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Ryan Kiskis
Startup Strategy & Operations
Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Ryan Kiskis

Ryan Kiskis leads the startup strategy & operations function at Amazon Web Services. Ryan has spent 6 years at AWS, helping create the best platform for startups to build & grow. Prior to AWS, Ryan spent time building 4 different startups in a variety of sectors, as well as at venture capital firm Venrock.


Gamma Stage
Culture of Innovation
Product & Tech Track

This is a keynote session. Customers often ask how they can innovate like Amazon. From its humble beginnings as a startup in a garage, Amazon has not only innovated across e-commerce but also introduced new businesses that seem unrelated to e-commerce. Over the years Amazon has gotten very good at taking hard problems and finding an easier way. AWS is a great example of that. We have taken something so central and specialized as operating a data center and pushed to the edges as a utility. When technology becomes a utility, it becomes ubiquitous, and more people can participate in innovation. This talk will discuss how Amazon organizes for innovation with its mechanisms, architecture, culture, and organization.