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  • Maddalena Baraggia
    Participant
    @maddalena
    #2099

    Hi everybody!

    This would be the 29° edition of Silicon Valley Study Tour, an amazing experience that allows student like us to get in the heart of innovation of all the world, a great trip to know how to have such enthusiasm and have a possibility to work there, or if this isn’t possible, to take home some success’ secrets from smart enterpreneurs.

    I would really love to partecipate and get to Stanford and the biggest enterprises in the world and even to meet the other University’s Italian guys selected and learn new important things with them. And I really hope to open my eyes to innovation.

    Finally, I want to greet and thank all of you.

    Thanks to my professor Roberto Candiotto, that organised the conferences for Economics Department.

    Thanks to Paolo Marenco, who has the first idea of realize Silicon Valley Study Tour.

    Thanks to La Storia nel Futuro, that create this social network, very interesting to discuss of our conferences.

    Thanks to Fabrizio Esposito, who organised the last two conferences in Fondazione Novara Sviluppo.

    Thanks to United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Martino Brunetti, Clemente Carfora, Massimiliano Brigonzi, Giorgio Barbaglia, Manuel Cherchi; they were the speakers of our conferences, always interesting till the last second!

    And thanks to my classmates, I met new people very nice and smart. I really hope to get in Silicon Valley with you!

    Best regards,
    Maddalena Baraggia

    Dalila Sina
    Participant
    @dalilasina
    #2100

    Hi guys!!!!

    @andrea95, I don’t think Manuel is a genius, I think he is a very clever person who wasn’t afraid to risk for chasing his dreams. This is not genius, but it is the ability to “exploit” the chances that life offers. He was able to exploit them and has gained a great benefit, a brilliant career and a lifestyle that he loves. Certainly, if you face him all with the smile and the positivity that distinguishes him, success is secured.

    @robertorota, I hope to be able to participate in the “aperinnovativo”, unfortunately I have a few scholastic and not commitments that they are busy a lot of time, but if I can free myself I will surely come.

     

    Dalila

    Tommaso Moraca
    Participant
    @tommaso-moraca
    #2101

    Hi guys!!

    @claudiodesantis, I think that everyone should work on himself, improving day by day both physically and mentally. About mental aspect I think that learning and reading are a crucial activities and help the development of personality and the creation of believes and ideas. Moreover we could learn from other people and that’s why we shouldn’t remain stuck on our points of view. Team working isn’t simple, is based on fragile balances, because, as @claudiodesantis said, we should have the strength to defend our ideas but understand when we should take a step back because we are wrong or misunderstood. A crucial aspects in team working is communication, a clarity one, and in order to achieve that is necessary to know our colleagues, LinkedIn are doing that with his employees, offering them meals, ‘leisure area’ and gym. Everything is meant to encourage team building. A stimulating environment and the right company’s culture facilitating every team working activities (as Manuel explained us). In conclusion, I would like to say that team working is a soft skill, so I could be learnt and trained, that’s why its development lays upon us.

    @robertorota, Actually I don’t know, I’ll tell you in the next days!!

    Have a good day guys!!

    Andrea Re
    Participant
    @andrea-re
    #2102

    Hi guys!

    How are you?

    @andrea95 regarding your question I completely agree with @dalilasina and in my opinion Manuel not only has been able to exploit the chances that life offered him, but he also has been able to create opportunities from scratch such as when he looked for job opportunities in other countries when he wanted to go away from Scotland.

    @claudiodesantis teamwork required several soft skills and a positive attitude to consider other points of view is a crucial aspect to work well with others so, as @tommaso-moraca said, we need to understand when we should take a step back because we are wrong or misunderstood. Although I think that soft skills are much harder to learn than hard skills because they characterize how a person interacts with others, while hard skills could be learned through teaching and experience.

    @robertorota that is a great news! I am also going to aperinnovazione, see you on Monday! 😊

    Sara Biscuola
    Participant
    @sara
    #2103

    Hi Guys!

    I can see Manuel had a positive effect on all us. I recommend you to contact him via Linkedin. I had the pleasure to talk to him and he gave me some other precious advices: he is like an open book that could be read willingly.

