AWS Startups Blog

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Startups on Air Hits HIMSS 2018

Over 40,000 attendees from every corner of healthcare descended upon Las Vegas last week for the annual HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference. Global Startup Evangelist Mackenzie Kosut took advantage of this massive event to talk to nine healthcare startups, weaving his way through the expo halls to chat with CEOs, CTOs, and heads of engineering for his Startups on Air video series.

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A girl uses Fender Play on her laptop.

Combining DynamoDB and Amazon Elasticsearch with Lambda

Michael Garski, Director of Platform Engineering at Fender Digital, shares why the combination of DynamoDB and AWS Elasticsearch is perfectly suited to Fender Play lesson content.

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The Smallpdf team at their offices in Zurich, Switzerland.

How to run a world-class website with a DevOps team of two

At last count, Smallpdf, the PDF conversion startup I work for, had roughly 13 million monthly users. As for the number of employees currently running our website? That would be 10—with only two employees focused on the backend and infrastructure. You might be curious to learn how we run such a processing intensive website with such a small DevOps team. Our little secret stands in automation and delegation.

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Launch your app with the AWS Startup Kit

The AWS Startup Kit is a set of resources designed to accelerate startups’ product development on AWS. A core component of the Startup Kit is a set of well-architected sample workloads that can be launched within minutes. These workloads, which reflect best practices for reliability, networking, and security, are supported by AWS CloudFormation templates and code published on GitHub. They easily can be extended to create a wide variety of applications.

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How to get started on AWS (From a dead standstill)

Want to build a database-backed website, or the backend to a mobile app? Set up a WordPress or Drupal site, or just use an Amazon S3 bucket to store files? You can do all this and much more on AWS, but first you’ll need to create an account and set it up. Let’s walk through how to do that from scratch—while following best practices and making sure your account is securely configured to take full advantage of all that AWS offers.

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AWS Global Evangelist Mackenzie Kosut interviews the founders of Cloud Conformity

Startups on Air: re:Invent Rendezvous

AWS’s annual re:Invent conference may not traditionally be known for its startup scene, but at this year’s iteration, Global Startup Evangelist Mackenzie Kosut took advantage of the massive event to chat with five hot startups for his Startups on Air video series.

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Building a Hotdog Detecting App on AWS—Yes, Really

In Season 4 of the hit HBO show, “Silicon Valley,” the character Jian Yang attempts to build an app that uses image recognition artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and label the foods in captured pictures. But there is a fairly major glitch: his app can only differentiate between hot dogs and… not hot dogs. Once I stopped laughing, the episode prompted a question that centers on my role as a Solutions Architect at AWS: How easily could I build my own hotdog identifying app? Turns out, pretty easily.

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Directly above flat lay flat lay shot of various medical supplies. Full frame shot of medicines placed with syringes and diagnostic tools. All are on gray background.

How medical supply startup Medinas is using serverless to tackle a $765 billion problem

Medinas was started to make sure every unit of medical supplies in the U.S. gets a second chance at being used before it expires. Our solution involves allowing medical facilities to sell their unused surpluses to other medical practices who can then put them to use. By algorithmically matching surpluses to existing demand on a custom marketplace, we create cost savings for all parties and simultaneously reduce the volume of supplies going to waste. But starting off in a challenging space isn’t easy.

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