AWS Startups Blog

Category: An Insider’s View

A chart that helps us determine if we should work in a coffee shop or an incubator.

Coffee Shop or Incubator? Build Your Next Startup in the Right Place

It’s not that the days of the apocryphal garage startup are completely over. But let’s be honest: who even has a garage anymore? You are far more likely to find the next wave of startup entrepreneurs building out world-changing ideas in a co-working space, or within the supportive arms of an incubator or accelerator. The […]

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Disaster Recovery Preset

Large scale disaster recovery using AWS regions

Guest post by Senthilkumar Ramaswamy, Lead Architect at Sprinklr and Rakesh Pillai, DevOps Lead Engineer at Sprinklr At Sprinklr, we help the largest brands in the world with marketing, advertising, research, care, and commerce via our unified customer experience management platform.  Integrated with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and 22 other social channels globally, our platform uses […]

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Startup Battlefield Winners Pi on Presentation Prep, Picking Co-Founders, and Mastering Live Demos

Sometimes going first can have its advantages. Pi, a tech startup based in San Bruno, California that produces wireless charging devices, won the grand prize at the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2017. The first of the 22 competitors to give their presentation, Pi impressed two rounds of judges with their device’s ability to charge up […]

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AI or die: Why companies must invest in AI

Post by Roy Ben-Alta, AWS Business Development for data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence If you ask 100 people for the definition of “artificial intelligence,” you’ll get at least 100 answers, if not more. At AWS, we define it as a service or system that can perform tasks that usually require human-level intelligence such as […]

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Demystifying the ecosystem in China

China is a highly active market with 3,683 early stage investments totaling $20.2 billion in 2016. It’s hard to believe that in just 13 years, China has transitioned from a country that established its first ever VC fund (IDG venture China) to the world’s second largest breeding ground of unicorns (39, just behind the US). […]

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The Israeli recipe (and no, it isn’t for hummus this time)

By Noam Kaiser, VC Business Development, AWS Israel is a startup superpower. You probably already knew that, but some of these facts and figures might surprise you: Population: 8.06 million people[1] Hi-tech exports account for 45% of GDP[2] Technology companies: 5,720[3] 1 in 12 startups globally is Israeli, making it the country with the highest […]

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The Alexa Fund and the new Alexa Accelerator

By Rodrigo Prudencio, The Alexa Fund Just over 18 months ago, we set out to build Amazon’s first dedicated corporate venture capital fund with the same mindset of any new Amazon experiment: Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History. And we’re doing just that. The Alexa Fund, with an initial $100MM investment commitment, has already made […]

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Ensuring your investments invest in the right technology

As an investor you’ve developed an exceptional ability to invest in the right startups. These companies combine proven business models with a solid technical foundation to build some of the most exciting products around the world. But how do you ensure your investments are investing in the right technology?   Making the wrong technical choices early on can bring on technical debt that […]

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