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  • Paolo Marenco

    Hi all, this Forum is for You:

    – If You are following our webinars since 2020 or just from the Vittorio Viarengo one of March 30,  2021, 5,30 pm CET

    – If You are eager to know the Silicon Valley Virtually than touch with your hands the Silicon Valley environment with a Tour

    Introduce yourself here: your story, studies, ambition, projects, English Linkedin Profile. Than discuss the webinar topics with your colleagues here.

    At the webinar end, July 6, you could be selected to attend the Silicon Valley Study Tour.

      – You could go on August 2021 edition, if you are ready to go, covering your SVST costs

      – You will go on August 2022 edition, if you need time to find sponsors and money, or because your studies.

    Happy to have you join the 500+ Alumni group of this amazing life changing experience!



    The next webinars:

    30 Mar 2021 | 5:30 – 7 pm CET

    Vittorio Viarengo

    Vice President of Cloud Marketing at VMware.

    Bachelor’s Degree Computer Engineering Genoa University 2010, Extensive Marketing and Product Experience in US: Object Design, BEA Systems, Oracle, Keas, Mobileiron, Skyhigh Networks, McAfee, VMware since 1997.Food Blogger VivaLaFocaccia since 2009.


    27 Apr 2021 | 5:30 – 7 pm CET

    Elisa Rossi & Andrea Parodi

    Elisa, BA MA Advanced School of Modern Languages Bologna University, MBA UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Milaner Founder Craftsmanship-driven luxury brand from Italy and France after product marketing and international growth experiences (Square, Yik Yak).

    Andrea, Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering at Genova University 2017, Silicon Valley Study Tour Alumnus 2017 and Dreamteam Member. Founder of startup T-Gain and Head of Growth at Milaner since June 2019.

    11 May 2021 | 5:30 – 7 pm CET

    Angelo Bonomi & Paolo Marenco

    Angelo Bononi, Industrial Chemical Doctor from Milano Statale University. Extensive experience in Technology Transfer and Contract Research held in Battelle Memorial Institute in Swizerland, Extramet in France, Consortium Ruvaris and CNR IRCRES in Italy. “Technology Dynamics” book writer.

    Paolo Marenco, Electrical Engineer, Founder of La Storia nel Futuro in 1999 and Silicon Valley Study Tour 2005, after the leadership of four Innovation Centers in Italy, since 1986: Genova Ricerche, Tecnoparco del Lago Maggiore, Pont-Tech, Cestec, and one IT Company, aizoOn.

    15 June 2021 | 5:30 – 7 pm  CET

    Vincenzo Di Nicola

    Computer science engineering degree in Bologna University, PhD at Stanford University. He started working in Microsoft before co-founding Gopago in San Francisco. Sold Gopago to Amazon, he came back to Italy, where he co-founded Conio, today leader in Crypto-currencies, with shareholders like Poste Italiane and Generali. Believing strongly in the “Give Back” he is computer science teacher pro bono in the Technical School of Teramo, where he studied. Since 2021 he is Head of Technological Innovation and Digital Transformation at INPS.


    29 June 2021 | 5:30 – 7 pm  CET

    Francesco Volpi

    Informatic Engineering degree in Genoa University, Silicon Valley Study Tour Alumnus 2011. Up to 2020 data science consultant and manager in aizoOn. Since 2018 co- founder of Beltmap, startup to help blind people thanks to sensor technology. Since 2021 Technical Innovation Project Manager at Italian Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Digital Transformation Department.

    6 July 2021 | 5:30 – 7 pm  CET

    Federico Feroldi

    Computer science degree at Politecnico di Milano. Great experience as co-founder and CTO of startups in Italy and USA (Coderloop, Measurance). Deep knowledge of software development, architetture scalable architectures and technological organization. Since 2020 he is Strategic Innovation Officer of PagoPA in Milan.


    Hello everyone!

