’ “Costco swivel chairs.”

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