AWS Startups Blog

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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Terry Sejnowski on AI

The AI revolution isn’t coming, says Terry Sejnowski. It’s already here.

By now, you have certainly taken part in the deep learning revolution, whether you’re aware of it or not. If you use a voice-based personal assistant like Alexa, chances are advances in AI have already made it into their backend for companies to yield savings from processing efficiency. But sooner or later, deep learning is going to change your life. That, at least, is what Dr. Terry Sejnowski, the Francis Crick professor at the Salk Institute and a pioneer in deep learning, believes. “What we’re creating is a whole new world,” he argues.

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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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