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This Week in Startups - Audio
Privateer Space CEO Alex Fielding: cleaning up space junk with Steve Wozniak + Behind the scenes of working for Jason | E1465

This Week in Startups - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 120:23


First, Jason and Molly reflect on their time in previous tech recessions (03:06). Then, Privateer Space CEO Alex Fielding joins to discuss solving the space junk problem (18:02), the difficulties of mapping debris (33:25), and more. Then, Producer Rachel hosts an OK Boomer episode where she talks with the other Gen Z employees that work for Jason about how they got their jobs and what they've learned at Launch (1:00:21).

Improve the News
May 21 2022: Boeing starliner launch, domestic terrorism act and Biden Korea visit

Improve the News

Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 22:23


Facts & spin for May 21 2022 top stories: Boeing successfully launches its first spacecraft, the House passes a controversial domestic terrorism act, Biden visits South Korea, Russia claims full control of Mariupol, Biden invokes the Defense Production Act to make baby formula, the January 6 Committee presses a Georgia Republican about offering Capitol tours, a 9-1-1 dispatcher allegedly hung up on a whispering caller during the Buffalo shooting, SpaceX allegedly paid $250K to settle an harassment claim against Elon Musk, and Boris Johnson won't face more fines for his Covid parties.   Sources: https://www.improvethenews.org/

TweetTalk: The Black Wealth Podcast (Tweet Talk)
TT 126- Racism Didn't Go Away, It Disappeared

TweetTalk: The Black Wealth Podcast (Tweet Talk)

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 61:02


In episode 126, Charles (Twitter: @RealToddBillion) and Raphael (Twitter: @WorkMoneyLife) discuss The HoneyPot Company fiasco, the power of product, stock market corrections, mortgage vs. rent, millionaire thinking, and much more!   Join our Patreon for exclusive access! Todd Capital Podcast Patreon (Click here!)   Get the BRAND NEW mini-course "Five Ways to Make Money in the Stock Market" for $19 with coupon "First" https://gumroad.com/a/386774131/navaez?offer_code=first   Book a podcast coaching call with Raphael here: https://Calendly.com/RaphaelHusbands   Launch your podcast in less than 24 hours with "PodcaSTAR: the Podcast QuickStart Guide" for only $1 (https://gumroad.com/a/829125747/vlrVq)   Grab The PodcaSTAR Deluxe podcast course! click here  https://gumroad.com/a/829125747/JiDHi   Pick up the new podcast merch and support the show at TweetTalkMerch.com   Grab the brand new course from Charles/ Todd Capital, "Business Automation Masterclass" https://gumroad.com/a/386774131/wdgps   Grab all the Todd Capital money-making course here: https://gumroad.com/a/386774131   Follow us on social media:   Twitter: Tweet Talk Podcast @TweetTalkPod https://twitter.com/TweetTalkPod Charles @RealToddBillion https://twitter.com/RealToddBillion Raphael @WorkMoneyLife https://twitter.com/WorkMoneyLife   Instagram: Podcast- @TweetTalkPodcast https://www.instagram.com/tweettalkpodcast Charles- @ToddBillion https://www.instagram.com/toddbillion/   Todd Capital @Todd.Capital https://www.instagram.com/todd.capital/  Bless A Black Man organization @BlessABlackMan https://www.instagram.com/blessablackablackman  Views Luggage brand @views.at.todd.capital https://www.instagram.com/views.at.toddcapital  Learn how to make money trading stock options, from Todd Capital! https://gumroad.com/a/386774131/bOUnl    Find all the money making resources from Todd Capital here: https://gumroad.com/a/386774131

Ghostlore of Hawaii:  Paranormal Paradise
BONUS Patreon Launch Episode: Death on the Road to Hana

Ghostlore of Hawaii: Paranormal Paradise

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 38:33


Aloha! Surprise!  I decided to release episodes in back-to-back weeks to celebrate the launch of the Ghostlore of Hawaii Patreon! This is a free BONUS episode that would have only been available to Patrons at www.patreon.com/ghostloreofhawaii In 2016, a pair of twin sisters relocated to Maui to start a new life.  Little did they know their fresh start, would become a tragic end on the famous Road to Hana.  Find out what happens to the Twin Power Yoga Sisters...   This will be the first of many exclusive, full-length episodes that are only available on Patreon.  Your contribution keeps this podcast alive!  For the price of a cup of coffee per month, Patrons get access to additional episodes along with perks like free gifts, discounts on merch, and a lot more! An added benefit is episodes will still be released even when the free show goes on break between seasons!  Stay tuned for more Patreon exclusive episodes dropping soon! www.patreon.com/ghostloreofhawaii   If you enjoy Ghostlore of Hawaii:  Paranormal Paradise, please leave a rating and review on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.  It really helps new listeners find the show and makes a huge impact for independently produced podcasts like this one.   Rate on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/01N7z0FpM4q9GM2mMWSQOc?si=bc00c747a1aa4fda   Rate and review on Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ghostlore-of-hawaii-paranormal-paradise/id1576129885   Merchandise is available!  Every purchase goes straight into creating more content for the podcast.   https://ghostlore-of-HI.redbubble.com/   Do you have a paranormal story or topic you'd like to hear on the podcast?  Have some advice or feedback?  Just want to say "Hi"?  You can email me at ghostlore.of.hawaii@gmail.com   Follow me on RePod! https://joinrepod.com/ghostloreofhawaii RePod is a new listening app that let's listeners share episodes or shows, find new podcasts in their favorite genre, and even tip your favorite hosts!  Best of all, it's the easiest way to chat directly with me!  Have a question about the pidgin or Hawaiian word used in an episode?  You can shoot me a message on RePod.  Think of it like a mix between Facebook, Patreon, GoodReads, and your favorite listening app!   Download for free on Apple iOS, Google Play Store, or your desktop by using the link:  https://joinrepod.com/ghostloreofhawaii   Share your favorite episode with your friends!  If they don't have any of the listening apps they can still listen for free!  No downloading required! Listen for free:  www.ghostloreofhawaii.com     Show Notes: https://people.com/crime/why-police-pushed-to-charge-a-twin-with-murdering-her-sister-by-driving-off-a-hawaiian-cliff/   https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/what-to-know-alexandria-duvals-alleged-murder-in-hawaii.html   https://www.columbian.com/news/2018/feb/02/twin-acquitted-of-murder-after-crash-that-killed-her-sister/   https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/man-who-dated-woman-allegedly-murdered-by-identical-twin-describes-hellish-six-months-with-pair/IZOM4CJMMZZDQPH5NXN5EYNDWA/     *Although I intend for all historical information to be accurate, I cannot guarantee it will be.  Please look into all information on your own.  There's so much great info I cannot always fit into one episode.   *Names and locations may be altered for privacy sake.      

Launch Angle
Ep 174 | Gorman, Snow in May, and Players Rostered in 50% of Leagues

Launch Angle

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 63:56


Sure it's Summer in the US but that isn't stopping snow from interrupting the baseball season! Van, Jeff, and Rob get together to discuss how to handle those snow outs as well as Reds players heading to Toronto and not being able to play, some Cardinals prospects making their debut, and whether Royce Lewis is a stash or not. The show rounds out with some discussion on players rostered in roughly 50% of leagues and what the guys think of them!

Miller and Condon on KXnO
Circa Sports Football contest launch with Mike Palm, Dave Sprau talks Cyclones & Twins & Claxon's BBQ Giveaway

Miller and Condon on KXnO

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 42:43


Circa Sports Football contest launch with Mike Palm, Dave Sprau talks Cyclones & Twins & Claxon's BBQ Giveaway

Geek Freaks
Redemption After Launch - Pushing Buttons

Geek Freaks

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 55:20


Hey all! Be sure to follow the Pushing Buttons Standalone channel for new releases! Kevin and Kyle are discussing games that found redemption after a rough launch. Have you played a that improved over time? Pushing Buttons: https://linktr.ee/PushingButtonsPodcast   -------------------- *Check Out All Our Podcasts!* Geek Freaks Podcast: https://linktr.ee/GeekFreaks Pushing Buttons: https://linktr.ee/PushingButtonsPodcast TrekFreaks: https://linktr.ee/TrekFreaks Geek Freaks Interviews: https://linktr.ee/GeekFreaksInterviews Outlast Podcast: https://linktr.ee/OutlastPodcast Round Three: https://linktr.ee/RoundThree Disney Moms Gone Wrong: https://linktr.ee/disneymomsgonewrong Sloop: https://www.patreon.com/GeekFreakspodcast -------------------- *Hang Out With Us!* Discord: https://discord.gg/6Jrvyb2 Twitter: twitter.com/geekfreakspod Facebook: facebook.com/groups/227307812330853/ Instagram: instagram.com/geekfreakspodcast E-mail: thegeekfreakspodcast@gmail.com Twitch: twitch.tv/geekfreakspodcast Site: thegeekfreakspodcast.com --------------------- *Support Us!* Patreon: https://patreon.com/GeekFreakspodcast Store: redbubble.com/people/GeekFreaks

The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie
Armis Launch of CIPP, The Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 17:49


On this week's Industrial Talk we're talking to Peter Doggart and Keith Walsh, with Armis about "The Launch of CIPP, The Critical Infrastructure Protection Program".  Get the answers to your "Cyber Security" questions along with Peter and Keith's unique insight on the “How” on this Industrial Talk interview! Finally, get your exclusive free access to the https://industrialtalk.com/wp-admin/inforum-industrial-academy-discount/ (Industrial Academy) and a series on “https://industrialtalk.com/why-you-need-to-podcast/ (Why You Need To Podcast)” for Greater Success in 2022. All links designed for keeping you current in this rapidly changing Industrial Market. Learn! Grow! Enjoy! PETER DOGGART'S CONTACT INFORMATION: Personal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doggart/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/doggart/) Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/armis-security/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/armis-security/) Company Website: https://www.armis.com/ (https://www.armis.com/) KEITH WALSH'S CONTACT INFORMATION: Personal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keith-walsh-ba13152/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/keith-walsh-ba13152/) Kroll Website: https://www.kroll.com/en (https://www.kroll.com/en) PODCAST VIDEO: https://youtu.be/-iWMwWM76O4 THE STRATEGIC REASON "WHY YOU NEED TO PODCAST": https://industrialtalk.com/why-you-need-to-podcast/ () OTHER GREAT INDUSTRIAL RESOURCES: NEOM:  https://www.neom.com/en-us (https://www.neom.com/en-us) AI Dash: https://www.aidash.com/ (https://www.aidash.com/) Hitachi Vantara: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/home.html (https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/home.html) Industrial Marketing Solutions:  https://industrialtalk.com/industrial-marketing/ (https://industrialtalk.com/industrial-marketing/) Industrial Academy: https://industrialtalk.com/industrial-academy/ (https://industrialtalk.com/industrial-academy/) Industrial Dojo: https://industrialtalk.com/industrial_dojo/ (https://industrialtalk.com/industrial_dojo/) We the 15:https://www.wethe15.org/ ( https://www.wethe15.org/) YOUR INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL TOOLBOX: LifterLMS: Get One Month Free for $1 – https://lifterlms.com/ (https://lifterlms.com/) Active Campaign: https://www.activecampaign.com/?_r=H855VEPU (Active Campaign Link) Social Jukebox: https://www.socialjukebox.com/ (https://www.socialjukebox.com/) Industrial Academy (One Month Free Access And One Free License For Future Industrial Leader): https://industrialtalk.com/wp-admin/inforum-industrial-academy-discount/ () Business Beatitude the Book Do you desire a more joy-filled, deeply-enduring sense of accomplishment and success? Live your business the way you want to live with the BUSINESS BEATITUDES...The Bridge connecting sacrifice to success. YOU NEED THE BUSINESS BEATITUDES! TAP INTO YOUR INDUSTRIAL SOUL, RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW! BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. DARE GREATLY AND CHANGE THE WORLD. GET THE BUSINESS BEATITUDES! https://industrialtalk.com/business-beatitude-reserve/ ( Reserve My Copy and My 25% Discount) PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: SUMMARY KEYWORDS critical infrastructure, armis, peter, scott, devices, vulnerabilities, conversation, problem, exploits, industrial, ot, business, increase, risks, threats, understand, environment, program, visibility, solution 00:04 Welcome to the industrial talk podcast with Scott Mackenzie. Scott is a passionate industry professional dedicated to transferring cutting edge industry focused innovations and trends while highlighting the men and women who keep the world moving. So put on your hard hat, grab your work boots, and let's 00:21 go Hello, and welcome to industrial talk the ever expanding industrial ecosystem that features incredible companies, wonderful people, solving problems making my life, your life and the world a better place to live. Now in this podcast, we're going to be talking to RMS, and pharmacists get this great program called critical infrastructure...

