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September 11, 2017 at 22:42 #1675
My name is Alberto Conte and I am a “Management and Finance” master graduand at University of Western Piedmont in Novara.
I attended Silicon Valley Study Tour in August and it was for sure one of the best experience I ever had. During 5 intense days, we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in this fascinating and unstoppable part of the world, from big businesses to famous universities, from networking and business associations to Italian companies based in Silicon Valley.
In order to breathe entrepreneurial air for more time, I decided to stay here for 3 months. In fact, thanks to the tourist ESTA, you can stay in the States for 90 days without any problem. Taking the advantage of this opportunity, I’m living in a coliving space in SoMa in San Francisco city and it is very exciting because I am surrounded by companies such as AirBnB (where I am now writing to you, as they have a public coworking space), Eventbrite, Slack, Uber, Pinterest, Dropbox and many more. Being in Silicon Valley gives you the opportunity to meet so many interesting people, to participate in networking and tech events, and to talk to entrepreneurs and investors. Moreover, thanks to Paolo, I am also doing an internship at A3Cube Inc., where I am assisting the CEO of this company, trying to learn as much as possible the art of managing the own company.
PS: I just created a small video about the experience we just had. If you want to have a little taste of the SVST, watch it here https://youtu.be/Ou8zZRueAioApril 6, 2017 at 11:01 #1475
Wow, I think that GET is a really nice idea! It would be the best if an option like that is integrated into a wearable device like the AppleWatch, in order to make an “independent” device that doesn’t necessary need other tools like bluetooth Headphones. I laughed out loud when I saw the part of the presentation video in which the guy listened to a football match during a date with a girl! Another useful (but not so innovative) wearable device is Senstone (http://senstone.io), that lets you easily “write” whatever you have in mind without writing it. Really useful for those like me that needs to write every time tons of “brilliant” thoughts in the wrong moments. I am waiting for a device that can understand our thoughts and copy them into word documents (there are some news about it for those who are not able to speak and that’s a real innovation! http://www.ansa.it/scienza/notizie/rubriche/biotech/2016/11/14/un-computer-legge-il-pensiero-e-lo-traduce-in-testi_59f700e0-a885-4008-b540-20e815060671.html). For me, a device like that would be so useful and it can make a sort of revolution, allowing us to make a new and fast form of writing (I really love writing and for me it would make a change). Another useful (made in Italy and modular) wearable device is Amyko, that was made during a previous edition of Startupbus: it’s a wearable device made for our health and assurance (https://amyko.it), easy, nice and cheap.
Moreover, concerning Horus, I’d like to thank you, @paolomarenco: it would be really interesting to follow the event. I knew about Horus, thanks to StartupItalia where I read about it 2 years ago: http://blog.startupitalia.eu/73576-20150314-crowdfunding-di-successo-30k-a-horus-che-migliora-la-vita-dei-non-vedenti. I really think that devices made for deaf-mute or blind people or people with other pathologies could really make the difference into the medical field and I really hope for the future that there will be more and more private and public social funds made for this kind of products/devices.
Finally, about FB page, what if we make all the time bilingual (IT/EN) posts? So, we can have an international audience. I have no problem about making ITtoEN translations. In this way, we can potentially catch attention of more and more people. What do you think about? Is it ok to do so, @paolomarenco?April 4, 2017 at 13:39 #1435
Good morning, everyone!
Thank you so much for information, @gabbo. I am filling the application form. Congratulations, it is a great startup and a wonderful opportunity!
Concerning me, I am finishing my Management & Finance Msc in July/November, and it would be so great to work in a so innovative company like yours after my degree. Hope to see you in SV during SVST.
Anyway, @martinavalentini I really think they listened to our conversation hahah Big Brother! Just joking. Anyway, I think they need to innovate over and over again in order to be a real alternative to Fb, if they want so. I am very curious to see how FBvSNAP will end up.April 2, 2017 at 15:14 #1382
First of all, thanks @martinavalentini for the link about this initiative of Facebook and, differently from FB Stories, this could really be an innovation that can make easier donations for the ones who are in need. If I have to think like a bad man, I can say that this could be also a way to introduce payment on Facebook, which is a while everyone is talking about (starting from last F8).