    I am Kianna Kazemi , a third-year computer science student at University of Genoa. When I heard about this project, and being able to hear the story of successful people working in Silicon Valley, I was thrilled. Today I enjoyed attending Vittorio Viarengo’s conference, and I learned about team values, how to lead a team, how to hire A+ people, and then motivate them while trusting them to do their work. One of the most interesting things that I learned today was about the golden circle, and the knowledge about why we are doing something. I also learned about the importance of a manager’s role who should hire grate people, and get out of the way, so they can do their job as fast as they can.

    Till today I thought that in Silicon Valley what matters most are the ideas, but today thanks to Vittorio, I understood that what matters the most are the people with ideas who make useful products, and sell it to the clients.




    My name is Aurora Bottino and I am a mechanical engineering student at University of Genoa. Firstly I would like to thank Vittorio for his conference which has been very interesting and motivating, I’ve learned so many things in just one hour, in particular how important is to be open-minded, to embrace changes and challenges and always try to improve ourselves. I’ve enjoyed every part of his speech, it helped me understand that team values, how you lead the team and how you motivate people are the keys of success in a company. My favourite part has been when he said that mentality is worth more than marks and competence: to be honest I truly believed that such great companies were looking for the opposite. I understood that in Silicon Valley young people are respected as they’re full of ideas, leaders give them responsabilities despite thier age and that experience is not a fundamental requirement. This part of the speech made me feel motivate to work very hard to be able to live and work one day in a company such as the ones Vittorio described.

    Last but not least, I hope to taste his focaccia as I’m from Genoa too!

    Thank you all for this great opportunity.



    Hi all,

    my name is Fabio and I am a master student in Materials and Nanotechnology at University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore. Currently, I’m working on piezoelectric materials for biomedical applications.

    I would like to thank Vittorio for sharing his experience and also everyone involved in the organization for the opportunity. I really enjoyed the meeting, particularly some ideas struck me more: firstly, the fact that “la gavetta”, to pay your dues, should be considered a crime for young workers. Obviously, it does not refer to all jobs, but I share and appreciate the concept behind this challenge. Then, the idea that states: “follow your passion is bad advice”. Personally, I was always told to follow my passion and I think many people can relate with me.  Hear something like this may sound odd, but actually I understand why I am not so passionate in making things difficult to me and I started considering my passions with a more critical and wider view.

    Thanks again Vittorio for these insights and the interesting concepts during the conference. I hope to have the opportunity to hear again other compelling ideas.



    Hi Kianna, Hi Fabio

    Yesterday I saw Elisa’s and Andrea’s intervew and I would like to write a few things they taught me through their experiences:

    First of all I appreciated them as people, they seemed so kind and humble despite their huge careers and the more the interview went on, the more I understood how they can be the perfect examples for us students.

    Andrea in particular made us open our eyes to an important topic: when we’re young we’re not complitely conscious about what we really want to do as workers and this can lead us to wrong choices, but this choices won’t compromise our future nor our careers because there will always be an amount of possibilities that will let us do what we really like. Andrea’s story confirms that. I also understood what the job “head of growth” means thank to his explanation.

    Thank to Elisa instead I understood how crucial can be start your own business, it teaches you more than any other job as an employee. Before her interview I thought I would have never do that, but after listening to her I said to myself “why not!”

    Every meeting becomes more interesting, I’m looking forward to listen other Silicon Valley study tour’s guests!

    Let me know your ideas



    Hi Aurora,

    I watched Elisa’s and Andrea’s interview too, and I was really impressed, especially with Elisa’s curiculum. I was also inspired by how Andrea <span class=”VIiyi” lang=”en”><span class=”JLqJ4b ChMk0b” data-language-for-alternatives=”en” data-language-to-translate-into=”it” data-phrase-index=”0″>was graduated from the University of Genoa, and how he went to Silicon Valley and started his own business.</span></span>

    Thanks to Andrea, I learned that it’s not always the best to do what the others do, and sometimes we need to find our own path in order to succeed. One of the most important things that he said was between the ages of 20 to 25 the decisions have a very important impact on our lives. And as Elisa said the important thing is to get out of the comfort zone and try new things and take some risks.

