Former Tech Leader at Amazon Web Services and VMware
Simone Brunozzi is a tech leader at various companies, most notably Amazon Web Services and VMware. While at VMware, from 2014 to 2016, Simone served as a Vice President and Chief Technologist (global role) for VMware Inc., focusing on Cloud technology (vCloud Air). This role included public speaking, relationships with key clients, strategy and roadmap, driving innovation inside the company, managing a team of Solutions Engineers to drive adoption of VMware’s Cloud products. While at Amazon Web Services, from 2008 to 2014, he served as a Senior Technology Evangelist.
He frequently mentors startups and innovative companies, including ones incubated in startup accelerators (Techstars and others). He also sits on two boards as Director. He is an investor in, and advisor of, CloudAcademy.com (knowledge platform) and about a dozen other tech startups.
Simone has a technical background in Computer Science, experience as an entrepreneur, professor, and has worked in the industry for 15+ years, focusing on Cloud Computing since 2006.
Simone grew up in Italy, and after having been a four-times entrepreneur in Italy, a University professor at the young age of 26, a CTO, and after having written two technical books and two novels, he left Italy to join Amazon Web Services in March 2008 as the first Technology Evangelist for Europe (EMEA), to raise awareness about Cloud Computing and help developers build applications. In January 2010 he relocated to Singapore as the first Technology Evangelist for the APAC region. In 2010 he received the “2010 Cloud Evangelist of the Year” award. In July 2012, Simone relocated to San Francisco, as the first Senior Technology Evangelist for Americas. In February 2014 he left Amazon to join VMware.
Since 2008, Simone has been a very popular speaker in Europe, United States, Asia, Oceania and Africa, speaking at more than 650 events (and collecting a huge amount of airline miles). Simone is regularly invited as a speaker to conferences all around the world.
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