Disruptors for GOOD
Creating Zero Waste Products for Students on College Campuses - Greg "G.L." Genco, Founder and CEO // Generation Conscious

Disruptors for GOOD

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 22:53


Agency of One - Take the stress out of hiring a freelancer or full-time employee. Learn moreAgency of One - Podcast Pilot - The Easiest Way to Launch a Podcast for Your Startup. Learn more---> Check out the Causeartist Partners here.---> Subscribe to the Causeartist Newsletter here.In episode 143 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Greg "G.L." Genco, Founder and CEO at Generation Conscious, on creating zero waste products for students on college campuses.G.L. grew up near a waste transfer station in Jamaica, Queens, NYC before moving to Long Island with his Trinidadian-Italian family. Seeing the health impacts of the waste station on his community motivated him to found Generation Conscious in order to tackle climate injustice, eliminate plastic waste, and address eco-classism. He was further moved to take action when he found out Trinidad & Tobago was 80% at or below sea level, meaning most of his family was on track to be displaced by rising sea levels.As a first generation college graduate (Amherst College), G.L. understands the importance of accessibility when it comes to sustainable goods. That's why Generation Conscious collaborates with university administrations to ensure the school subsidizes or finances the full cost of the hygiene refills for all low-income students.The Generation Conscious system is built on making sustainability simple, accessible, and affordable. Because helping the environment shouldn't be a luxury.Agency of One - Take the stress out of hiring a freelancer or full-time employee. Learn moreAgency of One - Podcast Pilot - The Easiest Way to Launch a Podcast for Your Startup. Learn more---> Check out the Causeartist Partners here.---> Subscribe to the Causeartist Newsletter here.Listen to more Causeartist podcast shows hereFollow Grant on Twitter and LinkedInFollow Causeartist on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

Screw it, Just Do it
Trailer for #445: My Top 5 Tips for Starting Your Podcast

Screw it, Just Do it

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 0:51


Welcome to the trailer for Sunday's Solo Episode #445.   In this episode, I will be talking about My Top 5 Tips For Starting Your Podcast and here are some highlights: Identify your dream listener avatar Choose your theme and don't be afraid to niche down Build your dream 100 guest list Launch with at least 4 episodes Consistently promote your podcast show everyday   Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of my podcast, Screw It Just Do It I'll be launching the Podcast Launch Challenge. It's a Done-With-You solution in launching or relaunching your podcast where I work with you every step of the process. There are only 10 spaces available! Registration closes on May 23rd at 9pm! Register your interest now via this link:https://bit.ly/38AS0mu   Join us on Sunday for the full episode.

Accessible Astrology with Psychotherapist + Astrologer Eugenia Krok, MA
Astrology For the Week Ahead For Clients & Customers with Eugenia Krok, MA [Instagram and LinkedIn Live 5/19/22]

Accessible Astrology with Psychotherapist + Astrologer Eugenia Krok, MA

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 43:28


Astrologer, Eugenia Krok went live on Thursday, 5/19/22 to discuss the astrology for the week ahead for clients and customers. A few highlights: Mars conjunct Neptune. What do your clients and customers dream? What do they want the most in their lives? Right now there are a lot of opportunities for people to discuss their dreams. Next Monday The Moon, Neptune, Juno, Mars will be in the sign of Pisces, which will delivery blurry energy but Weds and Thursday have a major shift that we all will feel! The majority of the energy will Mars, Jupiter, the moon, Chiron, Aries, and Venus are all in FIRE! This winter has been sleepy but now everyone is waking up! All delusions will be broken. There will be anger, urgency, and fighting energy. Join Eugenia EVERY Thursday at 4 pm MST to hear about astrology and key transits. To WATCH the full episode: https://www.instagram.com/accessible_astrology To BOOK a reading with Eugenia: https://accessibleastrology.as.me/schedule.php LAUNCH of the Accessible Astrology Academy and Research Institute coming soon (June 1, 2022)! Be the first to enroll: https://www.accessibleastrology.com/accessible-astrology-academy To learn more about Accessible Astrology, visit us online: https://www.accessibleastrology.com/      

Pocket-lint podcast
Huawei smartwatch launch, in-car tech, and the Dyson Zone reviewed - Pocket-lint podcast ep. 155

Pocket-lint podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 32:26


Huawei held a flagship product launch this week, where it revealed a new foldable in the shape of the Mate Xs 2 and a couple of smartwatches. Pocket-lint contributing editor Cam Bunton was at the event in Milan so joins host Stuart to explain all. We then talk to Ned Curic, the chief technology officer of leading automotive group Stellantis, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall. He explains why tech is so important to our cars and what's in store for the future.And finally, deputy editor Britta O'Boyle joins Stuart to discuss Dyson Zone, the wacky-looking, air-purifying headphones that promise to not only block out your noisy commute, but help you block pollution too.00:49 – Cam details the Huawei smartphone and smartwatches launch from Milan05:55 - Interview with Ned Curic, CTO at Stellantis 22:54 – Stuart and Brit give their verdict on Dyson ZoneVisit us at pocket-lint.com, check out our latest videos at youtube.com/pocketlintcom and sign up to our daily newsletter at pocket-lint.com/info/newsletter. *** Please also take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks! ***Hosted by Stuart MilesProduction and editing by Stuart MilesGuests: Cam Bunton, Britta O'Boyle, Ned CuricMusic by Lee Rosevere - Let's Start at the Beginning and Southside See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Heart, Soul & Hustle
032. My No-Launch 1:1 Client Attraction Process

Heart, Soul & Hustle

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 20:30


If you've ever wanted to get more 1:1 clients but weren't feeling doing a big launch, webinar, challenge or video series - this epiosde is for you! When you tune in you're going to learn: -> My process for starting 1:1 sales conversations with my idea client -> The way that I run my sales calls to make sure I can support my audience -> What to do once you start 1:1 convos and the importance of asking questions   This is one you don't wanna miss!

Startup Insider
Meditations- und Schlaf-App für Kinder Aumio sammelt 3 Mio. Euro ein (Mental Health • Achtsamkeit)

Startup Insider

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 16:07


Heute begrüßen wir in der Nachmittagsfolge Jean Ochel, Co-Founder von Aumio. Das Berliner Startup verkündete heute seine Seed-Finanzierung in Höhe von 3 Millionen Euro. Das Unternehmen des Gründerteams Jean, Tilman Wiewinner, Felix Noller und Simon Senkl wurde im März 2020 ins Leben gerufen. Das Geschäftsmodell hinter Aumio ist eine Meditations- und Schlaf-App für Kinder, die gemeinsam mit fachkundigen technischen sowie psychologischen Expertinnen und Experten an der FU Berlin entwickelt wurde. Mit spielerischen Übungen und achtsamen Geschichten hilft die App Kindern bei Themen wie Schlaf, Stress und Konzentration. Seit dem Launch im März 2021 konnten Unternehmensangaben zufolge mehr als 200.000 Familien in der DACH Region überzeugt werden. Das Startup kooperiert bereits mit deutschen Krankenkassen - darunter u.a. die Allianz, TK und KKH - und über 900 Lehrerinnen und Lehrern. In der Seed-Finanzierungsrunde wurde Aumio nun 3 Millionen Euro zur Verfügung gestellt. Neben den Early-Stage-Investoren Capacura und BACB Beteiligungsgesellschaft konnten weitere namhafte internationale Geldgeber gewonnen werden. Hauptinvestor ist der VC Partech, der ein Portfolio von mehr als 200 Unternehmen in mehr als 30 Ländern vorweisen kann. 13 dieser Unternehmen haben einen Wert von über 1 Milliarde US-Dollar. :Alan, Bolt, Cazoo, Jellysmack, ManoMano, Merama, People.ai, Rohlik, Sorare, Toss, Wave, WorldRemit, Xendit. Außerdem schließt sich der Community getragene Early-Stage-Venture-Fond byFounders aus Kopenhagen der Runde an, der in 42 Unternehmen, wie z.B. Contractbook, Cobalt, Qvin, Corti oder Safetywing investiert ist. Aumio konnte u.a. die Gründer von Urban Sports Club, Amboss, Vivino und Researchgate als Business Angel überzeugen. Das Ziel von Aumio ist es, innerhalb der kommenden fünf Jahre zur ersten globalen Mental Health Plattform für die ganze Familie zu werden. Für 2022 ist eine Expansion in Europa sowie USA geplant und das Expertenteam soll sich in den nächsten Monaten verdreifachen. Anfang Mai wurden neben der deutschen und englischen Sprache auch erstmalig ukrainische Inhalte veröffentlicht. Bis Ende 2022 ist die Implementierung einer vierten Sprache geplant.

The Fashion Feed
117- a motivational message about posting on instagram

The Fashion Feed

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 4:23


I spent the past couple of days at a trade show & have been speaking to lots of small brands about the ‘I' word … Instagram!   Here's a couple of bits of advice for you that will hopefully get you out of a funk :) links mentioned in the episode You can keep in touch with me via the links below: https://www.elizabethstiles.co.uk/thevp https://www.instagram.com/elizabethstilesuk/ Launch your own fashion brand! (@thefashionbrandclinic)   listen You can listen by clicking through to Apple Podcast here Remember to hit the subscribe button so you don't miss an episode!   contact me If you'd like to find out more about working together on your brand, click here    

LAUNCH Podcast with Allison a Liddle
#156 LAUNCH: Branding Your Business with Allison Liddle

LAUNCH Podcast with Allison a Liddle

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 21:00


In this episode, Allison Liddle shares strategies to brand your business to the next level. There are so many small business owners who feel like they can't become a brand, but right now is actually the best time to do it. Plus, branding your business will attract new clients to your business. In this episode, Allison discusses branding basics.

