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Back in may, I have announced in this article about leaving my amazon corporate job to launch a start-up, Ohanga, with my cofounder Subham Sett in the middle of a pandemic. I left with the anticipation to “learn more, make a positive impact to people and society around me, and at the same time, have fun! (And write some software again! :-)”.

I was excited but also slightly nervous. For 17+ years, I worked in the High Tech corporate world. That was my comfort zone; stepping out of that was scary. But the pandemic and my working-from-home privilege gave me some time to look around me and I saw how much our local businesses especially the art community were impacted. …


Yesterday was my 40th birthday. I have been an engineer and engineering manager for the last 17+ years. I worked for high tech companies such as Amazon. Two months ago, I launched a startup Ohanga.com headquartered in Rhode Island. For all the past 40 years, I was developing my left brain power. As to the other half, there was almost none. Since my childhood, I could barely sketch a cube with the right perspectives and shadows to make it 3D-looking (of course, if I am allowed to use a ruler with precise measurement, that’s a different story :)…

Yuping (co-founder of Ohanga), homework folder for art classes
Yuping (co-founder of Ohanga), homework folder for art classes
My art folder

Long story short, I am now taking art classes. I originally purchased these online classes (taught by Chinese-speaking teachers since my dad only speaks Chinese) for my dad who is currently living with us. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I was concerned about him getting bored at home. It turns out that I didn’t have to worry: he really didn’t have much time left between his super productive vegetable garden and the two grandchildren that have been home since March. …


You don’t need one of those expensive Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to learn how to write “Augmented Reality” (AR) programs. All you need is a mobile device that has a built-in camera and a few built-in sensors. And most of the smart phones today (iphone, android phones, etc.) are equipped to handle the basic AR.

In this post, I will share a quick summary of how I started to learn AR and I am still very early in the journey. …


College students and new graduates often ask me similar questions “how do I make my resume stand out so I can land an interview and get my first job?”.

I had been a long-time hiring manager for software development positions with the latest at Amazon. I would like to share some thoughts that might be helpful to the graduating class 2020 as well as other students who are impacted by this pandemic. If you are seasoned engineers but looking for a change, some of these might still be applicable.

There are certainly ways to make your resume more eye-catching. That is the easy part. The hard part is the content. And that content comes from effort and experience one has accumulated over years leading to the resume writing. That is why your college years need to be a lot more than getting good scores in the coursework. You need to use those years to accumulate skills, cultivate your resume content and interview stories, and build your portfolio. …


Amazon Web Service (AWS) is the Amazon’s version of on-demand cloud platform and APIs. Amazon EC2 is one of the most popular cloud computing services through dynamic provisioning of virtual servers. But there’re other AWS services, in fact, hundreds of them covering analytics, ML, AR, VR, networking, database, security, and hosting, etc.

When you are just starting the Cloud journey with AWS, it can be overwhelming. Where could you start?

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One of the starting point that I found useful is to follow this step-by-step Amazon Example “Build a Serverless Web Application”. In fact, I had included this as one of the on-boarding tasks for my new team members when I was at Amazon. This example is simple to follow. …


“Mommy!! I am bored!”

“Mommy!! can I watch some more videos?”

“No, this is mine!! I don’t want you to play with my car!!”

I have a 2-year old and a 5-year old who had been home since March when their day-care was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. And since then, these were the words repeated constantly in high pitch voices in our house. The rule of “no more than 1 hour screen time each day” has turned into “lower the volume when you watch videos”.

Last night, my 5-year old was watching “Paw Patrol” from his tablet. I was typing away in Visual Studio Code next to him. He looked up and said to me, “Mommy, what are you writing?” “Writing code” I answered. …


Last week, I focused on developing and deploying the front (see here). This week, I started to work on the back-end web services. We all have our own unique way of diving into and learning new things. For me, when it comes to learning software, I find myself heavily rely on the ability to step through the codes in the debugger.

Of course in order to debug web services, you also need a “client” to call your web services. To achieve that, you can either develop dedicated front end applications that calls your web services. Or you can use tools such as postman to call your web services through POST/GET, etc. …


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In an earlier post , I have documented the steps to host your node application with https using AWS EC2 and AWS CloudFront. For some of us who just want a quick experiment, those steps might appear a little tedious. Fortunately, there’re other options. In this post, I will talk about two of them: Netlify and AWS Codestar. Thanks to one of the team members that pointed me to Netlify!

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Using deployment of a React application as an example, it took me less than 5 minutes with a few commands (you can also do this on the netlify user interface as well). …


On May 18th 2020, I launched a start-up with a friend after quitting Amazon two days before. We have a company mission to create a positive impact to the local society, especially amid this difficult pandemic.

Personally, I also have the goal of going back to doing hands-on coding. The last 9 years of my 17 year professional life had been focused on management. I certainly learned a lot. I had helped many engineers and leaders develop their career. I had lead small and big teams to create many products.

And I had made a lot of slides! So now, I am back to hands-on software development. This is journey is anything but NOT “slide-ware!”. …


Last Friday, I posted the following status in my linkedin page: www.linkedin.com/in/yupingwyp

Today I wrapped up my last day at Amazon Robotics. It was a relatively short tenure — only a little over one year. But it was a blast! I learned so much (on the massive business, on the one-of-a-kind Amazon culture, and of course on the leading edge technologies). I met so many talented and amazing engineers and leaders. And I made my contributions :-)

One of my exit interview questions asked “would you recommend Amazon to your friends”. …

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Yuping Wang

beginning a new journey by launching my own startup in the middle of the pandemic. I am passionate about sharing my learning. www.linkedin.com/in/yupingwyp

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