AWS Startups Blog

EBAN: In the Hunt for the Next Great Global Startups, These Angels are Banding Together

More often than not, it takes a community of people and resources to push startups onto a path that offers even a shot at glory, says Riku Asikainen, a Finland-based angel investor and long-time entrepreneur. “It is not the lonely wolves game,” says Asikainen, who sits on the board of the European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN), a community of more than 4,000 people investing in the European startup ecosystem. “There is good reason for us to get together as investors and not just share the risk, but share the knowledge and resources that can help these startups change the world. That is what we are looking for, but how can these startups change the world if they don’t have the resources?”

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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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The coming data hurricane

Data lakes: How planning and a governed data catalog can help you weather a data superstorm

By now, we’ve all seen the statistics. The data universe is doubling in size every two years, which translates into a 50-fold growth from 2010 to 2020. It’s a superstorm of data that isn’t letting up anytime soon. Businesses everywhere are desperately trying to manage the flood of information pouring in from every direction. To manage this extreme data growth, organizations are looking to data lakes like the one provided by AWS to help them control and consolidate the storm of data.

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Seeing past the resume: How Polina Montano built the company revolutionizing the job search

“I’m actually an unusual tech co-founder,” Polina Montano says. And it’s true: while Montano’s isn’t exactly a rags-to-riches story, it is a gas-stations-to-striking-tech-gold story. Coming from a retail background, Montano was a small business owner for most of her life—starting with a fashion store and moving up to a chain of gas stations—before the inspiration for Job Today struck. In fact, Montano says, she started pondering the concept of Job Today in earnest thanks her hands-on gas station experience

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Braze Co-Founder Jon Hyman on How Tech Humanizes Communications Between Brands and Customers

Whether it’s via phones, cars, speakers, or even watches, brands have an ever-increasing number of places to reach consumers. The catch, however, is that consumers are getting savvier—and more demanding—about how brands are engaging with them. “Customers have high expectations… that brands are going to deliver relevant, personalized, and important messages to them that add a lot of value,” says Braze co-founder and chief technology officer Jon Hyman. For the most part, consumers don’t understand—nor care—whether they are getting a discount or new product notice from a brand’s email or app team. “All they care about is: is it delivering a great product experience, is it valuable to me, is it adding value, and is it relevant to me,” he says.

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AWS Solutions Architects Santanu Dutt and Anand Iyer at ReInvent 2018

AWS’s Santanu Dutt and Anand Iyer on why Blockchain technology will upend industries

You’ve certainly heard about the volatile ride cryptocurrency investors have been on of late. But all of the focus on the wealth being created and/or lost tends to drown out the underlying technology that is enabling these forays into not just new kinds of digital currencies, but also new ways of thinking about transferring wealth, ownership, access, all kinds of data, and more. AWS Solutions Architects Santanu Dutt and Anand Iyer explain the potential for Blockchain technology to up-end industries.

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Pouch cofounder Vikram Simha on seizing (Dragon’s Den) gold and scaling customers

You know the story. Plucky band of adventurers make off with the dragon’s loot, only to suffer some tragic ending because they neglected to take seriously some key bit of information. Usually it falls along the lines of said-dragon treasure being cursed, or so heavy it sinks the boat, or originally belonged to a foul-tempered Orc king now out for blood. The point is, things end badly. There was no way Pouch cofounder Vikram Simha was letting any of that happen.

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