October 1, 2012

Steve Blank

This is another un-missable video interview. The guest is Steve Blank, one of the most well known entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. Watch and enjoy. a

September 30, 2012

Chris Sacca

It’s one of these rare moments when you have three letters floating inside your head. W. And then O. And then another W. WOW. I’ve just watched Chris Sacca interviewed by Jason Calacanis. It’s about 72 minutes long, and it’s only the first part. WOW (again). I am embedding it here, find 72 minutes of time and watch it, ASAP. Do you know what the worst part is? That I’ve NEVER HEARD of Chris Sacca before. ... Read more

September 18, 2012

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. ... Read more

September 11, 2012

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)

September 8, 2012

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. ... Read more

September 8, 2012

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!

September 5, 2012

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. ... Read more

September 2, 2012

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. ... Read more

August 31, 2012

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 ... Read more