Werner Vogels, the amazon CTO, in a very informal way talked with Conten.ly, Distill Networks, and some other CEO/CFO/CCO’s on how the start-ups were scaling.
Werner still claims that Amazon is a startup. Yeah, just with billion valuation and an IPO. How cute, noted Shane of Contently. (UPD: this was shared lightning fast all over the media, see the full transcript)
“How much time do you spent time on hiring?” Vogels asked. “At Amazon, of course, we’re a 20 year-old startup by now —”
“Uh… startup?” Kretchmer interrupted.
The crowd burst into laughter. Vogels stuck with his description:
“Ehh, startup,” he said over the crowd, “We’re still a startup!
“Awww, that’s really cute,” Kretchmer fired back in a faux-sweet voice.
Vogels paused as the crowd and the panel participants continued to giggle.
“Mmmhh, that threw me off guard a bit,” he said finally, shaking his head.
Kretchmer wasn’t done:
“Yeah,” he said with a laugh, “There’s a new class of startup called ‘IPO’d and Worth Billions.’”
“It’s not just about the size!” Vogel’s protested. “It’s.. whatever. Moving on.”
So, basic idea was that when there are 15-20 people, a general manager / product / ceo / founder can handle all of the connections, but the more people are scaled up, the harder it gets. So the discussion was on the sizes and scaling the management team for that, and how often should it report the feedback. ‘The one funny thing about the managers is that they are vital’ – says Werner. ‘You think that he does nothing except managing the people, but he accumulates the feedback and knows what’s happening around’.
The guys also talked about money, and how inefficiently they were spending them when they were founded and needed to fastly scale up the team. The funny thing was that their main investor and sponsor was there =) So they laughed all together.
There were so many announcements this month, that the tech press kept whining about the jetlags and whole difficulty of travelling around the globe. And we’re not talking about the small announcements and launches – all of the three IT giants had something new for the ever growing personal computing market. October was huge for us as mobile developers, because we are the ones who will bring to life our future projects for these platforms.
This column is not about the reviews and mobile platforms news, it’s about catching up and telling about interesting events on the IT landscape.
Windows 8 and Windows RT launch
Apple event: iMac, Pros, MacMini, new iPads
Google Nexus event
Windows 8 / RT launch
We really like Microsoft’s latest design language (#dontsaymetro), and we’ve been trying windows 8 out for almost 2 months now. There are UX details that many of the users might find questionable, but once you got used to Win8, it’s suddenly a pretty good operating system.
Both engadget and the verge stated that despite some unintuitiveness, the OS itself is very compelling once you passed the learning curve.
From the development side, we really like the ability to easily port your Windows 8 solutions to Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, because of the shared kernel. We will aim to write an article about the advantages and flexibility Microsoft gives us with the shared kernel approach, since we have Windows Phone developers in house, but you can already have some examples and tutorials at dev.windows.com
You probably heard about surface: it’s a tablet from Microsoft and the only product within the recent years that created a giant amount of buzz around itself. Fancy ads, modern music, cool video. The Verge gave it 7.0 out of 10, which seems to be pretty reasonable and even good, since Josh doesn’t like anything windows-realted very much.
Engadget rated the tablet pretty good as well, with less criticism. Overall media reception was pretty good, except NY Times and Gizmodo, who crushed the tablet.
Retina on 13″ is gorgeous, that’s really great! And the whole lineup was updated. Really massive launch for Apple. The only question is the discontinuation of iPad 3 (aka the New iPad) production, but it’s replaced with the 4th gen iPad, the price is the same. The Verge already reviewd iPad Miniand the new iPad 4th Gen.
What we love the most from the development point of view, is that the iPad mini retains the same resolution the iPad 2 did, so no need to fix / rescale your apps! This is the unification approach by Apple, that is loved by mobile developers.
This year was huge for Apple! The whole-new iPod lineup, 2 iPad revamps, iPad mini, retina laptops, new iMacs and MacMini!
Google announced the next Nexus lineup, along with Jelly Bean 4.2
LG had became the next Nexus maker (Nexus 4), along with Samsung (Nexus 10 tablet). While both of the devices are very balanced, Nexus 10 impresses with the stunning 2500-1600 display!
Check out the big story on the new Nexus line by the Verge. Clearly, Nexus line truly shows Google’s commitment to improve Android user experience, and how the true Android phones should be done. In the next few iterations we can see an ultimate iPhone rival.
So, clearly the audience got a wide choice of new products this months – whether you are an Apple fan, an Android geek or all nuts about new Windows 8 style, there are new gadgets to stand in line for!