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  • Lorenzo Daidone

    The Coffee Tech #100 will be held on Friday 24th at 8:00 am @ Confindustria Genoa. Speaker: IIT Vice Scientific Director  Giorgio Metta.


    Hi guys,
    I’m Elisa. My academic career started with a high school diploma in languages, after which I applied to the University of Genova where I am about to graduate in Economics and International Shipping. During my university career I have started to deepen my knowledge regarding finance, day by day this subject has intrigued me more until becoming a passion of mine. More specifically I am particularly interested in environmental finance and behavioural finance.
    Firstly, I am really fond of nature. I strongly believe that we as a society should become more aware about our environment, and, ‘apply’ this awareness in our daily lives. One of my personal goals is being able to work in the field of finance whilst supporting and encouraging new technologies that could hopefully help exponentially our ecosystem. I am firmly convinced that an increasing number of companies will endeavour a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of managing their businesses to increase exports, also through LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) studies, EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certifications, etc. This of course, will have a direct consequence on the investments of the company and on the other hand its position in the economy.
    Secondly, I hope I will be able to broaden my knowledge and experience about behavioural finance. I personally prefer to avoid ‘creeping featurism’, reason for which one of my favourite acronyms is K.I.S.S. “keep it simple, stupid”. Furthermore, besides studying I also dedicate myself to our family business. We work in the field of hospitality with various venues in Genova, Rome, Florence and Prague. My main task is to manage the personnel in the various structures. Since the moment I laid eyes on this tour I have been very motivated to enter in this project because I feel a strong connection between your ideas and my personal skills and values. I consider myself a good team worker and the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural group with many talented and creative minds is something I look forward to. I am also very self-disciplined and have a good capacity of problem solving.Moreover, I am sure that I could learn something new from everyone, every day.
    As regards Elon Musk,he is considered a titan,a visionary and a successful man. On every topic or field on which it expresses itself, it seems to be an open bible. No one seems to have his own level of competence combined with clear vision of change and a long preparation coming from experiences on the market. He is a marketing expert with high-turnover business experiences. Musk does not enter on the market with clear competences of a product but he has an aspiration, a mission. In this context, the last tweet of the Tesla CEO, it can cost him very high fines and it could generate a wider problem: Could we allow news to run freely on the net? Where is the safeguard limit between informing others of what you are doing and harming others if this is not done?
    The answer is not easy. On one hand there is the possible limitation of personal and human development, on the other hand there is the extraordinary strength of those who, by skilfully using communication, can obtain enormous advantages even if only from a partially true or even false statement.
    In conclusion,I’m reading the biography of Elon Musk and I would like to focus on a personal aspect of the character given by the analysis of his last separation. There is a sentence, in fact, in the book he uses to repeat: “When I was a child, I had a fixed thought: I never want to be alone”. If you’re surrounded by supporters,can you be lonely?
    What do you think? If you want , you contact me on my Linkedin!


    • This reply was modified 5 years ago by Elisa.
    • This reply was modified 5 years ago by Elisa.

    In order to answer to this statement, I’d like to mention some quotes based on The Top 10 Reasons to Work at Google.
    -“Google offers on-site physicians, nurses, medical services and health care coverage to keep its employees happy and healthy. Googlers can travel without worries; employees are covered with travel insurance and emergency assistance on both personal and work-related vacations.
    -Google encourages employees to spend this much of their time pursuing innovative ideas about which they are passionate.” Investopedia.com
    Focus attention on pros & cons
    On one hand Google has very difficult tesst to enter but on the other hand you can find a company that traits and supports its employees’ in a creative and innovative way.

    so,Why not?

    Guglielmo Schenardi

    I agree with what has been said so far regarding employees satisfaction. I’m currently an intern at LOVOO (Berlin) and I can only be happy of the flexible times, free breakfast, fossball in the office and other benefits the company gives. Moreover respect among peers and the chance to express your ideas are important factors, too.  The objectives have to be , of course, challenging for every employee as well. What I feel should be stressed is the possibility of growth and that every team member works  in the same place. These two aspects are interconnected in the end. To meet physically your coworkers and have lunch with them contributes significantly to bond the team and most of all can reduce the stress if there were some problems among team members. Indeed to be working all in the same office has been proven to give equal possibility to all employees to be promoted and follow seminars.



    p.s. here an experiment on working from home, productivity and promotion

    Bloom, N., Liang, J., Roberts, J., & Ying, Z. J. (2014). Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experiment. <i>The Quarterly Journal of Economics</i>, <i>130</i>(1), 165-218.


    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“In a world where people are hungry for quick fixes and sound bites, for instant gratification, there’s no patience for the long, slow rebuilding process: implementing after-school programs, hiring more community workers to act as mentors, adding more job training programs in marginalized areas.” Quote written by Dan Hill . I would like to focus on the difference between Job Gratification vs Job Reward! What do you think about?</span></p>


    Hello everyone!

    I’m Francesca Gatti and I’m 21 years old. I have just finished my bachelor degree in Economics and Management at Bocconi University in Milan and in September I will start a Master in International Management at ESCP in London.

    Thanks to a course at university called Innovation and Technology I got closer to the Artificial Intelligence field and I decided to deepen my knowledge on the topic. This interest led me to attend some conferences focused on the application of Technologies in business and enterprises. I decided to conduct some additional personal researches on the subject while writing my thesis that also allowed me to discover the Silicon Valley Study Tour Program.

    I am a curious person always keen on trying new experiences and discover new places and people. I like exploiting every opportunity offered to me by always trying to make the most out of it.

    I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to take part in this program that I am sure will give me the possibility to get closer to the enterprise world and to be part of an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous group made up by extraordinary people. I’m also excited to accomplish one of my biggest dream: visit the Silicon Valley and some of its most important companies.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

    See you soon!!

    Paolo Marenco

    Welcome here Francesca!

    I’m happy you join this group and project . Our talk at last Coffeetech with Francesco Volpi , Alumno SVST 2011 and CEO Beltmap, showed us a curious girl, open to the World and fond of tech: the perfect mix of our Alumni mood!

    Giorgia Delogu


    I’m Giorgia, and I’m a third-year student in Economics and Management.

    I decided to study management because of my passion for entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation. Specifically, there’s a type of entrepreneurial initiative that interests me the most: the one that makes an impact on society and allows people to create a more sustainable world.

    Because of that, I applied for an internship at the Impact Hub incubator of Milan, and there I meet Francesco Volpi, the founder of the startup I have been assigned to, called Beltmap. He is an Alumni of the Silicon Valley Study Tour, so he suggested to me this fantastic initiative which I cannot wait to experience by myself with you in August.

    Then, we will meet again in an event organised in October with Francesco to tell you the incredible story of creativity and entrepreneurship behind the invention of Beltmap. Beltmap consists in a belt connected with a smartphone app similar to Google Maps, that indicates the user the right direction to follow thanks to the only use of belt’s vibrations, allowing blind people to orient themselves keeping the hands and the hearing free to use. You can have a quick look at its specifications by our website or YouTube channel, but I am sure that to talk about it in person will be more exciting and I hope it will inspire all of you to find the audacity and determination to start your own business, as Francesco courageously did.

    I am extremely proud and happy to be there with Beltmap and you that day, as well as to finally join this Silicon Valley Study Tour!

    See you soon!!!

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