Startups for an Amazon Senior engineer.

Amazon awssde
Jul 6, 2018 11 Comments

Been in Amazon for 10+ years, haven’t sold a single Amazon stock (except for taxes) - so financially I don’t have to work a day more considering my frugal lifestyle; Amazon isn’t what it used to be and am considering a change. What are some interesting startups in Seattle area - looking for new set of challenges / business that hasn’t been solved in Amazon.
Of course I have spoken to many startups where ex Amazonians are there but the scale and scope of challenges isn’t something that’s unique that an internal transfer in Amazon wouldnt provide.

Anyone tried Blue Origin / SpaceX etc. Any other interesting problems to solve?
Anything else socially relevant / important?

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  • Lyft dkgjsk
    10+ years? Fund your own startup maybe?
    Jul 6, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng acef
    I'm curious to know - when are you planning to sell?

    Why didn't you sell any amzn stocks until now?
    Jul 6, 2018 1
    • Amazon awssde
      OP
      Never bought a house (now considering buying one by selling some stocks), didn’t have any major expenses for my frugal lifestyle, my hobbies are low expense ones (hiking, running, volunteering etc).
      Jul 6, 2018
  • Target / Eng
    tWGu71

    Target Eng

    PRE
    Amazon, sony, Accenture
    tWGu71more
    Kudos to you! Blue Origin has a much higher bar than Amazon. I would suggest a non-profit with a mission you can get behind, they would be excited to have you!
    Jul 6, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, and Pinterest all got offices in Seattle
    Jul 6, 2018 1
    • Amazon awssde
      OP
      Thanks - looking for real “startups”, no unicorns / larger ones. Someplace with less than couple of hundred employees if it is a tech firm. Or a place that solves quite moonshot challenges or something socially impactful.
      Jul 6, 2018
  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

    Compass Eng

    PRE
    Google
    FUPayMemore
    Come to nyc and join compass
    Jul 6, 2018 0
  • Microsoft SkyDeck
    Hey I’m ex-Amazon here, then Microsoft. Got bored of both and now doing my own startup after our idea got accepted by top 10 incubator program. We are at 2MM valuation and we have paying fortune 50 customer. We are building moonshot enterprise software and have high chances to raise series A or Seed round. If you help change the enterprise Ecommerce world, PM me.
    Jul 6, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    ThomasBao

    New Eng

    PRE
    Facebook
    BIO
    CTO @ FutureEngine (www.futureengine.org)
    ThomasBaomore
    Convoy and Auth0, based on the list at FutureEngine (https://www.futureengine.org/).

    Convoy is growing like bananas. They've doubled to 300 employees in the past year. Their funding trajectory looks good. They're Uber for trucking and freight and have a head start on Uber. Started by a former Amazon employee.

    Auth0 is also growing. They have strong lock-in, as it's very hard to migrate your account management off their platform. At around 400 employees.
    Aug 13, 2018 0
  • Dell Issaquah
    Try convoy
    Jul 6, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    Mo007

    New Eng

    BIO
    MS CS Student
    Mo007more
    I was going to say you might be interested in HFT or market making, but that’s really not socially impactful at all. But if you are interested in prop trading, Chicago is definitely the move to consider, and it’s also cheaper than Seattle, but the winters here are brutal...
    Jul 6, 2018 0

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