Anyway, in order to maintain this forum active I would like to introduce the argument “Snapchat”. This year would be probably SNAP IPO year and there is like a crazy enthusiasm around it (someone says that its evaluation is around $ 20 BILLION!) that for me is just meaningless. I am sure that it’s a very popular app in USA and maybe in other English-speaking countries, but for me it’s just a meteor, it’s just a fad. In my opinion, their biggest error was not to make strong marketing campaigns in non-English-speaking countries (like, i.e. Italy) which could make possible to have a larger and more loyal user base. For this reason, for example, using passively Snap, I saw a great decrease of Italian users in the app when Instagram introduced IG Stories (I don’t want to talk about WhatsApp stories, Facebook Stories and Messenger stories because it’s just Zuck craziness and a total disaster). And, I have to say that Stories works perfectly with IG. Why the decrease in Snap? Easy: Snap was not strong enough in Italy (and also in other countries) to maintain their user-base into the app and users just moved from Snap to IG (or, even if they were users of both apps, they just leaved Snap). And now I saw almost the same ex-snachatters into IG using the same feature (aka stories). And it sounds like madness to me hearing people talking about Snap as a successful and long-life startup and about its IPO. Their success is based on a feature that is just easy to be copied and so Zuck did in a great way with IG.
Finally, I would say that Snap is the new Twitter: maybe it would never fail because of a “minimum” loyal user-base, but for sure it will not be the next Facebook.
What do you think about? Do you use Snapchat? and, if yes, WHY?March 30, 2017 at 7:18 #1335
Good morning guys, sorry for the late answer but – as I told you – yesterday and today I have a daily intensive course about finance. For this reason I am now answering while I am on the train to Milano, and for sure I can’t be there today. So let me know it about news and a little survey about today’s meeting and testimonials’ stories!
Meanwhile I was coming back home yesterday, I made 4 examples of hypothetical logos that I’ll share here in order to have a better quality: here’s the link with the image, http://www.transfernow.net/38e6w3w6mfj7 (link will be available until 3rd April). What do you think? What do you like most? Obviously they are just examples, buy I think that it is a good design mix of SF bridge and Novara’s best.
@martinavalentini, thanks for the link: I really hope that Europe and Italy first will make something in order to promote startup businesses. It’s not just a matter of keeping up with the time, but first it’s the best way to create jobs. During thesis research about VC I am writing, I read about lot of datas about low VC investments/GDP ratio here in Europe, if compared to USA and also about here investors risk really less. Obviously, as said last testimonial, if you have a great idea, there’s no problem to find money: I am sure it’s so right. But my feeling (also data could confirm this) is that, even if there are money, people invest a really small amount of it: in this way it’s really hard to make a really booming startup transforming in a unicorn, because they all need huge amount of cash in order to crazily increase account base. What do you think about?
Anyway @paolomarenco, thank you for these useful links! I really like webinars and it’s the best when they’re free and about business! I also joined Meetup group, thank you!
Moreover, I also upload this file here http://www.transfernow.net/216f43e1a420 (also this one is available until 3rd April), where you can find about 130 business-related links I saved during last year, and we can use them on our fb page for external interesting links (I made this list because I had the intention to make some videos about business and things related and, if I have to be sincere, I want to do so also nowadays, but I have no time for now).
Have a nice and productive day, buddies!
PS: write me, if you have problem about links or if you want some opinion about today’s meeting you are going to make.March 28, 2017 at 11:57 #1288
Hi guys and girls!
First of all, about Baiapasta, I think is always a nice to know about success business made by Italians about Italian traditions. Of course, we are really good in these tradition products. Moreover, we are one of the best ones in sectors which almost everyone knows neither about their existence (me too): renewable energy, shipbuilding sector, artisan products, leather products, taps and fittings, ceramics and tiles, wooden furnitures, packaging machines and so on.
Moreover, I think that Filippo Arrigoni made a clear realistic image about Italian systems, about its pros and cons: we are one of the best one when we are talking about intense and short-time situation (like dangers and emergencies, like during earthquakes), but then we are really bad in the “after”-period. I really think he made a very realistic picture of Italy and what we have to improve for sure: somehow long-term vision and above all bureaucratic issues. What do you think about?
