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Four golden rules for taking your idea to market

May 19, 2017

This week in AWS Startup Stories we talked to Tessa Cook, CEO, and co-founder of OLIO Exchange – a food sharing app that builds connections between neighbours and local businesses in order to re-distribute surplus goods.

OLIO started as a simple experiment between twelve people, but today it’s a global brand that’s growing at pace. They piloted the app in the second half of 2015, made it available across the UK at the end of January 2016, and worldwide in October 2016. Since then they’ve had over 170k users sign up and over 210k items (equivalent to 90,000 meals) have been shared. Demand for this surplus food is incredibly high with 40% of items being requested in less than an hour, and 80% in less than 24 hours.

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VC 101: how VCs operate, and what you should know as a founder

May 9, 2017

“Venture capitalist” is a job. Venture capitalists get paid by others to do this job, and while it’s a pretty great job, it’s important for anyone interacting with a venture capital firm to understand the basic mechanics and incentives that shape how the industry functions.

Venture capital is a form of private equity. While there are many differences within the industry, both venture capital managers and private equity managers strive to achieve very high returns in a relatively short period of time.

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Spotinst helps to reduce Amazon EC2 costs up to 80%

April 29, 2017

Spotinst is an Israeli startup that was founded 18 months ago by four veterans of MAMRAM (the elite Infrastructure Technology unit of the Israel Defense Forces). The initial idea for Spotinst came from the current CEO, Amiram Shachar, who had been working on a big cloud migration project. During the migration, Shachar experienced firsthand the high costs of running gigantic compute clusters on AWS.

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Mackenzie Kosut is the Principal Startup Evangelist at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Prior to AWS, he worked at Betterment, Oscar, Tumblr, and more. Mackenzie travels the globe seeking out groundbreaking startups on AWS, sharing the cool things they're doing through blog, live video, and social media. He's also a regular AWS keynote speaker for startups at global events.

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Each month, we feature a set of AWS Hot Startups on the main AWS Blog, showcasing the cool things they're doing on AWS, in hopes that they will inform and inspire you to create your own business, products, and services. For December, we present 'A Year in Review,' highlighting the AWS Hot Startups we featured in 2016. Please, follow the link to read it, and check back here each month in 2017 for the latest AWS Hot Startups!

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