How Do You Write
Ep, 303: Josephine Smith on How to Launch Your Writing Career Fast with Four Books in a Year

How Do You Write

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 42:18


Rachael talks to Josephine Smith about how to launch a career, fast, and answers some bonus questions about indie publishing! Josephine Smith is a cozy mystery author with a love of hot cups of tea, tricky puzzles, and spending Sunday afternoons with a good book. She lives in Northern California with her husband, dog, and cat, and they all get along most of the time. The Hemlock Inn mysteries is her current series, featuring a charming inn, two senior citizen sidekicks, and an adorable beagle named Lola.How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. Join Rachael's Slack channel, Onward Writers: https://join.slack.com/t/onwardwriters/shared_invite/zt-7a3gorfm-C15cTKh_47CEdWIBW~RKwgRachael can be YOUR mini-coach, and she'll answer all your questions on the show! http://patreon.com/rachael See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Wild Home Podcast
074: Summer Launch Series: Are You Ready to Start a Podcast?

Wild Home Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 10:25


In the podcast industry, we constantly hear from people who are launching a podcast, prepping for a launch, or beginning to dream up their podcast ideas over the summer. Wherever you may be on the spectrum, there are a few considerations you'll want to keep in mind when launching your podcast this summer.  In the first episode of this Summer Launch Series, I'll be breaking down how you can determine whether or not you're ready to start your podcast. You'll hear me share what you need to think about prior to your launch, some of the first things you'll need in place to get started, and a few words of advice for your launch.  What's in this episode: How to determine if you're ready to start a podcast The lens through which you should look at your podcast Why you need to audit your time before starting your show How you might need to get support  For full show notes and a transcript of today's episode, head to wildhomepodcasting.com/podcast/074 Start your podcasting journey today! Grab my free audio series on launching a podcast for your business at wildhomepodcasting.com/launch and connect with me on Instagram @wildhomepodcasting for podcasting insights and tips. Need podcast support? Head to wildhomepodcasting.com/services and launch, uplevel and grow your podcast today!

Um 180 Grad – Marketing, Mindset & mehr
3 kleine Business-Tricks für Dein Unterbewusstsein... ...mit großer Wirkung für Deine innere Einstellung!

Um 180 Grad – Marketing, Mindset & mehr

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 8:40


In den letzten Monaten habe ich mich mal wieder enorm viel mit Gewohnheiten beschäftigt. Ich hab mir Kurse dazu gekauft, Bücher und Artikel dazu gelesen und immer mehr festgestellt, wie sehr es mir aktuell hilft, kleine und große Gewohnheiten neu zu integrieren. Solche Phasen habe ich immer mal wieder. Aber dabei habe ich auch festgestellt, dass ich tatsächlich schon drei kleine Gewohnheiten hatte, die ich gar nicht unbedingt absichtlich oder mit großem Tamtam integriert habe, und sie sich ganz leicht gehalten haben, ohne dass ich mich groß zwingen muss, dranzubleiben. WEIL SIE MIR EHER SPASS UND FREUDE BRINGEN, STATT SICH NACH ANSTRENGUNG ANZUFÜHLEN. Den kompletten Artikel zu dieser Folge findest Du auch hier: www.um180grad.de/203 ERGÄNZEND ZU DIESER FOLGE: - 23 miese Gewohnheiten, die ich abgelegt habe: www.um180grad.de/carina-unzensiert/ - Von null auf Launch – der Erfahrungsbericht einer Durchstarterin!: www.um180grad.de/null-auf-launch/ - Erfolg ist Einstellungssache (und alles, was Dich davon abhält, nur in Deinem Kopf!): www.um180grad.de/erfolg-ist-einstellungssache/ UND JETZT? HÖR GLEICH WEITER: - Folge #202 – Hör auf, Coaching oder Beratungen anzubieten. (Ja, Du liest richtig.): www.um180grad.de/202 - Folge #201 – Der unbürokratische Unterschied zwischen "Freelancerin" und "Unternehmerin": www.um180grad.de/201 - Folge #200 – 3 ungewöhnliche Buch-Empfehlungen für Dein Mindset ...und eine 200-Folgen-Verlosung!: www.um180grad.de/200 Carina, ich liiieeebe Deinen Audioblog! – Das könnte quasi von Dir sein?! Dann mach mir doch eine riesige Freude und schenk mir eine Rezension oder einfach eine Handvoll Sterne auf iTunes, damit der Audioblog noch leichter auch von anderen tollen Frauen wie Dir gefunden wird! Klick dazu auf „Bewertungen und Rezensionen“, danach auf „Eine Rezension schreiben“ und lass mich wissen, wie Du meinen Audioblog findest: Jetzt eine iTunes Rezension einreichen: www.um180grad.de/itunes

CELEBRATING YIN - Werde die Frau, die du wirklich sein willst! | Female Empowerment | Selbstverwirklichung | Berufung | Busin

Heute möchte ich dich mal bewusst hinter die Kulissen eines großen Launches führen: Vor Kurzem habe ich das 3. Jahr in Folge meine Online Business University gelauncht und wieder einmal haben wir unser Ergebnis gesteigert. Bevor du jetzt aber denkst, dass das eine dieser Höher-Schneller-Weiter-Folgen wird, kann ich dich beruhigen bzw. muss ich dich enttäuschen. Für mich sieht mittlerweile wahrer Erfolg ganz anders aus als nur die Zahlen und genau darum geht es in dieser Episode. Viel Spaß beim Zuhören! In dieser Folge über den erfolgreichen Launch meiner OBU erfährst du: Wie der OBU-Launch 2022 mein bisher erfolgreichster und zugleich mein entspanntester Launch wurde, weshalb ich mein Ziel für dieses Jahr sogar etwas niedriger angesetzt hatte, warum ich trotz der erneuten Corona-Welle im Frühjahr und des Ukraine-Krieges im Vertrauen geblieben bin, welche 3 Learnings ich dir für deinen nächsten Launch mitgeben möchte, in welcher Form ich dich unterstützen kann, wenn auch du das nächste Mal erfolgreicher und entspannter Launchen möchtest. Hier findest du alles über den 1:1 VIP Launch Day mit mir... ... https://kristinwoltmann.de/dein-1-1-vip-launch-day/ Hier findest du alles über mich... ...auf Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kristinwoltmannp ...auf Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kristinwoltmann/ Alles Liebe für dich! Deine Kristin

Dave and Dujanovic
Utah prepares for launch of 988 Suicide Crisis Line

Dave and Dujanovic

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 9:48


We talk about mental health and suicide awareness quite a bit on the show, and the issue is still ongoing. Top of mind as we bring you this discussion. The latest to lose her battle to mental illness, Naomi Judd, passed away to disease of mental illness on April 30th. Over the weekend, her life was honored in the "River of Time Celebration" conducted by CMT Rachel Lucynski, Crisis Services Director, Huntsman Mental Health See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mark, My Words!
Andy Zobell of Launch Social Media

Mark, My Words!

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 26:25


Join me as Andy Zobell, the owner of Launch Social Media discusses using social media to drive traffic to your stores and web sites.

Traction
The State of Venture Capital and Getting to $100M ARR with Byron Deeter, Bessemer Venture Partners

Traction

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 57:18


On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI welcomes Byron Deeter, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.   With massive shifts and uncertainty in the markets right now, founders, CEOs, CFOs, and board members alike want to know what the new rules are to play by.   In this episode join Byron for a deep dive on what's going on in Venture Capital and how you can build a cloud unicorn in the current climate.   Byron started as a SaaS CEO and has invested in probably more SaaS IPOs and unicorns than any other VC, from Twilio to Canva, DocuSign, HashiCorp, Box, Intercom, and dozens more. Few have been doing this better, for longer, than Byron.   In this session, Byron covers:   4:29 - What's happening in VC right now 7:29 - Public and private market analysis 13:08 - What's driving decision making and advice in VC at seed and series A vs growth rounds 25:38 - Which metrics boards and investors are watching right now 30:18 - What the best companies are focusing on to drive sustained growth to $100 million 44:34 - When is the right time to build a second product, and when should you become a platform company 51:57 - Where founders should be investing and where they should be pulling back 1:01:37 - Byron's top resources    Learn more at https://tractionconf.io   Connect with Byron Deeter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byrondeeter/   Get more resources from Bessemer Venture Partners at https://www.bvp.com/cloud   Accelerate revenue through Cloud Marketplaces with https://tackle.io    This episode is brought to you by:   Each year the U.S. and Canadian governments provide more than $20 billion in R&D tax credits and innovation incentives to fund businesses. But the application process is cumbersome, prone to costly audits, and receiving the money can take as long as 16 months. Boast automates this process, enabling companies to get more money faster without the paperwork and audit risk. We don't get paid until you do! Find out if you qualify today at https://Boast.AI.   Launch Academy is one of the top global tech hubs for international entrepreneurs and a designated organization for Canada's Startup Visa. Since 2012, Launch has worked with more than 6,000 entrepreneurs from over 100 countries, of which 300 have grown their startups to seed and Series A stage and raised over $2 billion in funding. To learn more about Launch's programs or the Canadian Startup Visa, visit https://LaunchAcademy.ca    Content Allies helps B2B companies build revenue-generating podcasts. We recommend them to any B2B company that is looking to launch or streamline its podcast production. Learn more at https://contentallies.com

Tourpreneur
Launch of the New Look Tourpreneur and Tourpreneur+

Tourpreneur

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 5:50


At Tourpreneur, it is our mission to make sure every tour operator who is a member of our Facebook group or a listener to the podcast achieves one thing, and that is to grow their profit margins. Our aim is to build upon the incredible foundation and values that were created by Shane, while adding more ways for you to learn and grow your business. The core of Tourpreneur will never change. We will continue to grow our community, producing the valued content you have all become accustomed to. If anything, between myself, Mitch And Pete, you will see even more of this free content being produced in the coming weeks and months, including a fresh new look to Tourpreneur. This is just the start of what we are planning to bring to the Tourpreneur community and the start of a huge resource of courses and learning opportunities to help make your business more profitable. We can't wait to show you these and more.  

WULFF DEN Podcast
The only Indie Games we're excited to play this year - WULFF DEN Podcast Ep 81

WULFF DEN Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 130:02


• Intro • All the new indie games announced at Nintendo's Indie World and some that were NOT • Kirby 64 has been added to Nintendo Switch Online • An update on Nintendo Switch sales • Alan wake coming to switch, tv show coming to AMC • Bethesda's Starfield and Redfall delayed • Wata games is going to court • Launch lineup for new Ps+ revealed • Microsoft patent could allow for disc game access on Xbox Series S • New Silent Hill rumors • TWEET OF THE WEEK • Q&A Streamed: May 17th, 2022 on http://twitch.tv/wulffden

UBC News World
Too late to begin retirement planning at 40? Real Estate To Retire Event Launch

UBC News World

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 4:41


Investing in real estate can be your wealth builder and reducer of taxes. Get your questions about tax benefits of real estate investing and, how many rental properties to retire answered at the Expo. You don't want to miss out. Click here ICGRE.com/guide.

