Amazon is a multinational technology company, employs over 750,000 people. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. There are other warehouses around the globe and affiliated offices. Amazon is widely recognized as one the "Big Four Tech Companies" and has been called one of the most influential economic, cultural forces in the world. Amazon began as an online bookstore in 1994. It has since grown to offer a large selection of products from almost every shopping category.