Dreamforce challenge

Hi there, I’m Simone Brunozzi, Technology Evangelist at Amazon Web Services, and this blog post is about the “Mini-Hack” challenge at DreamForce 2012. There are two challenges for you: a Basic Hack, and an Advanced Hack (which includes the basic one, plus adds some more juice). This page is also available from this link: http://bit.ly/dreamforce-aws. Basic Hack Download a MySQL database dump. Launch a MySQL instance on Amazon EC2. Copy the database dump to the new instance. Convert the database into a NoSQL database. Upload the newly converted database into DynamoDB. Query DynamoDB and retrieve the value specified below. Advanced…

Pick1 at TechCrunch Disrupt

It has been a pleasure to meet my friend Paolo and his team at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today. They founded a startup called Pick1. Take an eye on them, they’re going to conquer the world You can also vote for them here. Now a very important task for you, my readers: try to guess who’s the Technology “Evangelist” in this photo here. Got it? (photo courtesy of Paolo Privitera)

TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

I’m so happy to be at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2012, here in San Francisco (and at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Monday). The location is great. A big space, right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This is how we’ve been greeted: There are many cool startups, including one of my favorites, Ninja Blocks: I met the Nokia team (I love Finnish people, they’re so nice and smart, all of them), and I had a chance to take a close look at their new Lumia phone. Nice! The guys at Mashery are here, and they have great prizes…

Great times

I’m just back from two days in Seattle, where I met many colleagues. Every time I go, I learn something new. A lot of it. And I like it. Great times ahead. Can’t wait Oh, and I just LOVE the new Kindles!

AWS Re: Invent – The Cloud event of the year

On Nov 27th-29th you should be in Las Vegas, and attend AWS Re: Invent. Jeff Bezos himself will be keynoting, and we’ll have an amazing list of speakers, both from Amazon and external ones. If you are a startup with a great story, I can provide you with a discount code. In case, email me here: simone @ amazon.com. I will be speaking in the Startup track, and I’ll also organize a Hackathon on the road, called Cloud Riders. If you want more info or you’re interested in sponsoring it, email me. Thanks!

Making Dropbox even more secure

I love some special people (my Wife, Brother, Family, Friends), but that doesn’t prevent me from using the term “love” for things as well. Therefore, I also happen to love a few pieces of software, and one of them is Dropbox. What once was a problem on which I would spend countless hours, has been turned into an amazingly simple feature. Your files, synced across devices, effortlessly. It’s not a coincidence that they’ve created this drawing here, showing a happy Dropbox customer, with a little heart floating over his head. However, a service like Dropbox shouldn’t just be simple to…

Don’t build a fast company, build a slow one

It’s Friday, there’s still a lot to do, but I need a quick break, and I decided to read some of my feeds and take a casual look at my twitter stream. This is how I found this interview with Jason Fried, CEO of 37signals. There are many interesting points in the interview, but in short they can be summarized as: 1) love your company and your employees 2) do what’s best for them 3) don’t overburn; plan for the long term This is one of the parts that I loved the most: I’m a fan of growing slowly, carefully,…

We’re all busy… Aren’t we?

Great short post on Minimal Mac: Rather than say: “I am too busy, I don’t have any time for X.” I realize I can be honest and say I am not interested enough in X to do it. Saying no is saying yes to other things. I agree. We all say we’re busy, all the time. I meet people and I ask “How are things?”, and they quite always answer “Busy”. I usually reply that I’m busy too. It’s true, we’re busy… But just because we can get busier than ever, doesn’t mean that we have to. Let me repeat…

14 “STIC” bloggers worth following

Fred Wilson works at Union Square Ventures. A few days ago he wrote a blog post titled “blogs we read“. Quoting from him (bold is mine): “Blog discovery is still too hard. There are so many great blogs out there and it is still too hard to find them.” I agree! Therefore, I decided to write my own list of blogs to follow. But first… Why these blogs should be important to you? Well, this time I want to list blogs that are important mostly from a work perspective. If you are into Startups, Technology, Innovation, Cloud (STIC) then these…

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