Second, about @domet97 question on big data, this startup is quite similar to the one I worked on during StartupBus, really! I think this is, somehow, the good side of big data in which everyone could have a general prospective about him/herself through his/her online footprint. This could make so interesting consequences, which make us aware about our life path and, i.e., how to make it better.
Third, about questions made by @andreaannalisa, I think that – in a way or in an other – we always depend by technology but, for me, if we can live in a future in a world where AI could make like almost of the functions we nowadays make, this would be just so good for us to bring humans to a new way to live. From my point of view, the biggest question is: can the system follow the technology development? Because of course, we can revolutionize every sectors we want and make possible to have everything without working; but if we continue to live in a system where, for example, working is necessary to have money in order to live, well, for me tech could be somehow problematic, but of course not for tech itself which is fast but for system and way to live which could be much more slower and less inclined to fit tech (r)evolution.March 26, 2017 at 13:13 #1255
First of all, @paolomarenco, thank you a lot! I think that it would be a wonderful opportunity to work for a while in Silicon Valley. Personally, it’s one of my biggest dream and for that reason I really would like to help for funding.
Second, I really like your energy, guys! I sent my personal number to @martinavalentini so she can add me on the whatsapp group and we can organize all the staffs (Great idea @domet97).
Third, about sponsors. For sure it could be useful to create a fb group, even if I think a fb page could be useful in order to make other people aware of news from our group, and if you want someone else to manage it, I am in (or, if you want I make aesthetic things like a logo or other staffs, I can use Photoshop without problem and @martinavalentini too). Anyway, as it was a problem for StartupBus to find sponsor, anyway I think it could be a great idea to try to ask famous brands for funds: obviously, we can make lot of photos with sponsor’s logos and so on. And, if it’s not a problem for @paolomarenco to try also this way, I think it can work! About Lions Club, if you need I have some contacts with Novara’s Leo Club, because my sister was the president for some years, and for sure they could be happy to help us. Another idea could be about asking to Gruppo Giovani Imprenditori, and I know some entrepreneurs that are part of that group. Finally, we can try with some associations like ESN Italia, Aiesec, CREA or something similar, because their main goal is to promote young people to move abroad.
Moreover, if we want to make a great (crowd)funding we need to make at least one video: you know, nowadays videos are the very best way to promote something and to catch people attention. For this reason, if you want to make it, I have no problem about staffs (I have a quite good camera) and editing (I have final cut pro X that I use to make some videos).
WE CAN DO IT!
PS: Here I answer the question about my dream job. Well, for me it’s really easy to answer. I would like to be an entrepreneur, to make my ideas real and economically working. Specifically, I’d like to create something about web and social (meaning both social network and related to society) that could help people to have a better (or easier) life. For that reason it has been a while (2-3 years) that I am enjoying some competitions, classes and travel about it and I tried to improve my English level. In fact, working in SV (first as a trainee and then as a “startupper”) would be my biggest dream, because – you know – Silicon Valley is the heart of entrepreneurship.March 22, 2017 at 21:39 #1152
Hi everyone! Sorry for the late answer but work is pressing a lot and time is short.
First of all, I’d like to answer @paolomarenco. I really didn’t know anything about the company you mentioned and I’m really happy to hear that is a successful modern Italian business. I think that, thanks to tools like Slack, a business really doesn’t need to have a HQ or to have workers from the same place. I think this type of business structure will be probably an aspect that we will see a lot in the future. Working remotely has lot of positive aspects for both workers and companies. A really great example is Automattic, the company behind WordPress that has no HQ and employers works from all over the word from the comfort of their own houses.
