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Mikey Tom

Author: Mikey Tom

Mikey works on the AWS Startup Marketing team to help highlight awesome founders leveraging the AWS ecosystem in interesting ways. Prior to his time at AWS, Mikey led the venture capital coverage at PitchBook, researching and writing about industry trends and events.

Carlabs Brings AI-Based Customer Service to the Auto Industry

Founded in 2015, Carlabs.ai offers an artificial intelligence-based customer service platform for the auto industry. Previously, car manufacturers had little contact with the end user. They’d sell the cars to a dealer, who then would do the customer interaction work. Consumers these days all want a direct connection with a brand, and that connection is what Carlabs.ai helps facilitate.

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Renovo Helps Autonomous Vehicle Companies Manage Their Mountains of Data

While data is extremely important in all technology industries, this importance is perhaps taken to another level with autonomous driving. Autonomous vehicles, for example, will generate roughly four to five terabytes of data an hour, meaning a fleet of 2,000 cars will generate more data a day than Facebook. That’s per Chris Heiser, Co-Founder and CEO of Renovo, a startup built to help companies process these new streams of data.

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Want to Launch Your Startup in China? Get to Know the Market First

Thanks to the pervasiveness of WeChat, the growth of Didi Chuxing, and the massive scale of giants like Alibaba and Tencent, everyone seemingly now wants to get in on the action with Chinese startups. Before before anyone can dive into the Chinese market, noted GSR Ventures Partner Yuechen Zhao at a recent AWS event in San Francisco, it’s important to understand what drives China, and how it is different from other markets around the world.

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Deliveroo Leverages AWS to Quickly Ship New Products

From PR to production, the Deliveroo Application Platform needs to get developers’ code into running containers as quickly and safely as possible. Check out the above talk from re:Invent 2018 to hear from Ben Cordero, Senior Software Engineer at Deliveroo, about his team’s process for safely shipping software with support for automatic rollbacks, service scaling and configuration management. We also caught up with Cordero to learn a bit more about Deliveroo, his role specifically, and how the team utilizes AWS to power its food-delivery platform.

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Warung Pintar brings tech-enabled stalls to street vendors

Founded in 2017, Warung Pintar offers street vendors tech-enabled stalls that include internet connectivity for customers, a digital POS system, LCD displays, and more. The Jakarta-based startup has raised roughly $35 million in total equity funding, which includes a $27.5 million round announced in January. Check out the above video interview of CTO and Co-founder Sofian Hadiwajiya to learn more about Warung Pintar and what’s next for one of Indonesia’s hottest startups.

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Making Developers’ Lives Easier with GitLab VP Brandon Jung

In any industry, efficiency is key. This goes double for developers, who are always looking for new ways to streamline their processes, from design to development to product support. With the introduction of Git, developers are better able to track changes in files and coordinate working on those files among multiple people, making DevOps easier, as well as developers’ lives. According to Brandon Jung, VP Alliances at GitLab, this is just the beginning.

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Hiber Offers Global IoT Connectivity Through its Network of Custom Small Satellites

Based in Amsterdam, Hiber is building a global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity hub that is linked together by a network of small satellites. Per co-founder Ernst Peter Hovinga, current GSM providers only offer IoT connectivity in less than 10% of the world, leaving industries such as agriculture and mining in a tough spot. Check out the video interview of Hovinga to learn how Hiber and its custom built satellites aim to be a low-cost solution to connecting the rest of the world.

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