Daily Crypto Report
"Robinhood to launch Metamask competitor" May 18th, 2022

Daily Crypto Report

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 2:21


Today's blockchain and cryptocurrency news Brought to you by watchthiscards.com Bitcoin is down slightly at $29,772 Ethereum is down slightly at $2026 and Binance Coin is down slightly at $300 Major law firm LKB & Partners have decided to sue Do Kwon on behalf of investors who lost out on UST. Nansen acquires DeFi investment tracker Ape Board. Robinhood set to launch new DeFi wallet to rival Metamask Ledger set to add a browser extension to connect their hardware to web3 apps Over 5k Eth from the ronin bridge are on the move

Expert Speaker Podcast
Ep.36 - How to Launch a Profitable Online Course for Health Professionals with Sylvie McCracken

Expert Speaker Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 40:30


In this episode, Majeed is joined by Sylvie McCracken. Sylvie McCracken helps hard-working health professionals create a profitable online course and get more from your practice and your life.   With a degree in Business and a never-ending passion for true, life-changing, health, Sylvie launched her first digital product in the health space in 2013.  That business has since gone on to help thousands through our books, programs, and supplements specifically focused on gut health.   Naturally, we started to get questions from health professionals who noticed our impact (and our income) and wanted help doing the same!   That's how we ended up launching our coaching business in 2015, merging our 2 biggest passions: BUSINESS + HEALTH   Over the last several years we've had the privilege to help hundreds of health professionals replace their brick and mortar or day job income with their online businesses and we can't wait to help you do the same!   In this episode: Where Majeed went wrong The wrapping paper and the box Create or sell, which comes first? What do they want? Be specific  Finding the right price Support and delivery Keeping participants engaged Getting clients with online ads Selling without a strategy call Audience Q&A    

The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life
Typeform Breaks $75m Revenue, How the Founder Structures R&D Team of 2 To Build Fast, Launch new Products

The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 18:53


The Poddy Report
Have Lots of Margin in Your Launch Schedule

The Poddy Report

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 4:52


When it comes to launching, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Hear how I plan lots of margin in my launch calendar to avoid the extra stress during a launch.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

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The Eventful Entrepreneur with Dodge Woodall
#86. Shaa Wasmund MBE: The Female Entrepreneur Who Promoted Eubank & Helped Launch Dyson

The Eventful Entrepreneur with Dodge Woodall

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 68:13


Coming from a turbulent childhood living in hostels for the homeless, Shaa Wasmund was determined to create a financially secure future. Whilst studying at the London School of Economics, she seized an opportunity to work with Chris Eubank during the lead up to the biggest fight in British Boxing history against Nigel Benn, and ended up making a name for herself in the sport.Her intelligence, determination and savviness opened doors, and soon she was helping build the brand of a small vacuum cleaning business with a little known inventor named James Dyson!Several successful ventures, a Sunday Times Best Selling Book, and an MBE later, Shaa has become a truly great British entrepreneur.She's a joy to talk with and I can see why the Telegraph described her as having ‘steal balls with spikes on'This is the eventful life of Shaa Wasmund MBE.Website: DodgeWoodall.comInstagram: @Dodge.WoodallLinkedIn: Dodge WoodallYouTube: Dodge Woodall See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Coffe N. 5
Why You Should Launch a Podcast Now with Billy Samoa Saleebey

Coffe N. 5

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 30:22


 Have you ever thought of starting a podcast? This episode is for you! Today we talk to Billy Saleebey about podcasts and why this is a great time to start one. During the pandemic, many people jumped into podcasting, only to realize it's not for everyone.We talk about how to monetize podcasts because often they don't bring in the dough-based on views alone. Billy has a few tips on different ways to make money off your podcast. Billy talks about what it takes to start a successful podcast that has longevity. For example, you need to examine your “why…” If you're in it for the fame, you need to know that it likely won't happen right away. But if you're passionate about your topic, that will make a huge difference when it comes to sticking with your podcast and not giving up soon after starting. We also go over some of the technical aspects of podcasting, production tips, and tips for choosing guests to have on your show. Billy Saleebey is an entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker. He also recently served as Head of Global Sales & Product Training for Tesla.What you'll learn:The boom in podcasts during the pandemicImportance of promoting your podcast How to monetize your podcastThe draw of the human voice in radio and podcastsThe right reasons to get into podcastingTechnical aspects of podcastingChoosing guests for your podcastConnect with Billy through LinkedIn and his websiteCheck out Podify here and tune in for his podcast here!Follow our host Lara Schmoisman on social media: Instagram: @laraschmoismanFacebook: @LaraSchmoismanLinkedIn: @laraschmoismanTwitter: @LaraSchmoismanGo back to the homepage. Smart Passive Income PodcastWeekly interviews, strategy, and advice for building your online business the smart way.Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifySupport the show

Healing Powers Podcast
How to be Successful No Matter What with Elaine Culotti from Undercover Billionaire

Healing Powers Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 20:21


Real estate developer, interior designer, founder of House of Rock, and farm to table farmer, Elaine Culotti currently stars on the second season of the discovery+ reality series “Undercover Billionaire” which airs Wednesdays. This season, the successful entrepreneur bets $1 million that she can go undercover in a random US city, start her own business with just $100 and top the million-dollar mark in just 90 days. Learn more at https://www.elaineculotti.com/ or message her on instagram @lipstickfarmer.Laura's new book Rock Your Podcast: How to Launch, Grow, and Monetize Your Show is a #1 bestseller in Amazon's podcasting and webcasting category! Hard copy and ebook available now! https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Your-Podcast-Launch-Monetize/dp/B08PJWKWCGTo find out more about Laura and her speaking, coaching, and other hosting work visit her website at powershour.biz. You can also find Laura on twitter @thatlaurapowers, on Facebook @thatlaurapowers and on Instagram and TikTok @laurapowers44.

Doing It Online : The Doable Online Marketing Podcast with Kate McKibbin
”How the heck do you launch an online course in 2022” - Part 2

Doing It Online : The Doable Online Marketing Podcast with Kate McKibbin

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 26:21


Things You'll Learn in this Episode of Doing it Online: We'll go through the pros + cons of the different program formats… How to work out which format is the best one for you, your client + your business…   How the heck do you launch an online course in 2022?  (PART 2!)   Great question! In fact, we love it so much we're kicking off a new series just to answer it!    Over the next few episodes we're going to get our practical hats on (as you know I love to do) and I'm going to walk you through the process of how to launch your own online course…    Step by step.    It's basically a condensed version of one of the projects we have inside eCourse Empire…(minus all the support, worksheets etc, but it's still going to give you lots of great info to get you started!)     Last week you narrowed down your course ideas and now in part 2 we're going to look at putting a plan around your idea and how you can make that amazing for your clients, and makes sense for your business too...    So jump in!   Want More? Want some help creating, launching, automating and scaling your own online course? Check out eCourse Empire, we'd love to have you! Want access to my 5-Day eCourse MBA (Mini Business Accelerator) for FREE? Just leave an honest review and then submit your details at katesbonus.com (and our favourites each week will win an exclusive Doing It Online camper mug as well!) Want more funnel goodies? Head to hellofunnels.co/podcast

NFT 365: 1st Daily Podcast Minting NFTs
187. NFT Project: Launch: Start with Discord or Twitter First?

NFT 365: 1st Daily Podcast Minting NFTs

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 29:23


This episode starts with a simple question inspired by the MetaAthletes "MetaMind Utility Twitter Space" and the question is: Where should you start first as far as growing your NFT project audience: Twitter or Discord?  Now as you know no question is really simple in Web 3.0 and I had a lot to say on the topic...  I was fired up and ended up turning my Kevin Costner story of "The field of dreams game is over" into why the answer is neither as you have to train the teams, create the field, paint the lines, put up the homerun fence then you get the fans to the ballpark..  Don't worry if you're confused I promise listen to this episode and it will all make sense!  https://www.metaathletesnft.com/   As always: DO YOU OWN DAMN RESEARCH and we hope you enjoy coming on this Mint 365 journey as we buy an NFT every day for 365 days: https://www.nft365podcast.com/mint365 The 1st DAILY Podcast buying an NFT mint every day for a year! SuperPOWERED $ADHD Creator Coins on Rally.IO  The NFT365 Podcast is Hosted by digital futurist Brian Fanzo.  ------- Learn more about the NFT365 Podcast

Launch Financial with Brad Sherman.
Ep. 88 Launch Financial- How To Think About Your Investment Portfolio During An Economic Downturn

Launch Financial with Brad Sherman.

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 13:34


Overview: Tune into this week's episode of Launch Financial as we discuss the continued economic downturn and how you can be thinking about your investment porfolio and time horizon during this time. We also discuss the importance of credit, roth conversions and more! Show Notes:

Visionary Life
217 Leaving Corporate to Launch a Social Media Agency | Ingrid Deon

Visionary Life

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 58:16


Today on the show I am sitting down with Ingrid Deon.Ingrid is a social media expert and founder of word-craft, a digital agency located in Canada. Her company works with national brands such as Nestle, Kraft Dinner and Manulife Bank, as well as smaller sized companies.We talk about how she got into social media with no prior experience, how she stays on top of social trends and tips for establishing boundaries with time spent on social media. We also touch on…Her specialty in organic social media strategyContent creation tipsHow to boost engagementHow she got into social media and eventually started an agency, with no prior experienceHow she stays on top of constantly evolving social media trendsThe power of word of mouth marketingEstablishing boundaries with time spent on socialReactive engagement vs. active& MORE!Connect with Ingrid and with Word Craft. http://www.word-craft.ca/ https://www.instagram.com/wordcraftinc/ Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or YouTubeLet's connect on Instagram or find out more about Private Business & Marketing Coaching on my WebsiteEmail List: Steal the Tools, Templates & Frameworks that help me to run my 6-figure Online Business! Subscribe now >>Free Online Course for New Business Owners:Ready to start your Online Business? In just 5 days, you could have the entire business plan mapped out… Enroll free >>Private Business & Marketing Coaching: Over 200 clients can't be wrong. Learn more >>

My Amazon Guy
Amazon Journey: Colby Almond "Conversion is the most Important Metric"