Second, talking about BOTs, I believe that are a useful tool in order to make things easier and I knew their existence since a while. Even if, like anything, also bots can be used for negative aims like fake social accounts or spread computer virus, I think they have much more positive aspects. For example, I really like chatbots in order to have more information (I use it on Messenger in order to have real time news) but there is a really big universe of useful aims. I linked here an interesting article about it: http://startupitalia.eu/53301-20160325-automattic-wordpress-mail-ufficio. Moreover, it’s really interesting to have a look about future trends during 2017 (http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/12/7-bot-trends-to-watch-in-2017/). Do you agree with these trends? PS: if you go down the article, there are other interesting articles about bots and AI. If you have time, read them! J
Third, I’d like to ask you all a little question about yourself, also to know a little bit each other. What do you want to do in your work future? I’d like to know reasons behind your interest in business environment. Would you all like to become entrepreneur, as I would? Or to work in a big business or other reasons?March 20, 2017 at 8:37 #973
@domet97 It’s not that sure: maybe there is someone somewhere that wants to be the next Italian StartupBus conductor, who can say! The research has just started. Fingers crossed. The biggest problem is to find sponsors to decrease the participation fee to something about 2 or 3 hundreds euros each.
@carlozanotti You can try this year Startupbus as well!! Really suggested! Anyway, I think Elon Musk is kind of a genius, a living Tony Stark. I think he’s creating really useful and futuristic things and the best one is that now people is considering electric cars or other ecologic solutions (with Tesla, Solar City and Hyperloop) not like a hippie solution but like something cool that we really need for the future. On the other hand, he believes that we humans will all live in an other planet (Mars): for me it’s like senseless, because there are lot of solutions to live on our this tiny planet without destroying it and also growing in population number.
@martinavalentini thank you so much! It’s always quite fascinating and weird at the same time, to listen to this type of way to manipulate people will.
@andreaannalisa I see you like a lot nighttime! hahah Anyway, thank you so much for telling me about SingularityU, it seems to be so interesting. I will have a look on it and, who knows, maybe I will join it too. Concerning Big Data applied on education: the good (and bad) aspect of Big Data is that you can really use it in every aspect of our life, and it’s a great innovation if used in a positive way in a field as education. In the video you liked there are lot of great application on it and I think that in this way Big Data is really our future, because if we teach to future generations in a better way, thanks to Big Data or other educational innovations, for sure we will have a better future generation. Last but not the least, I had a look on Artupia and I think they made a really great work, really. I had a look on their website and it’s full of art pieces and that’s amazing. The only thing I am not that sure (if I have to find a negative aspect) is that the real art environment is really complicated and based on valuation of experts, and I fear that the potential (rich) buyer looking for real art won’t use this channel, but the traditional one (I hope to be wrong). But, for sure, it’s a great solution in order to buy or sell some real great paintings.March 19, 2017 at 17:26 #962
@andreaannalisa Of course I can tell you more about StartupBus. For me it was a very intense experience where I meet other crazy people: because you have to be a little bit crazy in order to do this weird trip. We were divided into small groups, based on ideas we voted (so, if you have an idea which will be voted, you’ll become the team-leader). In my case, I worked in a team about a social Big Data service to the ones who want to see all the interpretation and statistics during the year (like in Snowden’s movie, but made by each user). I was part of this team as hustler, but I’m quite good in Photoshop so I was also the “hipster” one. During the travel, we had some business experts who made previous startups or who were expert in a precise field. During these 3 days we had to think about a business model, to make a presentation and a mock-up or a prototype, and to pitch in front of the others in the end of the trip where every countries StartupBuses met (from Germany, Lithuania and so on). Moreover, I don’t know if there is another Italian edition of StartupBus, because they are looking for a “planner” to make the trip, find mentors and sponsors and so on. They asked me to organize it this year, but thanks to university and other staffs I have really no time. Maybe next year! In case, if there will not be an Italian edition, try other countries ones.
Finally, concerning the main topic of this week (Big Data), it could be interesting to everyone to have a look at 2017 trends: https://www.tableau.com/resource/top-10-big-data-trends-2017 . What do you think about it? Are they realistic trends?March 18, 2017 at 18:14 #942
Hi @martinavalentini, thank you for the information about “spin doctors phenomenon”. I have to be sincere: I never heard about it, so for sure I will have a look on the web.