    Exploiting your enthusiasm here and talking about other successful story of Italian people in Silicon Valley: http://startupitalia.eu/70611-20170324-mashape-augusto-marietti-silicon-valley-round-storia. It talks about the sotry of Mashape, a API startup founded by 2 young Italian guys, Augusto Marchetti (CEO) and Marco Palladino (CTO). Starting from zero without money and a house, and now their company received 18 million dollars this year.

    Concerning the Aperinnovativo, I will join it for sure @robertorota!

    I hope to hear your answer!!

    Sara

    Claudio De Santis
    Participant
    @claudiodesantis
    #2104

    Good evening guys!!

    As told by @dalilasina, Manuel is a man who had the courage to pursue his dreams and who with motivation and stubbornness has found a job that was close to his personal characteristics and that made him feel happy.
    A job that has been found, not with the degree, in fact, as he said, the degree was useful to make him understand that he could achieve the goals he set himself, but in Silicon was never asked it, in Silicon they was interested if he could handle pressure, be quick in making decisions and if he was good at having innovative ideas.
    At the base of everything there is always how we relate to the world, because will be the people, if we learn how to behave with them, to find the right location for us, taking advantage of all the opportunities that they offer to us. Luck doesn’t exist, we must create our fortune, as Manuel did.

    @sara This story can only give us more enthusiasm, and make us understand, as we said a while ago on the forum when we talked about Start-Up, the ideas have changed the world, from writing to the wheel, and will still be the ideas that will change the world and innovate it, for improve the technology in our sistem.
    The money is there, because who could have invested on Augusto Marietti, today is eating his hands looking the fortune that Augusto did. In our country, sometimes young people are not listened because innovation is seen as an enemy, when in the reality, it’s a opportunity.

    What do you think guys?

    Good evening.

    Claudio De Santis

    Roberto Rota
    Participant
    @robertorota
    #2105

    Hi guysssss
    I totally agree with you @dalila ! Manuel isn’t a genius, is only a person who had the courage to dare.
    His desire to stand out by the crowd allowed him to do what he currently does, to work in the best working place all over the world….Silicon Valley.
    Speaking not only about work field, but of our life, Determination is essential and the perseverance to reach our goal could turn our dreams into reality.
    @andrea and @sara I’m very happy that you will participate to Aperinnovativo with me on Monday, it would be great !! I hope that also other people will decide to come, it will be an unmissable opportunity for us 😉
    Have a good weekend !!
    Roberto Rota.

    Andrea Re
    Participant
    @andrea-re
    #2106

    Hi guys!

     

    I want to share with you a little achievement. Today our “family startup” (if it could be defined in this way) has been featured in the first page of La Stampa and then on page 19 there is an article about it 😊

    You can find the heading of the article here http://www.lastampa.it/2017/12/02/italia/cronache/palline-di-magnesio-e-acqua-cos-il-detersivo-per-il-bucato-diventa-bio-e-dura-un-anno-cvCCrCGEf4Y2VZixYcfHAN/premium.html#acquistaregistraaccedi

    Unfortunately to read the whole article you need a subscription, otherwise it can be read on the paper version of the newspaper or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/thewellnesstore/

    I am so happy that after the first months of hard work our product has a national appeal.

     

    @sara I am not sure, but it could be that at the aperinnovativo we would have the pleasure to meet the founders of Mashape considering that as written on facebook two Italian entrepreneurs that run a successful startup in Silicon Valley will attend the aperitivo on skype.

     

    Have a good weekend!

    Roberto Rota
    Participant
    @robertorota
    #2107

    That’s great @andrea-re !!
    I read the article in this morning, it’s an extraordinary project, an intuition that will be very useful for us in the years to come.
    I was very impressed with your plan, good luck to you and to your family!!
    Eco-sustainable projects are always my favorites, on Monday I want a very detailed explanation, I warn you ahahah
    Have a good Saturday guys !!

    Sara Biscuola
    Participant
    @sara
    #2108

    Hey Guys!!!

    Concerning what @claudiodesantis said, I don’t believe that we young people here in Italy are not listened to because of a fear of innovation. Instead, I believe that the reason behind it is related to a culture that linked youth to inexperience.

    In fact, for example, the founders of Mashape were not taken seriously and no one in Italy believed in them, so they bravely left the Country, trying elsewhere. Anyway, I agree with you that ideas change the world and I strongly believe that innovation can improve our way of living, so why do we fear it?

