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It took us six years, or until 2012, to get to 1 trillion objects stored. Then it took us one more year to get to 2 trillion. So that’s an indication of the speed of growth.

“Talking the Cloud Business with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels” on Recode

Great interview piece on Recode with Werner Vogels on the state of AWS and how they’re approaching growth moving forward.

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Just remember this: VCs need you as much as you need them. Level the playing field by becoming a man/woman of value. Find your swagger. Be memorable. Be insatiable. Let the world know why you are the best entrepreneur out there.

How To Approach VC’s Like a Pickup Artist” via AlleyWatch

Even though I read the Pickup Artist book after I was married, it was still equal amounts hysterical and repulsive, with some very useful tips sprinkled throughout for how to talk to other people (not just women). 

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Working in small batches ensures that a startup can minimize the expenditure of time, money, and effort that ultimately turns out to have been wasted.

The power of small batches” via StartupLessonsLearned.com

This came up in one of our team meetings the other day here at Contactive as we were talking about a processing workflow in our backend – should we go with small or large batches? Inaki (our CEO) shared this article and I was reminded again how powerful small, learning-based iterations can be for a startup.