Anyway, to everyone who wants to follow some almost free class about entrepreneurship, I’d suggest you two experiences that I really recommend. The first one is CREA Summer Academy (http://www.creasummeracademy.eu/) and it’s a 2 weeks’ experience where you will meet other young “entrepreneur-wannabes” and where you will follow daily classes (in English) about this wonderful universe and then you will pitch in front of potential funders. The second one is much more practical and it’s StartupBus, a 72 hours trip in a bus where your team will work on a startup idea (yours and the one you voted for) during a trip around Europe. When I took part of it, we went from Bologna to Milano, Zurich, Koln and Amsterdam in just 72 hours, and we had a 2 days break at Pirate Summit in Koln. Amazing! And I worked on a project that was, by the way, about Big Data. Both are instructive bungee-jumping falls in the (Italian) start-up environment.
If you want to have more info, just ask me here or on FB. Have a nice weekend.March 18, 2017 at 11:04 #916
Hey guys, nice discussion.
I’d like to tell my opinion about what you said.
First of all, I also believe that we live in a world full of opportunities and constantly evolving and I would like to be part of it. Today’s world of entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups is what will be the world of work in the future. However, it has been shown that we, part of Y Generation, have greater difficulties to create the next “unicorn”, which seems to be back to being an fantastic animal. As you mentioned, from Facebook to Uber, these are all former start-ups that are no longer young than 2009: in fact, the unicorns boom was between the dot com bubble of the early 2000 up to about 2010. Now, exceptions aside as Slack (however created by the same creator of Flickr, so not a beginner) or Snapchat (created by people born in 90s as us), it is hard that there will be a lot of one billion companies as in the past, unless someone/something will revolutionize social/economic paradigms (faster than actual Big companies can try to replicate), so that there could be new opportunities. The problem in this regard is that companies such as Facebook, unlike older companies, have a speed of adaptation, observation/ imitation and evolution about what is happening around (especially in the start-ups universe), so that a start-up or a NTBF is often bought or imitated (in any case, the acquisition as exit is one of the best hypothesis that an investor – BAs/VCs or others – would like to see as an “ending” of a start-up lifecycle). What do you think? Will there be many other unicorns in the future? Or, as they say now, it’s the time of “rabbits” (i.e., a small company that, without much clamour, is creating “real” business, building interesting technology and working hard)?
Second, regarding education, I completely agree with the ones who say that we need an education about this argument (Web and social networks). Absolutely. I believe that, seeing the increasingly early age in the use of internet, social networks and devices, an education about the right use of internet and social networks should be done well before high school, I dare to say even in primary school, as well as I believe that there are other arguments that should be introduced to kids (in order to have more aware and open-minded future citizens, with an open look towards innovation and future). For instance, it’s interesting that many people would like to introduce to very young kids the use of coding (https://www.ted.com/talks/mitch_resnick_let_s_teach_kids_to_code). I also think that such education on the use of internet and social media should be also made for our generation or our parents one, because its use tends to be often not completely healthy or it’s directed to the “wrong” way.
Third, just a month ago I saw just a month ago the video with Simon Sinek and I found it absolutely beautiful. In fact, I commented “hit and sunk” because he described very effectively our generation (the Millenials) with its strengths and weaknesses, with our own faults and the faults derived from previous generations. For that reason, I’m reading some of his books ( “Start with why” and “Together is better”) that I highly recommend, whether you also want to enter in the business world or it’s a topic that you like. Moreover, if you want to see other interesting speeches, watch video of “Inside Quest” (from which it was taken the video with Simon Sinek) and the most famous “TEDx” videos, or with a regard to articles about Italian and international startups scene there is the famous StartupItalia website.
Finally, taking up the main topic about Big Data, I think that the question of Trump is just the tip of the iceberg (who had been successful not only thanks to social media and the use of big data, but also to a mix of populism and way of speaking which is, as you well said, simple, strong and understandable by anyone). Aside from questions about the use of Big Data in order to influence the opinions of the masses, as I said previously, Big Data (with AI) can be used in many other fields, such as the industry one, giving us the foundation for a new revolution (that is still happening). What do you think? In what areas can Big Data and AI be applied? In my opinion, virtually anywhere and everywhere. And – as it always happened – many present professions will be only distant memories in the future. This is one more reason to re-invent ourselves, to create a job from scratch that is difficultly reproducible by AI.