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Amazon at Mobile Portland on Monday

By Jason Grigsby

Published on November 8th, 2012

Amazon logoAlmost every month we have great topics and speakers at Mobile Portland, but every so often a meeting comes along that I personally cannot wait to see. This coming Monday, November 12th, we have Amazon here to talk about the Kindle Appstore, and I’m ecstatic.

Basically, Monday’s meeting is a big freaking deal. Put it on your calendar and RSVP.

First, there is the simple matter that I feel many of us have a blind spot to the Kindle Appstore. It’s Android apps, but not Google Play. While the Kindle Fire has sold well, it isn’t as clear to me how many people are buying apps on that platform.

Basically, I’ve got a nagging suspicion that we should be paying closer attention to the Kindle platform and that Amazon represents a really interesting competitor to Apple, Google and Microsoft. But that on a day-to-day basis, it can be easy to forget or to simply treat it as an after thought to Android development.

So I’m keenly interested in learning more about what Amazon is doing and what opportunities looks like. I want to learn more about what Amazon can do for developers and entrepreneurs that other platforms don’t. I want to understand how to maximize our potential on the Amazon Kindle platform.

Aaron RubensonThat would be enough, but we’ve got some other amazing things happening this month. First, our speaker is top notch. Aaron Rubenson is in charge of the Amazon Appstore for Android. This is a testament to how much Mobile Portland has grown that Amazon is sending down a senior member of the team just to speak to the group.

I’ve also heard from members of our community that Aaron is an exceptional speaker. His talk entitled Monetization Trends for Mobile Games is available on YouTube if you want a sneak peek.

We’re also in a great space this month. Ziba Design has graciously offered to host the event and is providing beverages. They have a beautiful auditorium that they designed themselves including an innovative seat design that you have to see. It is truly something to behold. And if you like the space, they’re hiring right now. 🙂

We also have MetroMile sponsoring catering for the event. MetroMile is new type of insurance that rewards people who drive less. So the idea is pretty cool, but what’s more interesting to me is that they’ve got some technology for tracking miles you’ve driven that connects to your phone. How they do it? I don’t know. I’m really curious to find out.

Seriously, this meeting is going to be a big deal. Hell, we’ve even got professional event staff this month. Big times I tell ya!

You’re not going to want to miss it. Make sure to RVSP today.