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AWS CEO Adam Selipsky: 10 Bold Remarks At Fast Company’s Innovation Festival

‘Amazon is always about having very high standards and about being vocally self-critical, which is a term you hear around here a lot,’ Selipsky says. ‘It’s an important part of my job — not just an opportunity, but a responsibility — to try and help us to continue to improve and to bring some things that maybe I’ve been able to observe being gone a few years.’

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Jassy’s Advice To Selipsky

Of course Andy and I talked, and we’ve been very close colleagues since my day one here in 2005. Andy has certainly told me a couple things, which I think I already knew, but it’s really helpful to remember and to really let sink in.

One is that it’s still very early days here. We have this expression, “It’s still day one at Amazon.” As big as AWS has become, it’s still very, very early in cloud adoption. The vast majority of workloads in the world of IT still happens not in the cloud — it still happens on premises. We have a lot of work left to do to invent on behalf of our customers, and there’s a huge need, requirement to help our customers accomplish their goals. As a result of that, if we do a good job with it, then there’s a huge business opportunity for us as well. That’s one thing which is really important to remember which has really stuck with me.




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