AWS Startups Blog

Could this new speech-to-text technology Break the Internet?

You might remember when Kim Kardashian’s 2014 Paper magazine cover boldly stated it would “Break the Internet.” All due apologies to Ms. Kardashian, but the Internet didn’t actually break as a result of her racy cover—it went on functioning normally. The truth is the Internet can’t be broken. It doesn’t work like that. Bad actors can try to cause regional disruptions, but aside from a cataclysmic event like the meteor that finished off the dinosaurs, the Internet will keep plugging along.

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Build an innovative navigation, augmented reality, or computer vision app and win a trip to AWS Re:Invent 2018

We’re excited to partner with AWS to launch the Vision Developer Contest! Build an awesome app powered by the Mapbox Vision SDK. The first 500 participants to register will receive $50 worth of free AWS credits to help you get started, and one developer will win an all-expenses-paid trip to AWS re:Invent this November.

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Architecture Weeks at the NY and SF AWS Lofts – November 2018

We may be nearing the end of the 2018 but there are no signs of slowing down for the AWS Lofts, located in New York and San Francisco. The AWS Lofts host Architecture Weeks, or a series of technical sessions that are either single or multi-day events. These events are completely free of charge for attendees and are focused on a specific solution or service, such as Security or Machine Learning.

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gridX’s Andy Booke on Giving Solar Panel Users the Power of Data

gridX co-founders Andy Booke and David Balensiefen came up with the idea for their IoT startup, gridX, while travelling in Ecuador, where the stability of the power grid left something to be desired. “The energy would just black out,” Booke recalls, “and then we saw this little village [that] had some solar panels and some diesel engines, and they were powering themselves in this little community.”

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Sansan Co-Founder Kenji Shiomi on Why Business Cards Are Still Necessary

The fact of the matter is, he notes, exchanging business cards is still an important part of corporate culture—especially in Japan—and it’s a ritual that’s not going away anytime soon. That’s why in 2007, Kenji Shiomi co-founded Sansan, a company that focuses on providing an alternative contact management solution that uses business cards as its building blocks. Sansan offers both B2B and B2C products and counts over 7,000 corporations as its customers, including the Japanese government. 

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With Tricella, the Future of Family Caregiving Is an Easier Pill to Swallow

“One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small.” So goes an infamous ‘60s rock song. But for the millions of families and caregivers looking after their loved ones, keeping track of a prescription pill regimen can be a very confusing affair. Add to it the fact that many of our elders are reluctant to take their medicine—for reasons ranging from stubbornness to forgetfulness to thinking they feel better already and no longer need the pills—and you have a preventable health crisis that adds a sizable debt in avoidable cost to the healthcare industry each year. Enter Tricella, a digital health start-up that launched in 2014.

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Fiverr Relies on SageMaker to Streamline and Simplify Machine Learning Models

When it came time for Fiverr to analyze the data around user behavior on its platform, the freelance services website did what many modern businesses do in terms of recruiting the right tool for the task: they engaged Amazon Web Services’s SageMaker. Amazon SageMaker is an API that enables developers and data scientists to readily build, teach, and position machine learning models to serve any need and at any scale.

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Zoona CMO Lelemba Phiri on the Challenges of Being a Businesswoman in Africa

Building a successful business as a woman in Africa is doubly challenging. Not only do women face the typical growth issues that are daunting for any entrepreneur, but they must also deal with a host of specific cultural issues. For one, says Lelemba Phiri, the Chief Marketing Officer for mobile payment platform Zoona, many African businesswomen prefer to simply grow their companies to a “subsistent” level, because if their businesses get too big, they are seen as “not being marriage material.”

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ReCactus Founder and CEO Bernard Tan on the future of engagement advertising

It’s safe to say that Gen Y and Gen Z are intimately more connected to their peers—and social influencers—than previous generations and are less connected to cold advertising. “Advertising that just pops up? They don’t watch it,” says ReCactus CEO and Founder Bernard Tan. “That’s why peer-to-peer promotion has become so prevalent in the last few years, especially with this growth of influencer platforms.”

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Venture Garden Group’s Nichole Yembra on Why Investors Should Bank on Female Founders

Nichole Onome Yembra is the CFO of the Lagos, Nigeria-based Venture Garden Group and the managing partner for Greenhouse Capital, VGG’s investment arm. She’s also the founder of Greenhouse Lab, Nigeria’s first female-focused tech accelerator. Yembra says she founded the Lab after looking across VGG’s portfolio and realizing that that few of their investments had female co-founders.

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