My Amazon Guy

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 32:01


Colby is an Amazon expert and seller. Specialties: Ecommerce Growth and Scaling, Amazon Optimization, Email Marketing, Social Advertising, PPC, Viral Marketing, SEO, Content and Site Development, Business Strategy, Pinterest Marketing, Digital Marketing Coaching, and Training.00:00 Amazon Journey with Colby Almond00:25 More about Colby Almond01:14 How did Colby start on Amazon02:03 What was it like working for big companies03:12 From big company to agency04:14 What attracted Colby to go private label04:48 What Colby learned along the way learning AMZ stuff05:33 Why SEO a misunderstood/underrated topic06:59 On a scale of 1-10, how hard is SEO for coins07:37 What to sell09:02 How to sift through product sourcing10:53 What data set/tools should AMZ have before12:30 Opinion on the new surcharge on FBA fees13:11 Have you heard any rumors about the new features that are rolling out for SC being available for VC?  13:42 Can we strat AMZ FBA PL business w/ $15k14:24 Would you think I should sign up for my seller's account or wait till I find that product15:00 SEO is a dirty word for AMZ. They want people to blindly believe that ranking/visibility strictly comes from PPC/Algo16:39 What are some of the changes that some people might not be aware of19:26 Why Colby focused on mobile 21:12 Favorite SEO hacks23:01 I'm curious what you're using for a tech stack for measuring and monitoring AMZ SEO26:00 What are the better approaches when creating brand awareness on a newly launched product27:15 Launch hacks or tips Coby recommend28:18 Favorite AMZ hack of 202229:29 How much time we will take to test any keyword and what if it is not performing well, we will add it to the negative keywords list30:03 Suggested number of clicks30:39 Where people can hold of Colby Almond30:55 How did Steven and Colby connectSupport the show

Winner Take All
Winner Take All #204 | B2B News: Amazon + Home Depot Launch VC Funds, B2B Tech Investment Ramps Up

Winner Take All

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 19:46


It's a special edition of the show focused on news in the B2B industry. First, we take a look at both Amazon and Home Depot making announcements that they'll be launching funds to invest in B2B technology startups. I break down what these companies have invested in so far and explain why this should be a wake up call for traditional distributors in B2B. Also in this episode, a look at a top HVAC distributor and a top IT distributor embracing marketplace and tech investment. #VCInvesting #B2B #Distribution —

Screaming in the Cloud
Stepping Onto the AWS Commerce Platform with James Greenfield

