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AWS CEO Adam Selipsky On Gartner Magic Quadrant Allegations, Andreessen Horowitz Cloud Cost Claims And Egress Fees

Donna Goodison

Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky, in an exclusive interview with CRN, disputed Gartner Magic Quadrant allegations that AWS uses high-pressure sales tactics; called the controversial Andreessen Horowitz report on the cost of cloud computing “highly misguided” and referred to AWS egress fees as an issue that customers have not raised in any “material way.”

On How He Got Into The Technology Business

For the first almost decade of my career out of school—eight years, plus business school kind of interrupting it in the middle—I was actually at a management consulting firm [Mercer Management Consulting]. And over time, I did more and more work with the communications and computing industries, and so by the end of that time, I pretty much was in the tech industry. This was in [the] Boston [area], and I was interested in getting back to Seattle, where I’d grown up and also to this hotbed of internet companies that had sprung up in Seattle. So I came back here and landed at [Seattle-based] RealNetworks, where I was for six years before I came to AWS. At that point, I really had jumped in with both feet into the internet space.

On The Ability Of Technology To Transform Businesses

What excited me then is the same thing which fundamentally excites me now, which is in each one of these areas within technology, there is the possibility of transformation—to transform how people consume things. And in the case of that first job that I had at RealNetworks, Real essentially invented digital media, and that ended up transforming how people consumed audio and video. And in the case of AWS, it really transformed how IT happens on the planet and ultimately how customers can be innovative and can move faster in their businesses.

And the same was true at Tableau, by the way, which is fundamentally trying to help change the world through data. In each of these experiences that I’ve had—and I’m sure there are many others as well—these organizations, if they can innovate in the right way, have the ability to, in their own corner of the world, have the ability to change how the world operates. I find that very exciting.

Each of those companies that I’ve worked for really had this missionary component to them, where they had both the ability and the fervent desire to change their corner of the world for customers.

 
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