I’m Joey Aquino.

10422948_10101036685096746_6638197310107468666_nI am currently do startup business development for Amazon.com on our Amazon Web Services team. Our startup BD team is built of serial entrepreneurs, ex-VC’s and investors who are passionate about helping startups become successful.

A little about my experience:

  • Startup Weekend Mission Trip. Spent 6 months traveling every week in a different city around the world working with entrepreneurs, investors and government leaders on how to improve startup ecosystems. Traveled anywhere from Saudi Arabia to Thailand to Norway. 

  • Managed, developed and launched programs such as Startup Next at UP Global (Merged with Startup America, now acquired by TechStars) that scaled to over 40 markets around the world.

  • Crafted my large scale business development chops at Amazon.com working on our Appstore business. (Launches I was a part of: Fire TV, Fire Phone, Fire Fire Stick, Amazon Echo, Amazon Underground, Fire Tablet Gen 7-11)

Here are some people who have changed my life and why:

My family.

I am sorry to say, I have the best family in the world. They have allowed me to be who I am want to be and have done nothing but support me and guide me in the right direction. My father is a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where my brother also works as a financial advisor. My mother is the Chief Supporting Officer of the Aquino Group and is the glue to our family. Having fun is a theme amongst the Aquino’s.

Susan Yamada.

Founding CEO of TRUSTe, serial entrepreneur and community advocate for entrepreneurship in Hawaii. Her dedication and mentorship has cultivated my passion for business success. With her guidance, I grew my non-profit student incubator to over 75+ members within 4 months, helped me inspire the launch of 8 companies in 2 years within my incubator,  co-founded a micro-loan program focused on investing in student entrepreneurs, and have been introduced to some of the highest quality entrepreneurs such as Pierre Omiydar (eBay), Danny Lui (Lenovo Computers), and Jay Shidler (The Shidler Group).

The Oncompare Team.

A rockstar group of guys who set a goal to launch a company in 3 weeks (We documented our entire journey here). We worked longer hours than we ever had and not only achieved our goal, we got published in Mashable, were invited to the Launch Conference in San Francisco and learned so many valuable lessons.

Dean Karnazes.

Well, I didn’t have any personal connection to him, but his book did change my life. At a point in my life where I needed encouragement to exceed my potential, establish and achieve new goals and maximize living, his book the Ultra-Marathon Man encouraged me do some remarkable things. 1.Run long distance (and if you knew me, was something I never did) which led to me running 10 miles/day. 2. Completely changing my unhealthy eating habits which led me to lose 35 pounds in 3 months. This experience has taught me so many valuable lessons about mental toughness, goal setting, and passion that I apply into my everyday life to achieve the success I desire. I recommend this book to anyone looking for new motivation.

387110_10100651978327108_728595232_nDave Schappell. There is too much to say about how this guy helped me along the way but I tried in this post. I have been blessed to have met him and thankful he took a risk on me as a young kid.  If it wasn’t for Dave, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Feel free to shoot me an email, I would love to hear your thoughts. joey.aquino7 (at) gmail (dot) come


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Joey,

    We’ve never met before but a friend of mine knows you, and sent me a list of the muhammad ali quotes. From there I looked at your profile and realized that you’ve done some of the things I myself wanted to do, from creating a company, to helping start-ups, and currently I’m in a situation where we are about to launch a small storefront in kapolei for a solar company. I’ve got a few investors that are interested and a small business plan, but still haven’t figured out what I want to do about setting up the business side. Should I start a c-corp, s-corp, LLC? I’ve got the ideas in my head and the motivation, Now I just need some guidance and knowledge. Seeing as you’ve got some experience in the field, is there any advice you could give me?

    Posted by Koshin Soga | January 17, 2012, 2:31 pm
  2. Hi Joey,
    Why is my profile and picture posted on your page? I didn’t know I had made quite that much of an impression upon you!! I guess all that tough love worked, huh? You’re one in a million and you’re destined to change the world. Get moving! It was good to see you the other day. Keep working on your dreams and don’t listen to old farts like me telling you about all the challenges in your ideas. It’s meant to motivate you to prove me wrong! Good luck.

    Posted by Susan Yamada | February 25, 2012, 10:43 pm

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