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An Interview with Mary Camarata, Global Director, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

After hearing Mary Camarata speak on stage, we just knew we had to get an interview with her. To our delight, she accepted. Here’s what she said…

What was your first professional job like?

Mary: My first professional job was right after I graduated from college. My father gave me $500 and basically told me I had one month to figure things out. So, I was desperate to find a job.

Alumni Interview with Nicola Gammon, Founder, Shoot

What was your pain point or problem you were trying to solve?

The Earlier, the Better: Key Strategies for Success for Early Stage Interactions for Startup/Corporate Collaboration

This was one of the findings of our study on startup/corporate collaboration.

But what are the top three key factors that both parties need to consider before initiating these interactions, to ensure their success?

Three Ways to Growth Hack Your Way to Success like an Olympian.

The most famous growth hack used in sports was by Sir David Brailsford, who became the performance director of British Cycling in 2003. Brailsford used the concept known as marginal gains - making small improvements that add up to major improvements when added together - to improve the performance of the team. In Brailsford’s case, he set out to improve every area of the British cycling team by 1%.

The Most Important Ingredient for Startup/Corporate Collaboration

Although they may have huge differences, startups and corporates both overwhelmingly agree that “strategic fit” is their top priority when looking for a partnership with each other, according to The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016 by MassChallenge and Imaginatik. However, what strategic fit means for startups and corporates can be very different, and this can lead to what we call a “lost in translation” problem.

Startup/Corporate Collaboration: The New Face of Innovation

Today, a growing proportion of those interactions are taking place at a much earlier stage, with both parties looking to share the risks and rewards of such connections.

Innovation Post Brexit: What Happens Next?

At the dinner, sixteen people from across the entrepreneur world, including startups, investors, and corporates, came together to discuss the state of innovation.

The New Face of Startup/Corporate Innovation

Our research shows, quite clearly, that corporations have begun to think and act like startups. Sounds like an oxymoron, except it’s true. Rather quietly, many companies have built innovation teams that focus on:

  • Developing proactive collaborations with the startup community – with a focus on flexible, informal, and agile partnerships.