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Introduction to Amazon Web Services

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This introduction to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is for anyone seeking to learn the basics.  It will guide you through the fundamentals of cloud computing until you become more confident with the AWS concepts and terminology. No programming knowledge is needed, and no prior AWS experience is required.



Amazon Web Services Certification Preparation Guide

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Getting started can be overwhelming, so to make things simple, Amazon released a prep guide to the AWS certifications. They are offering this course for free to supporters of We Power Tech in hopes that this gives you the confidence you need to build your cloud career. This course helps you prepare for all AWS certifications -- including associate, professional and specialties.


Amazon Web Services: Startup Resources

The following resources provide you with more information about AWS and what you can receive as a customer.




UDACITY: How to Build a Startup

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In an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup. The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. This course is free.



The Kauffman Founders School: The Lean Approach

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The lean approach is a way to think about the start up process that emphasizes the business model over the business plan, and encourages a process of customer discovery and development, and iteration to achieve the right product/market fit.





Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) by USAID

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USAID's open innovation program - Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) - is accepting new applications to test and scale creative solutions to any global development challenge. Anyone, anywhere can apply at any time. DIV provides tiered grant funding (from $50,000 to $5,000,000) to test new ideas and scale the best solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale.


SNAP Startup Nations Atlas of Policy

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The Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP) is a compendium of public sector policies and programs. SNAP serves as a tool for policymakers, advisors and opinion leaders to learn about previously implemented policy models, articulated entrepreneurship strategies, and/or designs of public-sector-supported programs.






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