Berlin is fast becoming the destination of choice for entrepreneurs, thanks to the emergence of hot startups such as SoundCloud, Amen, EyeEm, Phonedeck, Txtr and Wunderlist. And thanks to this burgeoning startup scene, Amazon Web Services is looking to establish its operations in Berlin.
The Seattle-based company will house a sales and marketing team in Berlin, according to Adam Selipsky, VP of AWS, who stopped by for a quick chat with me on Wednesday morning. He is in town for the finals of the fifth annual AWS Startup Contest, scheduled to be held on Nov. 10 in San Jose, Calif.
AWS is expecting a lot of growth from Berlin in particular and Germany in general, Selipsky said. AWS’s Selipsky points out that the company is making investments throughout Europe to address customer demand, but Berlin, the UK and Amsterdam are a few of the hotbeds of innovation we’re seeing. To address demand in Berlin specifically, AWS is adding various customer facing folks such as account managers and solutions architects. AWS is widely viewed as one of the main reasons we are seeing the blossoming of consumer web-focused startups. AWS is inching toward a revenue mark of a billion dollars.