    @andrea-re On Monday we will have the confirm about what you said. I hope you are right! Regarding the article you published, I want to congratulate you. I personally find it a very innovative idea and a great combination of ecological and sustainable.

    Do you use in the family? The question may be trivial, but I’m curious to know the effects you benefit from it! And if you want, tell us more about it: it’s not really every day to hear that a student already make an idea real, moreover with his own father!

    Sara

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    Marco Morello
    Participant
    @marcomorello
    #2110

    Good evening.

    Congratulation Andrea!
    I think investing on eco sustainable systems is a great idea to catch consumers. Nowadays people are sensitive about climate change, we should provide more to this to have a competitive advance. New methods and design provide to recycle parts and components, this can reduce the waste.

    Regarding to Manuel’s argument, I agree with Claudio. I believe a lot of young people in Italy are afraid to meet and understand new culture. It is a mental issues. On other hand Manuel left Italy for challenging himself. It is not possible compares them. Moreover we are talking about two different generations.

    However, I will be in aperinnovativo too!

    Claudio De Santis
    Participant
    @claudiodesantis
    #2111

    Good evening guys!!

    @andrea-re Congratulations, I’m very happy for you, see your own idea that turns into reality and begins to have prominence in an important Italian newspaper like “La Stampa” I think it’s a big pride for you, I hope you can go the most as far as possible with your idea. The idea is really original and as said @sara, tell us a little more from your personal point of view of this experience. Wow. Great.

    To answer you @sara on the question of “fear of innovation” I meant to say that in our country, “the old guard” don’t want change, as we also said with Max Brigonzi, we are an old country, “extinct” until it wants to “evolve” , “Evolve or be Exinct”. Of course, as you said, at the base there is a lack of confidence in the ideas of young people mainly because of inexperience, which is a wrong thing, as demonstrated by companies, LinkedIn example, who put at the same level people hired since years to people hired since two days, something that don’t happen in our country, but that slowly is happening to us too, maybe young people will have more chance to speak than in the past. A country that does not listen to young people and who does not want to change, forces those young people to travel abroad and go looking for luck abroad, like the inventors of Mashape.

    But I feel that something in our country is changing, if we are already here to discuss what can be improved and what we have to do to make sure that they are implemented, it means that we are on the right track and stories like that of Andrea tonight they give me even more confirmation.

    @robertorota Anyway I will do everything to be Monday at “Apperinovativo” of Fondazione Novara Sviluppo!!!

    Good Weekend, Guys!!!

    Claudio De Santis

    Dalila Sina
    Participant
    @dalilasina
    #2113

    Good evening guys!!!!

    Sorry if I was absent, but I’m in Rome for a judo race and I did not have a wi-fi available.

    I think that @sara is right, the problem of young Italians is inexperience, but if nobody gives the chance to experience, how can this situation be released? Must change the mentality at the top, we must have the desire to share, just as Manuel said.

    @andrea-re, great idea, it’s really extraordinary that you already have a project!!! I hope you can develop it!!!!!

     

    Dalila

    Dalila Sina
    Participant
    @dalilasina
    #2114

    Hi guys!!!!

    The first step of our adventure is coming to an end. It was great to meet you both virtually and alive. You have kept me company on many evenings and you have given me many food for thought and the possibility of dialogue on different topics. So the biggest thanks must go to all of us participating in this forum.

    The second thank you goes to all those who are involved in our various meetings and have brought their testimony that has allowed us to have a different and more open view of the world, so as to prepare ourselves for the great event.

    The last thanks goes to Prof. Candiotto and Fabrizio Esposito, who organized and hosted us allowing the realization of all the meetings.

    Of course we all want to participate in the tour, this will not be clearly possible given the limited places, but regardless of the result we had a great chance, which will become even bigger if we will be selected, that we must exploit and take with us forever.

    Hope to see you all soon!!!!

     

    Dalila

    Sara Biscuola
    Participant
    @sara
    #2115

    You are right, @claudiodesantis. My comment referred in particular to the founders of Mashape who I believe they were not listened to because they were very young (around twenty). If perhaps they were over 30, they would have more possibilities to be heard and taken seriously.

    I hope that in the future in Italy the lack of trust towards young people seen them as having no experience and therefore capacity and the fear of innovation can change in the Italian culture. IN order to make it happened, it is certainly necessary for people like us to make the difference, because today we young people are the basis for the way Italians will think tomorrow.

    Sara

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