Screaming in the Cloud

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 45:23


About JamesJames has been part of AWS for over 15 years. During that time he's led software engineering for Amazon EC2 and more recently leads the AWS Commerce Platform group that runs some of the largest systems in the world, handling volumes of data and request rates that would make your eyes water. And AWS customers trust us to be right all the time so there's no room for error.Links Referenced:Email: jamesg@amazon.comTranscriptAnnouncer: Hello, and welcome to Screaming in the Cloud with your host, Chief Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group, Corey Quinn. This weekly show features conversations with people doing interesting work in the world of cloud, thoughtful commentary on the state of the technical world, and ridiculous titles for which Corey refuses to apologize. This is Screaming in the Cloud.Corey: This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Vultr. Optimized cloud compute plans have landed at Vultr to deliver lightning-fast processing power, courtesy of third-gen AMD EPYC processors without the IO or hardware limitations of a traditional multi-tenant cloud server. Starting at just 28 bucks a month, users can deploy general-purpose, CPU, memory, or storage optimized cloud instances in more than 20 locations across five continents. Without looking, I know that once again, Antarctica has gotten the short end of the stick. Launch your Vultr optimized compute instance in 60 seconds or less on your choice of included operating systems, or bring your own. It's time to ditch convoluted and unpredictable giant tech company billing practices and say goodbye to noisy neighbors and egregious egress forever. Vultr delivers the power of the cloud with none of the bloat. “Screaming in the Cloud” listeners can try Vultr for free today with a $150 in credit when they visit getvultr.com/screaming. That's G-E-T-V-U-L-T-R dot com slash screaming. My thanks to them for sponsoring this ridiculous podcast.Corey: Finding skilled DevOps engineers is a pain in the neck! And if you need to deploy a secure and compliant application to AWS, forgettaboutit! But that's where DuploCloud can help. Their comprehensive no-code/low-code software platform guarantees a secure and compliant infrastructure in as little as two weeks, while automating the full DevSecOps lifestyle. Get started with DevOps-as-a-Service from DuploCloud so that your cloud configurations are done right the first time. Tell them I sent you and your first two months are free. To learn more visit: snark.cloud/duplo. Thats's snark.cloud/D-U-P-L-O-C-L-O-U-D. Corey: Welcome to Screaming in the Cloud. I'm Corey Quinn. And I've been angling to get someone from a particular department at AWS on this show for nearly its entire run. If you were to find yourself in an Amazon building and wander through the various dungeons and boiler rooms and subterranean basements—I presume; I haven't seen nearly as many of you inside of those buildings as people might think—you pass interesting departments labeled things like ‘Spline Reticulation,' or whatnot. And then you come to a very particular group called Commerce Platform.Now, I'm not generally one to tell other people's stories for them. My guest today is James Greenfield, the VP of Commerce Platform at AWS. James, thank you for joining me and suffering the slings and arrows I will no doubt be hurling at you.James: Thanks for having me. I'm looking forward to it.Corey: So, let's start at the very beginning—because I guarantee you, you're going to do a better job of giving the chapter and verse answer than I would from a background mired deeply in snark—what is Commerce Platform? It sounds almost like it's the retail website that sells socks, books, and underpants.James: So, Commerce Platform actually spans a bunch of different things. And so, I'm going to try not to bore you with a laundry list of all of the things that we do—it's a much longer list than most people assume even internal to AWS—at its core, Commerce Platform owns all of the infrastructure and processes and software that takes the fact that you've been running an EC2 instance, or you're storing an object in S3 for some period of time, and turns it into a number at the end of the month. That is what you asked for that service and then proceeds to try to give you as many ways to pay us as easily as possible. There are a few other bits in there that are maybe less obvious. One is we're also responsible for protecting the platform and our customers from fraudulent activity. And then we're also responsible for helping collect all of the data that we need for internal reporting to support some of the back-ends services that a business needs to do things like revenue recognition and general financial reporting.Corey: One of the interesting aspects about the billing system is just how deeply it permeates everything that happens within AWS. I frequently say that when it comes to cloud, cost and architecture are foundationally and fundamentally the same exact thing. If your entire service goes down, a few interesting things happen. One, I don't believe a single customer is going to complain other than maybe a few accountants here and there because the books aren't reconciling, but also you've removed a whole bunch of constraints around why things are the way that they are. Like, what is the most efficient way to run this workload?Well, if all the computers suddenly become free, I don't really care about efficiency, so much is, “Oh, hey. There's a fly, what do I have as a flyswatter? That's right, I'm going to drop a building on it.” And those constraints breed almost everything. I've said, for example, that S3 has infinite storage because it does.They can add drives faster than we're able to fill them—at least historically; they added some more replication services—but they're going to be able to buy hard drives faster than the rest of us are going to be able to stretch our budgets. If that constraint of the budget falls away, all bets are really off, and more or less, we're talking about the destruction of the cloud as a viable business entity. No pressure or anything.James: [laugh].Corey: You're also a recent transplant into AWS billing as a whole, Commerce Platform in general. You spent 15 years at the company, the vast majority of that over an EC2. So, either it was you've been exiled to a basically digital Siberia or it was one of those, “Okay, keeping all the EC2 servers up, this is easy. I don't see what people stress about.” And they say, “Oh, ho ho, try this instead.” How did you find yourself migrating over to the Commerce Platform?James: That's actually one I've had a lot from folks that I've worked with. You're right, I spent the first 15 or so years of my career at AWS in EC2, responsible for various things over there. And when the leadership role in Commerce Platform opened up, the timing was fortuitous, and part of it, I was in the process of relocating my family. We moved to Vancouver in the middle of last year. And we had an opening in the role and started talking about, potentially, me stepping into that role.The reason that I took it—there's a few reasons, but the primary reason is that if I look back over my career, I've kind of naturally gravitated towards owning things where people only really remember that they exist when they're not working. And for some reason, you know, I enjoy the opportunity to try to keep those kinds of services ticking over to the point where people don't notice them. And so, Commerce Platform lands squarely in that space. I've always been attracted to opportunities to have an impact, and it's hard to imagine having much more of an impact than in the Commerce Platform space. It underpins everything, as you said earlier.Every single one of our customers depends on the service, whether they think about it or realize it. Every single service that we offer to customers depends on us. And so, that really is the sort of nexus within AWS. And I'm a platform guy, I've always been a platform guy. I like the force multiplier nature of platforms, and so Commerce Platform, you know, as I kind of thought through all of those elements, really was a great opportunity to step in.And I think there's something to be said for, I've been a customer of Commerce Platform internally for a long time. And so, a chance to cross over and be on the other side of that was something that I didn't want to pass up. And so, you know, I'm digging in, and learning quickly, ramping up. By no means an expert, very dependent on a very smart, talented, committed group of people within the team. That's kind of the long and short of how and why.Corey: Let's say that I am taking on the role of an AWS product team, for the sake of argument. I know, keep the cringe down for a second, as far as oh, God, the wince is just inevitable when the idea of me working there ever comes up to anyone. But I have an idea for a service—obviously, it runs containers, and maybe it does some other things as well—going from idea to six-pager to MVP to barely better than MVP day-one launch, and at some point, various things happen to that service. It gets staff with a team, objectives and a roadmap get built, a P&L and budget, and a pricing model and the rest. One the last thing that happens, apparently, is someone picks the worst name off of a list of candidates, slaps it on the product, and ships it off there.At what point does the billing system and figuring out the pricing dimensions for a given service tend to factor in? Is that a last-minute story? Is that almost from the beginning? Where along that journey does, “Oh, by the way, we're building this thing. Maybe we should figure out, I don't know, how to make money from it.” Factor into the conversation?James: There are two parts to that answer. Pretty early on as we're trying to define what that service is going to look like, we're already typically thinking about what are the dimensions that we might charge along. The actual pricing discussions typically happen fairly late, but identifying those dimensions and, sort of, the right way to present it to customers happens pretty early on. The thing that doesn't happen early enough is actually pulling the Commerce Platform team in. but it is something that we're going to work this year to try to get a little bit more in front of.Corey: Have you found historically that you have a pretty good idea of how a service is going to be priced, everything is mostly thought through, a service goes to either private preview or you're discussing about a launch, and then more or less, I don't know, someone like me crops up with a, “Hey, yeah, let's disregard 90% of what the service does because I see a way to misuse the remaining 10% of it as a database.” And you run some mental math and realize, “Huh. We're suddenly giving, like, eight petabytes of storage per customer away for free. Maybe we should guard against that because otherwise, it's rife with misuse.” It used to be that I could find interesting ways to sneak through the cracks of various services—usually in pursuit of a laugh—those are getting relatively hard to come by and invariably a lot more trouble than they're worth. Is that just better comprehensive diligence internally, is that learning from customers, or am I just bad at this?James: No, I mean, what you're describing is almost a variant of the Defender's Dilemma. They are way more ways to abuse something than you can imagine, and so defending against that is pretty challenging. And it's important because, you know, if you turn the economics of something upside down, then it just becomes harder for us to offer it to customers who want to use it legitimately. I would say 90% of that improvement is us learning. We make plenty of mistakes, but I think, you know, one of the things that I've always been impressed by over my time here is how intentional we are trying to learn from those mistakes.And so, I think that's what you're seeing there. And then we try very hard to listen to customers, talk to folks like you, because one of the best ways to tackle anything it smells of the Defender's Dilemma is to harness that collective creativity of a large number of smart people because you really are trying to cover as much ground as possible.Corey: There was a fun joke going around a while back of what is the most expensive environment you can get running on a free tier account before someone from AWS steps in, and I think I got it to something like half a billion dollars in the first month. Now, I haven't actually tested this for reasons that mostly have to do with being relatively poor compared to, you know, being able to buy Guam. And understanding as well the fraud protections built into something like AWS are largely built around defending against getting service usage for free that in some way, shape or form, benefits the attacker. The easy example of that would be mining cryptocurrency, which is just super-economic as long as you use someone else's AWS account to do it. Whereas a lot of my vectors are, “Yeah, ignore all of that. How do I just make the bill artificially high? What can I do to misuse data transfer? And passing a single gigabyte through, how much can I make that per gigabyte cost be?” And, “Oh, circular replication and the Lambda invokes itself pattern,” and basically every bad architectural decision you can possibly make only this time, it's intentional.And that shines some really interesting light on it. And I have to give credit where due, a lot of that didn't come from just me sitting here being sick and twisted nearly so much as it did having seen examples of that type of misconfiguration—by mistake—in a variety of customer accounts, most confidently my own because it turns out that the way I learn things is by screwing them up first.James: Yeah, you've touched on a couple of different things in there. So, you know, maybe the first one is, I typically try to draw a line between fraud and abuse. And fraud is essentially trying to spend somebody else's money to get something for free. And we spent a lot of time trying to shut that down, and we're getting really good at catching it. And then abuse is either intentional or unintentional. There's intentional abuse: You find a chink in our armor and you try to take advantage of it.But much more commonly is unintentional abuse. It's not really abuse, you know. Abuse has very negative connotations, but it's unintentionally setting something up so that you run up a much larger bill than you intended. And we have a number of different internal efforts, and we're working on a bunch more this year, to try to catch those early on because one of my personal goals is to minimize the frequency with which we surprise customers. And the least favorite kind of surprise for customers is a [laugh] large bill. And so, what you're talking about there is, in a sufficiently complex system, there's always going to be weaknesses and ways to get yourself tied up in knots.We're trying both at the service team level, but also within my teams to try to find ways to make it as hard as possible to accidentally do that to yourself and then catch when you do so that we can stop it. And even more on the intentional abuse side of things, if somebody's found a way to do something that's problematic for our services, then you know, that's pretty much on us. But we will often reach out and engage with whoever's doing and try to understand what they're trying to do and why. Because often, somebody's trying to do something legitimate, they've got a problem to solve, they found a creative way to solve it, and it may put strain on the service because it's just not something we designed for, and so we'll try to work with them to use that to feed into either new services, or find a better place for that workload, or just bolster what they're using. And maybe that's something that eventually becomes a fully-fledged feature that we offer the customers. We're always open to learning from our customers. They have found far more creative ways to get really cool things done with our services than we've ever imagined. And that's true today.Corey: I mean, most of my service criticisms come down to the fact that you have more-or-less built a very late model, high performing iPad, and I'm out there complaining about, “What a shitty hammer this thing is, it barely works at all, and then it breaks in my hand. What gives?” I would also challenge something you said a minute ago that the worst day for some customers is to get a giant surprise bill, but [unintelligible 00:13:53] to that is, yeah, but, on some level, that kind of only money; you do have levers on your side to fix those issues. A worse scenario is you have a customer that exhibits fraud-like behavior, they're suddenly using far more resources than they ever did before, so let's go ahead and turn them off or throttle them significantly, and you call them up to tell them you saved them some money, and, “Our Superbowl ad ran. What exactly do you think you're doing?” Because they don't get a second bite at that kind of Apple.So, there's a parallel on both sides of this. And those are just two examples. The world is full of nuances, and at the scale that you folks operate at. The one-in-a-million events happen multiple times a second, the corner cases become common cases, and I'm surprised—to be direct—how little I see you folks dropping the ball.James: Credit to all of the teams. I think our secret sauce, if anything, really does come down to our people. Like, a huge amount of what you see as hopefully relatively consistent, good execution comes down to people behind the scenes making sure. You know, like, some of it is software that we built and made sure it's robust and tested to scale, but there's always an element of people behind the scenes, when you hit those edge cases or something doesn't quite go the way that you planned, making sure that things run smoothly. And that, if anything, is something that I'm immensely proud of and is kind of amazing to watch from the inside.Corey: And, on some level, it's the small errors that are the bigger concern than the big ones. Back a couple years ago, when they announced GP3 volumes at re:Invent, well, great, well spin up a test volume and kick the tires on it for an hour. And I think it was 80 or 100 gigs or whatnot, and the next day in the bill, it showed up as about $5,000. And it was, “Okay, that's not great. Not great at all.” And it turned out that it was a mispricing error by I think a factor of a million.And okay, at least it stood out. But there are scenarios where we were prepared to pay it because, oops, you got one over on us. Good job. That's never been the mindset I've gotten about AWS's philosophy for pricing. The better example that I love because no one took it seriously, was a few years before that when there was a LightSail bug in the billing system, and it made the papers because people suddenly found that for their LightSail instance, they were getting predicted bills of $4 billion.And the way I see it, you really only had to make that work once and then you've made your numbers for the year, so why not? Someone's going to pay for it, probably. But that was such out-of-the-world numbers that no one saw that and ever thought it was anything other than a bug. It's the small pernicious things that creep in. Because the billing system is vast; I had no idea when I started working with AWS bills just how complicated it really was.James: Yeah, I remember both of those, and there's something in there that you touched on that I think is really important. That's something that I realized pretty early on at Amazon, and it's why customer obsession is our flagship leadership principle. It's not because it's love and butterflies and unicorns; customer obsession is key to us because that's how you build a long-term sustainable business is your customers depend on you. And it drives how we think about everything that we do. And in the billing space, small errors, even if there are small errors in the customer's favor, slowly erode that trust.So, we take any kind of error really seriously and we try to figure out how we can make sure that it doesn't happen again. We don't always get that right. As you said, we've built an enormous, super-complex business to growing really quickly, and really quick growth like that always acts as kind of a multiplier on top of complexity. And on the pricing points, we're managing millions of pricing points at the moment.And our tools that we use internally, there's always room for improvement. It's a huge area of focus for us. We're in the beginning of looking at applying things like formal methods to make sure that we can make very hard guarantees about the correctness of some of those. But at the end of the day, people are plugging numbers in and you need as many belts and braces as possible to make sure that you don't make mistakes there.Corey: One of the things that struck me by surprise when I first started getting deep into this space was the fact that the finalized bill was—what does it mean to have this be ‘finalized?' It can hit the Cost and Usage Report in an S3 bucket and it can change retroactively after the month closed periodically. And that's when I started to have an inkling of a few things: Not just the sheer scale and complexity inherent to something like the billing system that touches everything, but the sheer data retention stories where you clearly have to be able to go back and reconstruct a bill from the raw data years ago. And I know what the output of all of those things are in the form of Cost and Usage Reports and the billing data from our client accounts—which is the single largest expense in all of our AWS accounts; we spent thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars a year just on storing all of that data, let alone the processing piece of it—the sheer scale is staggering. I used to wonder why does it take you a day to record me using something to it's showing up in the bill? And the more I learned the more it became a how can you do that in only a day?James: Yes, the scale is actually mind-boggling. I'm pretty sure that the core of our billing system is—I'm reasonably confident it's the largest or one of the largest data processing systems on the planet. I remember pretty early on when I joined Commerce Platform and was still starting to wrap my head around some of these things, Googling the definition of quadrillion because we measured the number of metering events, which is how we record usage in services, on a daily basis in the quadrillions, which is a billion billions. So, it's just an absolutely staggering number. And so, the scale here is just out of this world.That's saying something because it's not like other services across AWS are small in their own right. But I'm still reasonably sure that being one of a handful of services that is kind of at the nexus of AWS and kind of deals with the aggregate of AWS's scale, this is probably one of the biggest systems on the planet. And that shows up in all sorts of places. You start with that input, just the sheer volume of metering events, but that has to produce as an output pretty fine-grained line item detailed information, which ultimately rolls up into the total that a customer will see in their bill. But we have a number of different systems further down the pipeline that try to do things like analyze your usage, make sensible recommendations, look for opportunities to improve your efficiency, give you the ability to slice and dice your data and allocate it out to different parts of your business in whatever way it makes sense for your business. And so, those systems have to deal with anywhere from millions to billions to recently, we were talking about trillions of data points