Summary of “What Amazon Alexa pays the people building its skills”

Wilson unexpectedly joined a new Alexa economy, a small but fast-growing network of independent developers, marketing companies and Alexa tools makers.
Two years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much to do on Alexa and the market for making Alexa skills was worth a mere $500,000.
“Every skill makes Alexa smarter or more useful,” Rob Pulciani, director of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement to CNET. “We can’t do that by ourselves and we want to enable indie developers to innovate and extend Alexa capabilities at a rapid pace. If our developer community succeeds, we succeed.”
The Alexa economy is just beginning to take shape, according to interviews with a dozen indie Alexa coders, marketing executives, industry watchers and Amazon itself.
If you’ve ever played chess through Alexa using the Chess Master skill or used Black History Facts, you’ve used one of his seven available skills.
Joseph “Jo” Jaquinta, 52, an IBM senior developer from Winchester, Massachusetts, said he’s spent the past two years – usually working two hours every night – trying to turn his Alexa skills into moneymakers.
Hoping to squeeze some money out of these skills, he’s self-published two books, put up for sale Starlanes T-shirts, bought ads through Google AdWords to draw in users and tested ads through his skills, though ads are now strictly forbidden on Alexa.
Amazon also added its Amazon Pay service to skills so, for example, TGI Friday’s customers can pay for their food orders through Alexa.

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