Amazon.com, AM-ο-zon is a U.S. multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington, focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is one of the top five companies in the IT industry in the United States, along with Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook. The company has been referred to as "one of the most influential economic and cultural powers in the world", as well as the most valuable brand in the world. Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in Bellevie, Washington, on July 5, 1994. It began as an online book market but expanded to sell electronics, software, video games, clothing, furniture, food, toys and jewelry. In 2015, Amazon surpassed Wal-Mart as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market value. In 2017, Amazon acquired the Whole Foods market for $13.4 billion, significantly increasing its footprint as an actual retailer. In 2018, amazon Prime's two-day delivery service exceeded 100 million subscribers worldwide. Amazon is known to disrupt established industries through technological innovation and mega-scale. It is the world's largest online market, a assistive provider, a live streaming platform and a cloud computing platform as measured by revenue and market capital. Amazon is the world's largest internet company in terms of revenue. It is the second largest private company in the United States and one of the most valuable companies in the world. As of 1990 2020, Amazon has the highest rating of the global brand. Amazon distributes and broadcasts video, music and audio books downloads through its main video, Amazon Music, Twitch and Audible branches. Amazon also has an publishing arm, Amazon Publishing, film and television studio, Amazon Studios, cloud computing branch, Amazon Web Services. It produces consumer electronics including Electronic Firebird readers, Fire Tablets, Fire TV, and Echo devices. Acquisitions over the years include Ring, Twitch, Whole Foods Market and IMDb.