AWS Startups Blog

Category: Startup Spotlight

Reshma Sohoni of Seedcamp

Seedcamp’s Reshma Sohoni: “Global means something different now”

For Reshma Sohoni, the co-founder and managing partner of London-based investment fund Seedcamp, the window for which startups can go global is getting shorter and shorter. What she tells companies funded by Seedcamp, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is that before they decide to grow internationally, they need to know who or what they […]

Read More
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.

Read More
Michelle Kennedy, CEO of Peanut, sitting on a couch.

Peanut Co-founder and CEO Michelle Kennedy on fast growth, working with male VCs, and appealing to moms

As the CEO and co-founder of Peanut, a social networking app for new mothers, Michelle Kennedy knows a thing or two about growing a company from scratch. Not only has the app—which only launched in February 2017—already struck a chord with countless mom groups online and with the media, but it’s also facilitated over 10 million […]

Read More
Arth Labs CEO

Arth Labs CEO Gautam Ivatury on what he’s learned from founding seven startups

“It’s got to be a sickness or in my DNA.” That’s how Arth Labs Co-founder and CEO Gautam Ivatury describes his penchant for launching startups. Since starting his first company at 22 during the first Dotcom boom and bust, he’s since gone on to start six other companies, including Arth Labs in January 2017. Naturally, […]

Read More
Enfuce Financial

Monika Liikamaa, CEO of Enfuce Financial Services: “Regulators are people too.”

Regulators are people too. That’s what Monika Liikamaa, CEO of Enfuce Financial Services, wants to remind other founders who complain about meeting the strict standards of financial services regulators. “You have to be able to understand their concerns,” she says. “People are people, and they just want to feel secure that if they give a person a ‘go,’ the person they say okay to knows what they’re doing.” With Enfuce, the first infrastructure payments platform to run banks and financial institutions in a public cloud, Liikamaa’s solution to navigating the compliance process is doing her homework. For more from Liikamaa, including how she decides what features Enfuce should build and how she sees the banking industry evolving, listen here.

Read More

Tim Draper on why he thinks entrepreneurs should travel the world

Tim Draper is perhaps one of the world’s foremost proponents of Bitcoin. “It’s an exciting time for us bitcoin-ers,” the Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Draper Associates founding partner recently told AWS Startups. “In five years, you’re going to try to pay in fiat currency at Starbucks and they’re going to laugh at you.” In addition […]

Read More
Muzzley App

Web Summit 2017: Data analytics startup Muzzley embodies Lisbon spirit

Lisbon is stepping up its game when it comes to attracting startups. Following the country’s $83 billion bailout by the European Union in 2011, the city—now in its second year of hosting the popular European tech conference Web Summit—is welcoming back the youth that fled the city during the downturn and encouraging new entrepreneurship with […]

Read More
Jeroen Bouwman, the CEO of marketing startup Get Social.

Web Summit 2017: Get Social CEO Jeroen Bouwman on app discovery, making hard decisions, and saying no to machine learning

“App discovery is fundamentally broken,” says Jeroen Bouwman, the CEO of marketing startup Get Social. With 5,000 apps entering the Apple store a day and only a tiny percentage of those apps being featured a year, banking on Apple to promote your app is foolish. “Hope is not a strategy,” he notes. With paid user […]

Read More