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The opinions on this show are our own. The voices in our heads... still figuring that out. Charlie & Sid bring you some humanity, fun, and other useful stuff from the trenches of working in finance in tech. An interview show with our friends and colleagues at Amazon about how they ended up here, how they thrive, and most importantly…what are they doing this weekend. This show is all geared towards helping you perform better in your career, forming stronger teams, reducing stress & anxiety, and having plenty of laughs along the way. We’ll go micro on the day-to-day tactics and tips. We’ll go macro on creativity and mindset. We’ll give you all kinds of new ideas to play with about how to get into tech finance or what an optimal career might look like for you. We'll also bring you guests who you might not otherwise have access to. And since our number one objective is to bring you value we'll listen to you about the things you really want to hear. Sid joined Amazon in 2016 and AWS one year later. He's a value investor at heart so his presence on the show should be all you need to know about choosing to listen. Charlie (that’s me) has worked in finance at Amazon since 2014 and joined Amazon Web Services in 2015. He is also 1/2 of GoodBaby.band | Bass and songwriter for fornow.band | Recovering drummer | Author of the Art & Work weekly newsletter at charleskunken.com | Writer. Rider. New Yorker. Artist.

The opinions on this show are our own. The voices in our heads... still figuring that out. Charlie & Sid bring you some humanity, fun, and other useful stuff from the trenches of working in finance in tech. An interview show with our friends and colleagues at Amazon about how they ended up here, how they thrive, and most importantly…what are they doing this weekend. This show is all geared towards helping you perform better in your career, forming stronger teams, reducing stress & anxiety, and having plenty of laughs along the way. We’ll go micro on the day-to-day tactics and tips. We’ll go macro on creativity and mindset. We’ll give you all kinds of new ideas to play with about how to get into tech finance or what an optimal career might look like for you. We'll also bring you guests who you might not otherwise have access to. And since our number one objective is to bring you value we'll listen to you about the things you really want to hear. Sid joined Amazon in 2016 and AWS one year later. He's a value investor at heart so his presence on the show should be all you need to know about choosing to listen. Charlie (that’s me) has worked in finance at Amazon since 2014 and joined Amazon Web Services in 2015. He is also 1/2 of GoodBaby.band | Bass and songwriter for fornow.band | Recovering drummer | Author of the Art & Work weekly newsletter at charleskunken.com | Writer. Rider. New Yorker. Artist.
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The opinions on this show are our own. The voices in our heads... still figuring that out. Charlie & Sid bring you some humanity, fun, and other useful stuff from the trenches of working in finance in tech. An interview show with our friends and colleagues at Amazon about how they ended up here, how they thrive, and most importantly…what are they doing this weekend. This show is all geared towards helping you perform better in your career, forming stronger teams, reducing stress & anxiety, and having plenty of laughs along the way. We’ll go micro on the day-to-day tactics and tips. We’ll go macro on creativity and mindset. We’ll give you all kinds of new ideas to play with about how to get into tech finance or what an optimal career might look like for you. We'll also bring you guests who you might not otherwise have access to. And since our number one objective is to bring you value we'll listen to you about the things you really want to hear. Sid joined Amazon in 2016 and AWS one year later. He's a value investor at heart so his presence on the show should be all you need to know about choosing to listen. Charlie (that’s me) has worked in finance at Amazon since 2014 and joined Amazon Web Services in 2015. He is also 1/2 of GoodBaby.band | Bass and songwriter for fornow.band | Recovering drummer | Author of the Art & Work weekly newsletter at charleskunken.com | Writer. Rider. New Yorker. Artist.

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@cbkunk

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English


Episodes

Ep8 - Shaping A Career with Gretchen Stephenson - You Better Be Having Fun

11/16/2019
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“If you’re not having fun then you probably need to find something else.” Today Sid and I interview our very own Finance Director here in AWS Infrastructure, Gretchen Stephenson. Today Gretchen drops some sage advice about shaping a career in tech finance. We also chat about Texas, baseball, and why the ideal dinner party involves Barbra Bush, Lenny Kravitz, and The Rock….can you smell what The Rock is cooking? This was a really fun show, we hope you enjoy! 3:18 Growing up around...