themselves. And so, I was tangentially aware of some of the scale of this, but being in the thick of it having joined the team really just does underscore just how vast the systems are.Corey: I think it's, on some level, more than a little unfortunate that that story isn't being more widely told, more frequently. Because when Commerce Platform has job postings that are available on the website, you read it and it's very vague. It doesn't tend to give hard numbers about a lot of these things, and people who don't play in these waters can easily be forgiven for thinking the way that you folks do your job is you fire up one of those 24 terabyte of RAM instances that—you know, those monstrous things that you folks offer—and what do you do next? Well, Microsoft Excel. We have a special high memory version that we've done some horse-trading with our friends over at Microsoft for.It's, yeah, you're several steps beyond that, at this point. It's a challenging problem that every one of your customers has to deal with, on some level, as well. But we're only dealing with the output of a lot of the processing that you folks are doing first.James: You're exactly right. And a big focus for some of my teams is figuring out how to help customers deal with that output. Because even if you're talking about couple of orders of magnitude reduction, you're still talking about very large numbers there. So, to help customers make sense of that, we have a range of tools that exist, we're investing in.There's another dimension of complexity in the space that I think is one that's also very easy to miss. And I think of it as arbitrary complexity. And it's arbitrary because some of the rules that we have to box within here are driven by legislative changes. As you operate more and more countries around the world, you want to make sure that we're tax compliant, that we help our customers be tax compliant. Those rules evolve pretty rapidly, and Country A may sit next to Country B, but that doesn't mean that they're talking to one another. They've all got their own ideas. They're trying to accomplish r—00:22:47Corey: A company is picking up and relocating from India to Germany. How do we—James: Exactly.Corey: —change that on the AWS side and the rest? And it's, “Hoo boy, have you considered burning it all down and filing an insurance claim to start over?” And, like, there's a lot of complexity buried underneath that that just doesn't rise to the notice of 99% of your customers.James: And the fact that it doesn't rise to the notice is something that we strive for. Like, these shouldn't be things that customers have to worry about. Because it really is about clearing away the things that, as far as possible, you don't want to have to spend time thinking about so that you can focus on the thing that your business does that differentiates you. It's getting rid of that undifferentiated heavy lifting. And there's a ton of that in this space, and if you're blissfully unaware of it, then hopefully that means that we're doing our job.Corey: What I'm, I think, the most surprised about, and I have been for a long time. And please don't take this as an insult to various other folks—engineers, the rest, not just in other parts of AWS but throughout the other industry—but talking to the people who work within Commerce Platform has always been just a fantastic experience. The caliber of people that you have managed to attract and largely retain—we don't own people, they do matriculate out eventually—but the caliber of people that you've retained on your teams has just been out of this world. And at first, I wondered, why are these awesome people working on something as boring and prosaic as billing? And then I started learning a little bit more as I went, and, “Oh, wow. How did they learn all the stuff that they have to hold in their head in tension at once to be able to build things like this?” It's incredibly inspiring just watching the caliber of the people that you've been able to bring in.James: I've been really, really excited joining this team, as I've gotten other folks on the team because there's some super-smart people here. But what's really jumped out to me is how committed the team is. This is, for the most part, a team that has been in the space for many years. Many of them have—we talk about boomerangs, folks who live AWS, go spend some time somewhere else and come back and there's a surprisingly high proportion of folks in Commerce Platform who have spent time somewhere else and then come back because they enjoy the space, they find that challenging, folks are attracted to the ability to have an impact because it is so foundational. But yeah, there's a super-committed core to this team. And I really enjoy working with teams where you've got that because then you really can take the long view and build something great. And I think we have tons of opportunities to do that here.Corey: It sounds ridiculous, but I've reached out to team members before to explain two-cent variances in my bill, and never once have I been confronted with a, “It's two cents. What do you care?” They understand the requirement that these things be accurate, not just, “Eh, take our word for it.” And also, frankly, they understand that two cents on a $20 bill looks a little different on a $20 million bill. So yeah, let us figure out if this is systemic or something I have managed to break.It turns out the Cost and Usage Report processing systems don't love it when there's a cost allocation tag whose name contains an emoji. Who knew? It's the little things in life that just have this fun way of breaking when you least expect it.James: They're also a surprisingly interesting problem. So like, it turns out something as simple as rounding numbers consistently across a distributed system at this scale, is a non-trivial problem. And if you don't, then you do get small seventh or eighth decimal place differences that add up to something that then shows up as a two-cent difference somewhere. And so, there's some really, really interesting problems in the space. And I think the team often takes these kinds of things as a personal challenge. It should be correct, and it's not, so we should go make sure it is correct. The interesting problems abound here, but at the end of the day, it's the kind of thing that any engineering team wants to go and make sure it's correct because they know that it can be.Corey: This episode is sponsored in parts by our friend EnterpriseDB. EnterpriseDB has been powering enterprise applications with PostgreSQL for 15 years. And now EnterpriseDB has you covered wherever you deploy PostgreSQL on premises, private cloud, and they just announced a fully managed service on AWS and Azure called BigAnimal, all one word. Don't leave managing your database to your cloud vendor because they're too busy launching another half dozen manage databases to focus on any one of them that they didn't build themselves. Instead, work with the experts over at EnterpriseDB. They can save you time and money, they can even help you migrate legacy applications, including Oracle, to the cloud.To learn more, try BigAnimal for free. Go to biganimal.com/snark, and tell them Corey sent you.Corey: On the one hand, I love people who just round and estimate—we all do that, let's be clear; I sit there and I back-of-the-envelope everything first. But then I look at some of your pricing pages and I count the digits after the zeros. Like, you're talking about trillionths of a dollar on some of your pricing points. And you add it up in the course of a given hour and it's like, oh, it's $250 a month, most months. And it's you work backwards to way more decimal places of precision than is required, sometimes.I'm also a personal fan of the bill that counts, for example, number of Route 53 zones. Great. And it counts them to four decimal places of precision. Like, I don't even know what half of it Route 53 zone is at this point, let alone something to, like, ah the 1,000th of the zone is going to cause this. It's all an artifact of what the underlying systems are.Can you by any chance shed a little light on what the evolution of those systems has been over a period of time? I have to imagine that anything you built in the early days, 16 years ago or so from the time of this recording when S3 launched to general availability, you probably didn't have to worry about this scope and scale of what you do, now. In fact, I suspect if you tried to funnel this volume through S3 back then, the whole thing would have collapsed under its own weight. What's evolved over the time that you had the billing system there? Because changes come slowly to your environment. And frankly, I appreciate that as a customer. I don't like surprising people in finance.James: Yeah, you're totally right. So, I joined the EC2 team as an engineer myself, some 16 years ago, and the very first thing that I did was our billing integration. And so, my relationship with the Commerce Platform organization—what was the billing team way back when—it goes back over my entire career at AWS. And at the time, the billing team was similar, you know, [unintelligible 00:28:34] eight people. And that was everything. There was none of the scale and complexity; it was all one system.And much like many of our biggest, oldest services—EC2 is very similar, S3 is as well—there's been significant growth over the last decade-and-a-half. A lot of that growth has been rapid, and rapid growth presents its own challenges. And you live with decisions that you make early on that you didn't realize were significant decisions that have pretty deep implications 15 years later. We're still working through some of those; they present their own challenges. Evolving an existing system to keep up with the growth of business and a customer base that's as varied and complex as ours is always challenging.And also harder but I also think more fun than a clean sheet redo at this point. Like, that's a great thought exercise for, well, if we got to do this again today, what would we do now that we've learned so much over the last 15 years? But there's this—I find it personally fascinating challenge with evolving a live system where it's like, “No, no, like, things exist, so how do we go from there to where we want to be next?”Corey: Turn the billing system off for 18 months, rebuild—James: Yeah. [laugh].Corey: The whole thing from first principles. Light it up. I'm sure you'd have a much better billing system, and also not a company left anymore.James: [laugh]. Exactly, exactly. I've always enjoyed that challenge. You know, even prior to AWS, my previous careers have involved similar kinds of constraints where you've got a live system, or you've got an existing—in the one case, it was an existing SDK that was deployed to tens of thousands of customers around the world, and so backwards compatibility was something that I spent the first five years of my career thinking about it way more detail than I think most people do. And it's a very similar mindset. And I enjoy that challenge. I enjoy that: How do I evolve from here to there without breaking customers along the way?And that's something that we take pretty seriously across AWS. I think SimpleDB is the poster child for we never turn things off. But that applies equally to the services that are maybe less visible to customers, and billing is definitely one of them. Like, we don't get to switch stuff off. We don't get to throw things away and start again. It's this constant state of evolution.Corey: So, let's say that I were to find a way to route data through a series of two Managed NAT Gateways and then egress to internet, and the sheer density of the expense of that traffic tears a hole in the fabric of space-time, it goes back 15 years ago, and you can make a single change to how the billing system was built. What would it be? What pisses you off the most about the current constraints that you have to work within or around?James: I think one of the biggest challenges we've got, actually, is the concept of an account. Because an account means half-a-dozen different things. And way back, when it seemed like a great idea, you just needed an account; an account was your customer, and it was the same thing as the boundary that you put all your resources inside. And of course, it's the same thing that you're going to roll all of your usage up and issue a bill against. And that has been one of the areas that's seen the most evolution and probably still has a pretty long way to go.And what's interesting about that is, that's probably something we could have seen coming because we watched the retail business go through, kind of, the same evolution because they started with, well, a customer is a customer is a customer and had to evolve to support the concept of sellers and partners. And then users are different than customers, and you want to log in and that's a different thing. So, we saw that kind of bifurcation of a single entity into a wide range of different related but separate entities, and I think if we'd looked at that, you know, thought out 15 years, then yeah, we could probably have learned something from that. But at the same time, when AWS first kicked off, we had wild ambitions for it, but there was no guarantee that it was going to be the monster that it is today. So, I'm always a little bit reluctant to—like, it's a great thought exercise, but it's easy to end up second-guessing a pretty successful 15 years, so I'm always a little bit careful to walk that line. But I think account is one of the things that we would probably go back and think about a little bit more.Corey: I want to be very clear with this next question that it is intentionally setting up a question I suspect you get a lot. It does not mirror my own thinking on the matter even slightly, but I get a version of it myself all the time. “AWS bills, that sounds boring as hell. Why would you choose to work on such a thing?” Now, I have a laundry list of answers to that aren't nearly as interesting as I suspect yours are going to be. What makes working on this problem space interesting to you?James: There's a bunch of different things. So, first and foremost, the scale that we're talking about here is absolutely mind-blowing. And for any engineer who wants to get stuck into problems that deal with mind-blowingly large volumes of data, incredibly rich dimensions, problems where, honestly, applying techniques like statistical reasoning or machine learning is really the only way to chip away at it, that exists in spades in the space. It's not always immediately obvious, and I think from the outside, it's easy to assume this is actually pretty simple. So, the scale is a huge part of that.Corey: “Oh, petabytes. How quaint.”James: [laugh]. Exactly. Exactly I mean, it's mind-blowing every time I see some of the numbers in various parts of the Commerce Platform space. I talked about quadrillions earlier. Trillions is a pretty common unit of measure.The complexity that I talked about earlier, that's a result of external environments is another one. So, imposed by external entities, whether it's a government or a tax authority somewhere, or a business requirement from customers, or ourselves. I enjoy those as well. Those are different kinds of challenge. They really keep you on your toes.I enjoy thinking of them as an engineering problem, like, how do I get in front of them? And that's something we spend a lot of time doing in Commerce Platform. And when we get it right, customers are just unaware of it. And then the third one is, I personally am always attracted to the opportunity to have an impact. And this is a space where we get to hopefully positively impact every single customer every day. And that, to me is pretty fulfilling.Those are kind of the three standout reasons why I think this is actually a super-exciting space. And I think it's often an underestimated space. I think once folks join the team and sort of start to dig in, I've never heard anybody after they've joined, telling me that what they're doing is boring. Challenging, yes. Is frustrating, sometimes. Hard, absolutely, but boring never comes up.Corey: There's almost no service, other than IAM, that I can think of that impacts every customer simultaneously. And it's easy for me to sit in the cheap seats and say, “Oh, you should change this,” or, “You should change that.” But every change you have is so massive in scale that it's going to break a whole bunch of companies' automations around the bill processing in different ways. You have an entire category of user persona who is used to clicking a certain button in this certain place in the console to generate the report every month, and if that button moves or changes color, or has a different font, suddenly that renders their documentation invalid, and they're scrambling because it's not their core competency—nor should it be—and every change you make is so constricted, just based upon all the different concerns that you've got to be juggling with. How do you get anything done at all? I find that to be one of the most impressive aspects about your organization, bar none.James: Yeah, I'm not going to lie and say that it isn't a challenge, but a lot of it comes down to the talent that we have on the team. We have a super-motivated, super-smart, super-engaged team, and we spend a lot of time figuring out how to make sure that we can keep moving, keep up with the business, keep up with a world that's getting more complicated [laugh] with every passing day. So, you've kind of hit on one of the core challenges there, which is, how do we keep up with all of those different dimensions that are demanding an increasing amount of engineering and new support and new investment from us, while we keep those customers happy?And I think you touched on something else a little bit indirectly there, which is, a lot of our customers are actually pretty technical across AWS. The customers that Commerce Platform supports, are often the least technical of our customers, and so often need the most help understanding why things are the way they are, where the constraints are.Corey: “A big bill from Amazon. How many books did you people buy last month?”—James: [laugh]. Exactly.Corey: —is still very much level of understanding in some cases. And it's not because they're dumb; far from it. It's just, imagine that some people view there as being more to life than understanding the nuances and intricacies of cloud computing. How dare they?James: Exactly. Who would have thought?Corey: So, as you look now over all of your domain, such as it is, what sucks the most? What are you looking to fix as far as impactful changes that the rest of the world might experience? Because I'm not going to accept one of those questions like, “Oh, yeah, on the back-end, we have this storage subsystem for a tertiary thing that just annoys me because it wakes us up once in a whi”—no, no, I want something customer-facing. What's the painful thing you're looking at fixing next?James: I don't like surprising customers. And free tier is, sort of, one of those buckets of surprises, but there are others. Another one that's pretty squarely in my sights is, whether we like it or not, customer accounts get compromised. Usually, it's a password got reused somewhere or was accidentally committed into a GitHub repository somewhere.And we have pretty established, pretty effective mechanisms for finding all of those, we'll scan for passwords and credentials, and alert customers to those, and help them correct that pretty quickly. We're also actually pretty good at detecting when an account does start to do something that suggests that it's been compromised. Usually, the first thing that a compromised account starts to do is cryptocurrency mining. We're pretty quick to catch those; we catch those within a matter of hours, much faster most days.What we haven't really cracked and where I'm focused at the moment is getting back to the customer in a way that's effective. And by that I mean specifically, we detect an account compromised super-quickly, we reach out automatically. And so, you know, a customer has got some kind of contact from us usually within a couple of hours. It's not having the effect that we need it to. Customers are still being surprised a month later by a large bill. And so, we're digging into how much of that is because they never saw the contact, they didn't know what to do with the contact.Corey: It got buried with all the other, “Hey, we saw you spun up an S3 bucket. Have you heard of what S3 is?” Again, that's all valuable, but you have 300-some-odd services. If you start doing that for every service, you're going to hit mail sending limits for Gmail.James: Exactly. It's not just enough that we detect those and notify customers; we have to reduce the size of the surprise. It's one thing to spend 100 bucks a month on average, and then suddenly find that your spend has jumped $250 because you reused the password somewhere and somebody got ahold of it and it's cryptocurrency-mining your account. It's a whole different ballgame to spend 100 bucks a month and then at the end of the month discover that your bill is suddenly $2,000 or $20,000. And so, that's something that I really wanted to make some progress on this year. Corey: I've really enjoyed our conversation. If people want to learn more about how you view these things, how you're approaching some of these problems, or potentially are just the right kind of warped to consider joining up, where's the best place for them to go?James: They should drop me an email at jamesg@amazon.com. That is the most direct way to get hold of me, and I promise I will get back to you. I try to stay on top of my email as much as possible. But that will come straight to me, and I'm always happy to talk to folks about the space, talk to folks about opportunities in this team, opportunities across AWS, or just hear what's not working, make sure that it's something that we're aware of and looking at.Corey: Throughout Amazon, but particularly within Commerce Platform, I've always appreciated the response of, whenever I report something, no matter how ridiculous it is—and I assure you there's an awful lot of ridiculousness in my bug reports—the response has always been the same: “Tell me more. Help me understand what it is you're trying to achieve—even if it is ridiculous—so we can look at this and see what is actually going on.” Every Amazonian team has been great about that or you're not at Amazon very long, but you folks have taken that to an otherworldly level. I just want to thank you for doing that.James: I appreciate you for calling that out. We try, you know, we really do. We take listening to our customers very seriously because, at the end of the day, that's what makes us better, and that's how we make sure we're in it for the long haul.Corey: Thanks once again for being so generous with your time. I really appreciate it.James: Yeah, thanks for having me on. I've enjoyed it.Corey: James Greenfield, VP of Commerce Platform at AWS. I'm Cloud Economist Corey Quinn, and this is Screaming in the Cloud. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice, whereas if you've hated this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice along with an angry comment—possibly on YouTube as well—about how you aren't actually giving this five-stars at all; you have taken three trillions of a star off of the rating.Corey: If your AWS bill keeps rising and your blood pressure is doing the same, then you need The Duckbill Group. We help companies fix their AWS bill by making it smaller and less horrifying. The Duckbill Group works for you, not AWS. We tailor recommendations to your business and we get to the point. Visit duckbillgroup.com to get started.Announcer: This has been a HumblePod production. Stay humble.

