AWS Startups Blog

Speaking for the Masses: Babbel’s Nehal Shah on Effective Language Learning

Whether you’re adventuring through an unfamiliar  country or closing an overseas business deal, there’s no question that in our increasingly globalized world, conversation is key. And while functional multilingual AI transactions are likely on the technological horizon, when it comes to forging meaningful connections across cultures, true personal communication is essential. As Nehal Shah, director of engineering at Babbel, puts it, AI is “growing rapidly, evolving at a tremendous pace, but there’s still no replacement for human interaction or that human element.” Especially when it comes to picking up a new language, humans simply need to connect.

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How Founders Factory Is Helping Entrepreneurship Grow in Africa

“There’s a burgeoning ecosystem of African entrepreneurs that wants to make products for the community. They want to see upliftment amongst their friends and family,” says Murray Legg, the accelerator director of Founders Factory Africa. “And they want to make a difference in the world.” Founders Factory Africa is the newest addition to the Founders Factory accelerator and incubator brand, which was formed in London in 2015 by serial entrepreneurs Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox.

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Forget Silicon Valley, for Farmer’s Business Network, the Real Proving Grounds for Machine Learning are Out in the Fields

If you live at a distance from farm country, agriculture might seem like an unchanging industry, built around traditional methods and relatively low-tech tools. Even a Google Image search primarily brings up pictures of tractors plowing through fields. However, the economic risks of agriculture actually force farmers to be early adopters of new technology. As a result, today’s farms can be just as high tech as any office you’ll find in Silicon Valley—especially when it comes to data.

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Meet Riversands: A Startup Hub Helping South African Entrepreneurs Take Off

This April marks a quarter century since the formal end of apartheid in South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the country’s first black president. Since then, the country has become the second-largest economy on the continent and home to a dynamic, growing tech scene. But that success has not been evenly distributed. By any measure, according to a World Bank report last year, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. “The only hope that this country has is deep, inclusive growth,” says Jenny Retief, CEO of Riversands Incubation Hub, a startup initiative helping the country’s diverse entrepreneurs thrive. “You only get economic resilience and multi-faceted growth by having a lot of business across a lot of industries.”

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How GetYourGuide Makes Sightseeing Personal

In 2009, Johannes Reck, a student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, arrived in Beijing one day earlier than his friend and classmate, Tao Tao. Tao, who knew Beijing well, was able to serve as a local guide to Reck once he arrived, and the trip was a success. Without Tao, however, Reck found himself at a loss as to where to go or what to do.

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Hubspot on Content Marketing for Startups

When creating your startup’s online presence, it’s essential to understand the vital role that content marketing plays. From blog and social media posts, to videos, and press releases – good content lasts forever and can do wonders for your SEO. Director of Marketing at HubSpot for Startups, Amanda Sibley, shares the benefits of creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content. She discusses how this cost-effective alternative to traditional marketing can differentiate a startup’s brand and build authority, reputation, and a voice of influence.

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Glasnostic Helps Enterprises Find Balance As Their Microservice Architectures Gain Complexity

Updating the features on a company’s site is intended to boost capabilities, but new additions become thousands of independently built moving parts that must work together in a single ecosystem without interruption. Tobias Kunze, the CEO and founder of Glasnostic, likens this challenge to recording music with multiple sound inputs—like microphones with different singers, but without using a mixing board to balance the song. Glasnostic’s solutions act as the mixer to create harmony between new technology and existing functions.

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ClearDATA CEO and Co-Founder Darin Brannan on Starting—and Managing—A Successful Startup

As a former venture capitalist turned three-time founder, Darin Brannan has learned a thing or two about starting a successful startup. Not only has he nurtured at least two companies from birth to IPO, growing each to hundreds and thousands of employees, but he’s also managed 34 company acquisitions at the same time. His key takeaways for establishing a viable business? Start with a big market opportunity, build a talented cohesive team, architect a strong business plan, and then execute said plan with undying tenacity and perseverance.

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Meet the Winner and Finalists of the 2019 AWS Hackdays “Hack for Good” Competition

In 2018, AWS launched its Hackdays program, offering teams from around ASEAN the opportunity and resources to build projects and compete for prizes, the top of which was a trip to Las Vegas for the annual re:Invent conference. Over 1,000 developers from countries including Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand formed teams to develop new technologies during a one day hackathon. The winners of those days then squared off in Jakarta, with the team from Thailand ultimately winning the top prize and the trip to Las Vegas.

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