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The Robocar Rally track at AWS re:Invent 2017.

Baby, You Can Drive Your Own Car: A Look at How Deep Learning Powered AWS’s Robocar Rally

What’s more fun than an all-night hackathon in Vegas? Why, a Vegas hackathon involving self-driving cars, of course. During AWS’s 2017 re:Invent conference, 25 teams were given kits to build an autonomous car that could learn how to drive around a track on its own. In this video, we explain what deep learning has to do with autonomous driving and how even a light-hearted Robocar Rally can have deeper implications for learning and the cloud.

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DataDome's Bot Fighters

DataDome duo Benjamin Fabre and Benjamin Barrier on bot detection, risk mitigation, and being three-time entrepreneurs

When people talk about “serial entrepreneurs,” they are talking about folks like Benjamin Fabre and Benjamin Barrier. Longtime friends and colleagues, Fabre and Barrier are currently working on their third startup together and choose as their focus: robots.

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A screenshot of the Visipedia Bird app.

Caltech’s Pietro Perona on how deep learning can help you classify birds and trees

Imagine, for a moment, that you discover an irregular mole on yourself. Whereas nowadays you still need to take time to schedule a dermatological appointment and then wait weeks to get your test results, Caltech Professor Pietro Perona is eagerly awaiting the day when you can snap a picture of the mole with your smartphone and then learn instantaneously if it’s dangerous or not. And he should know. As the co-creator, with Cornell Tech Professor Serge Belongie, of the AI and machine learning-based visual classification system Visipedia, Perona has spent the past seven years working on a “switchboard” that lets anyone, everywhere ask questions and immediately obtain an answer.

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AWS Startups on Air 2017 Map

Top AWS Startups of 2017: A Year in Review

It’s been another exciting year for startups! Since the start of 2017, we’ve featured 33 startups headquartered all over the world. The startups we highlighted are developing innovative products and solutions across a range of industries, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, fintech, healthcare, education, and more.

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Three things that will kill an early deal for startups

In my career as an entrepreneur, I’ve had the opportunity to close the first deal at three different startups. There is no better feeling than when a paying customer has validated your concept and recognized your product value. That first deal has the potential to spring your company to the next 10 deals that can set your business scaling to the stratosphere. Within those first few deals lie the clues to a successful business or the pitfalls to your startup.

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Adam Fitzgerald interviews Greylock Partners' Josh Elman at the AWS State of Startups Event

Greylock Partners’ Josh Elman on how he picks entrepreneurs from the crowd

During a recent fireside chat at the AWS Loft in San Francisco, Greylock Partners’ Josh Elman Elman shared with the crowd of founders and entrepreneurs that he had just wrapped up a recent investment in a startup. While he declined to name the company just yet, he did stress that the dynamics of that deal applied equally to all of his investments. One aspect in particular that Elman stressed is how he and the founders built a relationship over time. Elman didn’t invest the first time he met these folks, but he kept tracking the team, and just as importantly they kept Elman in the loop.

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