The Affiliate Guy with Matt McWilliams: Marketing Tips, Affiliate Management, & More
Lessons Learned from a Multi-Million Dollar Affiliate Launch

The Affiliate Guy with Matt McWilliams: Marketing Tips, Affiliate Management, & More

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 43:54


We just finished running a multi-million dollar affiliate launch. The first one, in fact, that wasn't run entirely by me, but rather by our agency. There are a TON of lessons to share that YOU can apply to your affiliate program. LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Your First 100 Affiliates: mattmcwilliams.com/first100 Your Affiliate Launch Coach: youraffiliatelaunchcoach.com

Life on the Wrist
Ep. 90 - The New Titanium Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar, Second-Hand Market Craziness

Life on the Wrist

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 15:46


Today we take at a unique piece manufactured by Patek Philippe to be sold at the biannual Children Action Gala. We also discuss how some watches selling on the second-hand market go for way over the market price and whether or not watch companies should police the buyers.The unique piece reference 5270 in titanium from Patek Philippe can be found here.The interview between Wei Koh and Max Busser can be found here.You can find us on our Website, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Want to be part of the Launch of our clothing line? Check out Life on the Wrist Merch!

Traction
Partnership Lessons from Scaling Stripe & Notion from Zero to billions with Cristina Cordova

Traction

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 53:58


On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI welcomes Cristina Cordova, Partner at First Round Capital.   Partnerships are one of the most effective forms of marketing, but one of the most difficult to predict and scale.    In this session, Cristina pulls from across her decade-long career running partnerships at Stripe and Notion to share the inside scoop on deals that had an unexpected outsized impact — as well as the ones that went sideways.   Specifically, Cristina discusses:   2:09 - What are partnerships, why do they matter, and the different types of partnerships? 14:14 - How partnerships are different from referral programs 17:10 - When is the right time to do partnerships? 23:44 - Tips and tactics for reaching out to partners early on 34:01 - Where to find partners 36:46 - Top 3 things to stop doing with partnership outreach 47:14 - How to determine when to hire the first partnership person 56:29 - How to get partners to keep driving your agenda 1:06:00 - Books and podcasts Cristina highly recommends   Learn more at https://tractionconf.io Connect with Cristina Cordova: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristinajcordova/ Learn more about First Round Capital at https://firstround.com/   This episode is brought to you by:   Each year the U.S. and Canadian governments provide more than $20 billion in R&D tax credits and innovation incentives to fund businesses. But the application process is cumbersome, prone to costly audits, and receiving the money can take as long as 16 months. Boast automates this process, enabling companies to get more money faster without the paperwork and audit risk. We don't get paid until you do! Find out if you qualify today at https://Boast.AI   Launch Academy is one of the top global tech hubs for international entrepreneurs and a designated organization for Canada's Startup Visa. Since 2012, Launch has worked with more than 6,000 entrepreneurs from over 100 countries, of which 300 have grown their startups to seed and Series A stage and raised over $2 billion in funding. To learn more about Launch's programs or the Canadian Startup Visa, visit https://LaunchAcademy.ca    Content Allies helps B2B companies build revenue-generating podcasts. We recommend them to any B2B company that is looking to launch or streamline its podcast production. Learn more at https://contentallies.com  

Multi-Million Dollar Brands
The Art of a Zen Launch with Carrie Flynn, CEO & Founder of Virtual Simplicity

Multi-Million Dollar Brands

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 18:12


Are you a seven-figure entrepreneur who is thinking about an advisory/consulting style business? If so, you may have a lot of questions about it. Where do I start? Where do I put my focus? If this is you, this episode is perfect for you. My guest today, Carrie Flynn, CEO and Founder of Virtual Simplicity, has a very similar offer as me. We chatted about: How to have a Zen launch The biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when launching Why getting help is KEY So, if you want to make more money with less stress, tune into this episode. Check out Carrie here: https://www.virtualsimplicity.com or on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/virtualsimplicity. Check out my free training on www.yournextmillion.me, where several of my seven figure clients and colleagues share what they're doing to scale their businesses to the multi-million dollar mark and beyond.

Disruptors for GOOD
XPRIZE Carbon Removal Milestone Award Winner on the Future of Renewable Energy - Hans De Neve // Founder and CEO of Carbyon

Disruptors for GOOD

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 28:17


Agency of One - Take the stress out of hiring a freelancer or full-time employee. Learn moreAgency of One - Podcast Pilot - The Easiest Way to Launch a Podcast for Your Startup. Learn more---> Check out the Causeartist Partners here.---> Subscribe to the Causeartist Newsletter here.In episode 142 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Hans De Neve, Founder and CEO of Carbyon, on winning the XPRIZE Carbon Removal Milestone Award and the future of renewable energy through direct air capture.After finishing his PhD at IMEC, Hans became a researcher within the Alcatel Research & Innovation division – currently part of the Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs organization. Subsequently he's worked for several product units of Alcatel-Lucent where he continued to look for product differentiators and product innovation – facing the challenge to turn innovative ideas into commercial successes.Hans has Master degree's from KU Leuven and Ghent University in Physics of Microelectronics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. He also has PhD from Ghent University  in Micro-electronics, solid state lighting, and III-V semiconductors.After Alcatel-Lucent, Hans started to specialize in the field of renewable energy, first at VITO in Belgium, later at ECN and TNO in The Netherlands. Following the great experience, he founded Carbyon, a start-up to develop machines that can capture CO2 from air.Carbyon is developing equipment to filter CO2 from the air and store it underground. Recently, the Dutch start-up was named a Milestone Award winner of the XPRIZE for Carbon Removal. This $1 million incentive prize, funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation, is part of the four-year global XPRIZE competition.The organization invited innovators and teams worldwide to create a solution that can extract CO2 directly from the atmosphere or oceans and store it in an environmentally friendly way for good."For us, winning this award means being recognized. XPRIZE is like the world championship within our field. The fact that the jury ranks our concept among the fifteen best in the world means a lot to us. It is fantastic that three years after the start of our company we are already playing at this level." Hans de Neve, CEO at Carbyon.Carbyon is a start-up company with the purpose of turning direct air capture into an affordable and scalable technology that can be used to turn the corner on climate change. Carbyon is located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This is one of the world's leading technology research and innovation centers.Carbyon is a team of scientists and engineers working closely together on one common goal: scale up this technology cost-effectively and provide the world with a powerful tool in the fight against climate change.Their technology is aimed at saving our planet from climate change. The company strives to maximize impact towards this purpose. Profit serves as a means to achieve this and is not an end in itself.Agency of One - Take the stress out of hiring a freelancer or full-time employee. Learn moreAgency of One - Podcast Pilot - The Easiest Way to Launch a Podcast for Your Startup. Learn more---> Check out the Causeartist Partners here.---> Subscribe to the Causeartist Newsletter here.Listen to more Causeartist podcast shows hereFollow Grant on Twitter and LinkedInFollow Causeartist on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram