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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 […]

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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, […]

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Group of customers at AWS Developer Workshop at Web Summit 2017.

Web Summit 2017: AWS evangelists on natural language conversations and the IoT boom

In their 2016 Forecast: Internet of Things (IoT) report, Gartner projected that 8.4 billion connected IoT devices will be in use by the end of 2017. That’s up 31% from 2016 with the greatest concentration of use in China, North America, and Western Europe. That’s why it’s no surprise that all of Amazon Web Services’ […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to accelerate your WordPress site with Amazon CloudFront

Blogging and content production have become the marketing tool of choice for many startups and a fair number of founders find themselves choosing WordPress to power their messaging. Already the content management system (CMS) of choice for 28% of the web, WordPress is the biggest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and perhaps the only […]

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The Cloud from A to Z: The AWS Developer Workshop at Web Summit 2017

Serverless. The Internet of Things. Artificial intelligence and machine learning. Nascent ideas that were barely mentioned at the first Web Summit in 2009 are now front and center eight years later. Such concepts are exciting, especially as they get adopted by more and more consumers, but they are also trickier to understand than one might […]

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