AWS Startups Blog

Bits & Pretzels Networking Week 2020: Introducing a Brand New Platform to Connect with Your Favorite Founders, Built on AWS

The leaves are starting to turn and the Oktoberfest brews are hitting shelves. That can only mean one thing: it’s time for Bits & Pretzels, Europe’s largest founders festival. Last year, the event drew thousands of the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, founders, and leaders to Munich, and the Bits & Pretzels team knew it’d be a tough one to top.

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Cost Effective Data Science for Startups: Memory Mapped Techniques with Amazon SageMaker

Being able to choose really powerful instances to reduce your training time on demand, paying only for the seconds you use them, and at the same time having the choice of your notebook instances in your favorite tooling opens large opportunities for cost savings and productiveness across startups. AWS Startup Solutions Architect Manager Daniel Bernao walks us through how to do it.

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Tests Not Included: How LoanStreet Built a PPP Platform In One Week

LoanStreet is the first fully-integrated, online platform that streamlines the process of sharing, managing, and originating loans for credit unions, banks, and direct lenders.  Many of LoanStreet’s clients lend to small businesses and individuals, those most in need of funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and unable to snag a piece of the initial $310bil.
Their clients were relying on them to get their loans funded.  The only catch: a hard deadline of one week. Here’s how they did it.

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Building Managed Services: Architecting Ahana Cloud for Presto with the In-VPC Deployment Model

Ahana is the startup that provides the first cloud-native managed service for Presto, the fast-growing, open source distributed SQL engine. Backed by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and Lux Ventures, the Ahana team includes experts in Presto, AWS, and big data. This blog post discusses how AWS users have evolved their big data requirements and how the team architected our managed service offering, highlighting the best practice of providing an “In-VPC” deployment. We hope other infrastructure software startups can benefit from sharing some of the key learnings that led to the launch of Ahana Cloud for Presto on AWS.

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Tecton Feature Store Brings DevOps to ML Data

Founded in 2019, Tecton is on a mission to simplify the process of building and productizing data for machine learning, in an effort to make the technology accessible to any company. Instead of having data scientists and data engineers operating in silos and spending months implementing data pipelines, Tecton automates the complete lifecycle of data for ML.

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IntelloLabs Cuts Down on Fresh Produce Wastage using AI and Computer Vision

$500 billon worth of food is wasted or lost every year, around the world. One billion extra people could be fed if food losses could be halved. We all know technology can do wonders, and its adoption in agriculture is pacing up – that’s where India-based Intello Labs comes in. Their VP of Sales walks us through how they used AWS to create a computer vision-driven solution to help eliminate food waste.

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Fairmarkit Uses Smart Sourcing to Reduce Tail Spend and Optimize Procurement 

Fairmarkit is an intelligent sourcing platform that enables organizations to more efficiently purchase goods and services. When it came to solving the recent PPE problem that arose with COVID-19, Fairmarkit was able to use their large dataset to identify new, lesser-known suppliers, connect them with large enterprises, and direct more than three million units of PPE to the front lines.

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Amazon DynamoDB on Production: FinBox’s Compilation of Lessons Learned in a Year

FinBox is a comprehensive digital lending platform with a focus on underwriting using alternative data. For one of FinBox’s products DeviceConnect, they provide a credit score based on enriched mobile device data for customers. At the time of writing this article, they were scoring close to a million customers per month and ingesting close to 80 GB of new data every day. DeviceConnect makes heavy use of Amazon DynamoDB. Here are the lessons they learned after using DynamoDB in the product for the last year.

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