Duration:00:52:38

Ep007 Real Estate (For Clouds) w.Jim Footh - Understanding People And Communicating

10/29/2019
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“THE WAY TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE IS TO LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY CAME FROM…AND THEIR PHILOSOPHY.” Today our guest is Jim Footh, a Real Estate Principal here in AWS Finance and another one of our business partners. Today Jim takes us on an entrepreneurial ride from paper routes to Paris and explains why a weekend cruise involves driving his car into a lake. You’ll especially like this one if you’re curious about Real Estate. It was a great show, we hope you enjoy! 2:07 | Living on...

Duration:00:50:48

Ep006 Finding Your Way w.Ernest Popescu - & Finding Truth On The Journey

10/16/2019
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“Be true to yourself, no matter what.” Today our guest is Ernest Popescu, a Bus Dev Sr. Manager here in AWS Infrastructure (and Sid’s business partner). Ernest takes us on a classic ‘Hero’s Journey’ prior to joining Amazon in 2014, complete with tales, hijinks, and the lessons he learned along the way. This episode was a blast. We hope you have as much fun as we did! 3:50 | Wait, how many languages does Ernest know? 5:01 | Ernest as a kid - sports…and just a little trouble ;) 8:01 |...

Duration:00:46:42

Ep005 Two Decades of Finance Wisdom w.Mona Leung - Being Mindful & Relaxed On The Journey

10/9/2019
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“You walk in with your idea, people are going to engage with you. They’re going to get into your data, they’re going to get into your thought process and they’re going to challenge you, and they’ll also build on it. So you’re going to walk out with a different product…a better product.” Today our guest is finance gal Mona Leung, a Director here in AWS Finance. Mona draws on her 2 decades of finance experience before joining Amazon in 2014. She tells us what was different about Amazon,...

Duration:00:41:48

Ep004 Staying Close To The Business w.Karl Brenner Román

9/30/2019
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“For the first 90 days here I would try to sit as much as I can, or literally just move your desk to where your business partners are.” Today we have an interview with Karl Brenner Roman, Sid’s and my ‘cousin’ (by the org chart) here in AWS infrastructure finance. Karl is an energy guy and he’s got some great insights on how he has found success adding value in finance at Amazon. 1:00 When do you stop counting your Amazon tenure in months? 3:00 Karl’s gig before b-school included energy...

Duration:00:33:02

Ep003 From India To AWS Finance w.Sid Dhodi

9/23/2019
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The opinions on this show are my own. The voices in my head...still figuring that out. Today we have an interview with Sid Dhodi, my homie and teammate here in AWS finance. Sid brings the funny, we'll definitely be hearing from him again. 1:00 Sid’s origin story 3:05 Never try this…Sid & family land in NYC for business school 7:20 Flunking every 1st round interview 9:55 How Sid prepared for Amazon interviews 13:35 The biggest learning curve the first year – communication 16:10...

Duration:00:27:00

Ep002 (5) Tips for Starting in Finance At Amazon

8/19/2019
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(0:41) 1/Be Useful Quickly; (1:16) 2/Solve Problems, Don't Create Solutions; (2:15) 3/Start w.The Micro; (3:16) 4/1-on-1 Strategy; (4:32) 5/The 3 Buckets This is the coffee chat I have with new analysts on Day 1 and I wanted to share with you so you can hit the ground running. You can find us online here and subscribe to the weekly blog, where all the ideas start: charleskunken.com/subscribe. This is the audio from an episode of the 'Finance GuyTV' Youtube channel. You can get that video...

Duration:00:05:41

Ep001 Intro: A Different Kind Of Show

8/19/2019
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Whatsup peeps and welcome to episode 1! This is just a quick preview of what we've got in store. Here's the description of the show: Charlie Kunken brings you a not-so-typical-approach to working in finance at Amazon all geared towards helping you perform better, forming stronger teams, reducing stress & anxiety, and having plenty of laughs along the way. We’ll go micro on the day-to-day tactics and tips. We’ll go macro on creativity and mindset. We’ll give you all kinds of new ideas to...

Duration:00:01:39