    I’m also looking forward to watch other Silicon Valley study tour’s interviews.

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    Hello! Have you seen Paolo’s and Angelo’s interview this afternoon? I think it’s the one I’ve enjoyed the most until now because full of topics and stimulating ideas.

    I’ve noticed that some main themes are common to the other conferences I saw in the last weeks: always try to be more open-minded as possible, be interested in what is out your “comfort zone”, travel a lot and study abroad if you can, all these topics were hugely highlighted also by Vittorio, Elisa and Andrea.

    Concerning this interview, I was impressed by Angelo’s summary about how technology and innovation have changed over the years, adding his personal definition of these two terms, and how they impacted on economy and human lives. Futhermore, it was very interesting listening to the main events which marked his student and working life.

    I was also very impressed by Paolo’s story and by the way he was ispired to start before La Storia nel Futuro, an organisation focused on “genius loci”, and then Silicon Valley Study Tour. We’re lucky because now we’re able to do this incredible experience!

    Another thing I understood today was the importance of our LinkedIn profile! To be complitely honest I have never had one because I didn’t know it can be so crucial for my career and also because in Italy and in particular in the university I attend, these type of social medias aren’t sponsored and our CV is always okay to be selected for a job, but now I’m going to create mine and I hope to share some interesting projects in the future!




    I watched Angelo’s and Paolo’s interview, and I think that it was very interesting because I learned a lot of things from their stories. I also think that some topics were common to Elisa and Andrea’s interview, like trying new things and getting out of our comfort zone, which I think it’s very important.

    Thanks to Angelo I have a slightly more clear idea about “renovation” because I strongly believe that a very important question that allows us to make progress is “how to do things in a new and better way”, and thanks to Paolo I learned that I should open my mind to the world, and experience new things, meet new people, create relations that last for a long time, and in general how to be more social.

    I also would like to appreciate Giulia Piesco for asking very interesting and important questions from Angelo and Paolo.




    Hello! It’s been a month from our last meeting and let me say I’ve missed the Silicon Valley study tour’s interviews! Vincenzo is the fourth guest I’ve been able to meet virtually and as I hoped, his interview really turned me in.

    I’ll maybe sound repetitive in telling you I’ve enjoyed it in every part, but this time Vincenzo made me feel understood. He highlighted some problems we have here in Italy concerning the way of teaching and studying and I can’t agree more with his opinion.

    As a second year university student I’m not completely satisfied and I can say there’s a clear need to change and innovate the teaching: we should do real projects, we should have a contact with the real world and not only studying things by heart because this is not the correct way to make us grow. This is the main reasons that pushed me to open my mind and try new experiencies like attend Silicon Valley study tour, obviously travel and go to study abroad.

    I want to thank Vincenzo and all the people who take part in this project, because most of the time young students feel lonely and it’s important for us to know there’s someone out there who believe in us and mostly want us to improve everyday, so a big thank you.

    I would also add I admire Vincenzo because he has always used his skills and his work to have a good impact on society and I believe we really need more people like him.

    I hope to read some ideas from other students!



    Hi! I hope that you enjoyed Vincenzo’s interview as I did.

    First of all, I would like to appreciate Vincenzo for sharing his experience with us and mentioning the differences between the American and Italian universities. Deeply, I agree with Aurora, and I believe that the University systems should change, and we should learn how to prepare for the real world, instead of learning the theories. Thanks to Vincenzo, as a computer science student I learned that I can improve my skills in countries such as the United States, China, Canada, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

    One of the most interesting things that I learned from Vincenzo is: “We should not think about the present, because the present is already gone, instead we should think about the future, and if possible, create it”.

    I would also like to appreciate Laura for asking interesting questions, and making the Silicon Valley study tour interview more interesting.


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