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Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos charmed everyone at this week’s D6 Conference with his optimism for Kindle, but I got him to talk about Amazon Web Services and his company’s efforts in cloud computing. Here is a short excerpt from that conversation, captured on my Sanyo Xacti. Watch video below the fold.

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was one of the attendees at this week’s D6 Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., to be interviewed on stage, where he talked about Kindle at length. But right after his chat with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, I caught up with him to discuss Amazon Web Services and his company’s efforts in cloud computing. Here is a short excerpt from that conversation, captured on my Sanyo Xacti. In particular, he talks about…

  • How and when Amazon began its cloud computing effort.
  • Why Amazon has become an innovator with Amazon Web Services and how it relates to their core business of being an online retailer.
  • Whether or not Wall Street recognizes Amazon’s cloud efforts.
  • What’s next for Amazon Web Services.
  • Whether or not Amazon has plans for a VC fund or for cloud computing startups.

For even more info about Amazon’s cloud computing efforts, join us at our upcoming conference, Structure ’08, where CTO Werner Vogels will be delivering a keynote address.

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  1. Wow! Nice exclusive interview grab Om!

    How did you pull this off? Was it the Gigaom clout? Or are you dating his sister?

  2. @ Ben,

    very simple – just asked him if he had a few minutes for me. best

  3. Chetan Sharma Friday, May 30, 2008

    good interview Om.

  4. He didn’t mention anything about Dynamo

  5. I would be interested to see if they could get windows server 2008 virtualization running on ec2. good interview om.

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  7. William Morris Saturday, May 31, 2008

    Great interview and insights. Very good!

  8. Webhosting Reality Saturday, May 31, 2008

    Jeff, a legend, appears to be a humble person. Also, the way he laughs is infectious. :)

  9. Sachin Balagopalan Saturday, May 31, 2008

    Good one and nice job with the Xacti :). The highlight for me was Jeff articulating the fact that their Web Services business stems from their own internal need for a set of API’s to mitigate the “fine grain coordination” between their network and applications groups!

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