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…

Getting started with AWS on Eclipse

Yesterday I had to install a few things from scratch on my Macbook air with Mac OS 10.7. It was ages since the last time I’ve installed the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse. What is Eclipse? A software development environment, which you can run on Windows, Mac OS X and any Linux flavor. What is the AWS Toolkit? A plugin for Eclipse that makes it easier to develop Java Applications that use Amazon Web Services. You can also use Java without Eclipse, with the appropriate SDK for Java. Instead, if you’re not into Java, we have an SDK for PHP, Ruby…

Cloud Riders

I’m launching a new initiative: Cloud Riders. Hackathon + Cloud + Travel. The first one will be San Francisco to Las Vegas, in conjunction with our first global conference, AWS Re: Invent. Check the link.

Car ownership

In the last posts, I focused solely on work-related stuff. I will keep doing this in the future, however one occasional, off-topic post doesn’t hurt. In fact, it’s cross-pollination, and diverse topics, that stimulate creativity and interest. (p.s. remember that there is a monthly newsletter, if you like love what I write) Today I’m writing about “car ownership”, as a consequence of something that I’ve read a few minutes ago. Look at this figure below. The article concludes with “A new paper from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argues that the number of cars per capita is a better…

On being a “Nomad” worker

I’ve just finished reading Why remote workers are more (yes, more) engaged, on the Harvard Business Review website. Very interesting read. I often write that “I feel lucky“. No, I don’t mean a random search result: Instead, I mean that I really enjoy many aspects of my current job at Amazon Web Services. In particular, one of these aspects is the fact that I can work from any place I want. Not from Argentina, a place that I’d love to visit, or from Rwanda, another place on my bucket list, but any place in California, at least. For example, yesterday…

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