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Codemotion: AWS Startup Stories Notes from Founders Vol1

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18 STARTUP STORIES Notes from Founders: Codemotion Mara: 'Running your own business takes a lot of time, energy and commitment' I have cats rather than a baby, but I also have very little time for life outside work. I love to do yoga, cook and go out walking. But mostly, life is all about Codemotion, Codemotion! It's important to accept that you can't do everything though and that you need to utilize other people's talents. My advice to all entrepreneurs is to get rid of the ego – if you want to make your business a success, you need to focus on what you're good at and recognize what other people can do better than you. I think women are taught to look at themselves critically, which makes us naturally have less of an ego. Mara: 'We started out years ago with a clear vision, but the reality is very different' We're now focusing on training for IT professionals and starting tech schools for kids – it's so important to help children understand why tech is the future. We want to attract girls in particular, as they're often less tempted into the tech world than boys for reasons we're still trying to figure out. Our passion for technology remains the same, but Codemotion is bigger and more popular than we ever thought it could be. Thanks to some major investment last year, we can now meet more ambitious objectives than we could ever have dreamed of. Mara Marzocchi and Chiara Russo met through a mutual contact. They worked together at Java Day before leaving to set up Codemotion. Codemotion connects tech professionals, communities and IT companies through conferences, hackathons and employment fairs. In the past five years, it's grown to span seven countries. In 2017, the company raised $1.5 million in capital from Invitalia Ventures. www.codemotionworld.com At a glance Spotify account & internet connection required MARA CHIARA CHILL-OUT An Ending Brian Eno Piano Sonata No.11 Mozart Creep Radiohead CONCENTRATE Champagne Supernova Oasis FOUNDER STORIES PLAYLIST Founder Stories

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