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Metal Toad & AWS Media Services: What We Hacked

Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 am: Toads are poised at the starting line. Metal Toad’s AWS Media Services hackathon is about to begin!   48 hours later, three teams of tired-yet-triumphant Toads submit their completed projects.…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
May 12th, 2020
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Metal Toad Office in Beverly Hills

After several years of operating in Los Angeles, in the nearby Century City neighborhood, Metal Toad has moved its central Los Angeles AWS Cloud Consulting operation to the city of Beverly Hills. While Metal Toad launched…
Joaquin Lippincott
May 10th, 2020
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How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

I talk a lot about the Cloud.  In fact if I were doing shots every time I mentioned the word, I'd probably be facedown on my desk by 9AM.  Like many buzzwords in the C-Suite there's a lot of excitement and confusion around…
Joaquin Lippincott
May 9th, 2020
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Lambda: javascript vs python

For this hackathon we created a product, YouToad, using Amplify (S3, React, Lambda) and AWS Elemental MediaConvert. Since we were using React and I wanted to learn JavaScript. We opted to use JavaScript for AWS Lambda as…
Nathan Wilkerson
May 8th, 2020
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Metal Toad Hackathon - A unique (non-technical) experience

Have you ever felt happy, nervous, motivated and excited in just 48 hours? If your answer is no you have never participated in a hackathon before! I’m so happy I was able to experience joining a hackathon team, and to be…
Marilia Bedoya
May 8th, 2020
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Metal Toad’s AWS Media Services Hackathon

This is an exciting week at Metal Toad—it’s hackathon time! Twice a year, the Toads devote two full days to rapid innovation, and it’s always a blast. And since we’ve been a remote-first company since last fall, we’re well…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
May 6th, 2020
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Cloud + Live Events

An Executive Interview with Bill Martin, CIO of AEG Worldwide I’ve been chatting with some of the execs I admire—from across a range of industries—to get insights on how they’re using cloud technologies and what it means…
Joaquin Lippincott
April 23rd, 2020
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The Value of Values

Given the times it seems appropriate to lean back into some of the unique aspects of Metal Toad's work culture that I've had time to observe. In my role as Director of Accounts I hold space in both sales and account support…
Jonathan Mills
April 7th, 2020
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What is AWS EC2?

AWS EC2 is short for Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud.  Such a clever name!   What is it really?  In the simplest terms it is a web service.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about web services: If we dive a little…
Ali Meechoovet
April 1st, 2020
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AWS re:Invent Insights—The Future of Machine Learning

After being immersed in hundreds of announcements and innovations and inspiring presentations at AWS re:Invent, the key insight I came away with was this: machine learning has so radically evolved that it will change the…
Tony Rost
March 28th, 2020
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AWS Personalize - AWS reInvent Insights

After attending AWS re:Invent, I’m convinced the conference is an absolute must-go for anyone who’s passionate about the future of the cloud. There was so much inspiration, excitement, and creativity in the air, I was…
Julie Scott
March 27th, 2020
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Cloud + Healthcare

An Executive Interview With Bridget Barnes, CIO of Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) I’ve been chatting with some of the execs I admire—from across a range of industries—to get insights on how they’re using cloud…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 25th, 2020

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