Using S3 to Avoid VC

Last week I spoke at the Startup Project at the Stanford Faculty Club. About 300 people (a mix of startupists, VCs, and curious techies) gathered together to talk about Amazon Web Services. Check out the talk here:

Other speakers talked about using EC2. My favorite speaker was Joyce Park (of 106miles fame) from boozemail, a silly little facebook app that is growing like a weed (it lets you send virtual drinks to your friends on facebook). Sean Knapp (from a hot video startup called Ooyala) also presented, and Don MacAskill from SmugMug gave his crowd-pleasing “Set Amazon’s Servers on Fire, not Yours” presentation.
Randy Komisar from Kleiner Perkins also gave a great interview where he talked about “dashboard businesses”, where you measure user behavior on a cheaply-built live site rather than focusing on up-front analysis and business planning.
Good stuff, all of it! There was a similar event in San Francisco the next day, but I had to get back to work, so I didn’t go.