July 31, 2012

First week in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

It has been a little more than a week in San Francisco now, and I already feel at home. Last Wednesday, I attended the Founder Showcase, a privilege that I have as a Startup mentor at the Founder Institute. There was a room packed with startuppers and entrepreneurs, from all over the world.

It was a nice opportunity to meet a lot of existing AWS customers, as well as potential new ones. Oh, yeah, acronyms: AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, and if you’re new to this blog, you have to know that AWS is my dream job. Not in the sense that I’d love to work at AWS, but in the sense that I work there and I love it :)

On Saturday I briefly attended the Betable Hackaton, where I’ve met my old-time friend Stefano Bernardi (not to be confused with the renaissance musician Stefano Bernardi from Verona). Stefano is brilliant, smart, speaks a great English (something that most of us Italians somehow struggle with), and he’s darn funny (as many people from Rome are). I’m sure that great things await him here.

I have to say that the Startup scene in the Bay Area is super exciting. I can’t wait to learn more about it, and contribute as much as I can.

This has been a really productive week. Together with my friend and colleague Simon Elisha, based in Melbourne, Australia, we’ve published two more episodes of the AWS Podcast, number six and number seven. Check them out. If you are interested in AWS, this is a great way to listen to the latest news, on your way to work, or when doing some jogging. Of course, I also love listening to good music (one of my favourites: Try Anything Once - Jigue),  and I don’t mind if you prefer the latter. :)

We’ve also released some new features, such as the AWS Management Console improvements.

Finally, a lot of people keep sending me presentations, documents, etc. I liked this one on installing Wordpress on AWS: simple and clear. Nicely done. You can find many more articles and such if you just look online.

If you’d like to work at Amazon Web Services, we have tons of open positions for you. Check out San Francisco, California, or Singapore (where I was based until a couple of weeks ago). By the way, the position that I left open… is still open! If you want to be a Technology Evangelist and explore Asia, this is for you. You might also want to take a look at this blog post by Pieter Kemps, colleague and friend based in Singapore. The best way to apply is directly from the website. Otherwise, if you know me personally, you can get in touch with me for questions.

This is me, presenting AWS, a while ago.

Leaving aside work, it has been a wonderful week, with lots of discoveries and plenty of good food and good weather. I had this wonderful plate with fried green tomatoes at Cane Rosso, nearby the Embarcadero, together with my Brother Marco, who is visiting from Italy.

And I’ve also explored some cool shops in the area. This one below is Rickshaw Bags, in Potrero Hill.

Well, that’s it for now. Talk to you soon.