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July 9, 2020 at 16:51 #12637
Hi Stefania, nice to meet you!
I will try to be brief: I found out about this project that the conferences were already halfway through, but I liked it so much that as far as I could, I covered the old videos.
I immediately fell in love with the environment you created: full of energy, friendly but serious, inspiring and after all I found myself more motivated to achieve even higher goals than those already set. It was a wonderful opportunity to discover so many stories, and for this I want to thank you.
What I bring home first is the awareness that doing Startups is very difficult, the difficulties that more or less all the speakers have faced made me think. The second lesson that I take home is the importance of the team that is built: without a good team the project has already failed at the beginning. The third lesson is the importance of having a network: knowing many people not only can be an advantage for personal enrichment, but also for obtaining different ideas, opinions and even appointments with investors. And finally, even if it may seem trivial, I understood better what are the different steps that a startup faces in its path, from creation to their acquisition (or IPO), and how it must face the different changes.
Some speakers I liked more and others less, the ones I liked the most were Fabrizio Capobianco and Giuliano Iacobelli: I liked them because I think they had/have the same mindset and determination as I do, also I found their speach very compelling. I would have liked to have gone into more detail of many stories, but I am aware that time was not so much.
Surely in the coming months I will try to expand my network more, and above all I feel the need to find some mentors. What I feel like doing is also to explore better the life cycle of a startup, to learn even better the initial stages. Sincerely I feel the need to create something, but I don’t know what yet, so obviously I’ll keep thinking and informing myself, hoping to get the right stimuli (I feed my brain and the rest I make him do it unconsciously ahah)!
Thank you again to everyone for the beautiful experience, I hope there will also be a live one, in Silicon Valley!
Gianluca PontoniJuly 6, 2020 at 15:29 #12620
Hi @giuliapiesco! Of course I know that product design is not graphic design, but very often those who make one know how to do the other.
About your question. In my opinion, and from personal experience, design can influence those who work in the economy in the creative and thought process: it was inspiring for me to see how an idea is born, the reasoning behind it and the semantics behind a product or an image; I learned that the basis is to start from the “why” of everything. All this is the basis for applying and creating an innovation in any economic field.
On the other hand, the various jobs in the economic field can teach a designer the importance of numbers (even in a project where creativity is at the center), and the fact that sometimes, a project is better to leave it as far as it can be close to the creative’s heart. How do you think economists can influence designers?
The intertwining between economy and design is very interesting: eco-design as one of the steps in a circular business model. The study of product design to ensure that it is respectful of the environment: durable, built with sustainable materials, that the design requires a second use … all elements needed to step a circular business model. What do you think? Have you ever made or thought of making an “eco-design” objects?
July 3, 2020 at 12:09 #12618
- This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Gianluca.
<span class=”handle-sign”>@</span>giuliapiesco thanks for your advice!
I am a very curious person, and I am of the idea that you must not stop at your “field” if you want to excel, so I learn the philosophy of other sectors. In particular, I have some personal projects started (not startups) and on these trips I am accompanied by some trusted people, including a product designer. This person was able to pass on all his passion and love for design, including the philosophy and logic behind creating a new idea, so I got passionate and together with him we are giving a lot of focus on graphic design in my projects: good design as a means of better conveying some concepts. I’m also trying to apply all the mental logics of you designers to the world of economics and business. If you are curious I can also attach the logos that he created for me, they are only a small part of his work, but I think they represent his philosophy well.
Speaking of books, thank you very much for your advice: “Da cosa nasce cosa” I have already read it, and I also read “Fantasia” by Munari (very nice as it tries to explain the difference between fantasy, creativity and invention). For your other advice I will certainly read them.
Do you know any interesting Startups that give a good focus on good design?July 2, 2020 at 19:34 #12610
Hi @giuliapiesco, nice to meet you!
In the last few months I have followed many startups, but lately I have preferred to focus on only a few, to understand how they had adapted their business model after Covid19; an example is Airbnb. It was interesting to see how all company components had to use creativity to find solutions, I think creativity today is a necessary skill for any person in any company role, it is the key to finding innovative solutions and proposals. A now “ex Startup” that I was following is also NIO, who did the IPO last November: I am particularly attracted to their longer-term products, they seem innovative and visionary (give a look at the NIO EVE: https://www.nio.com/visioncar), products already on the market instead seem to me a copy of other companies, and I don’t like copies.
@giuliapiesco you sad that you are a product designer, I study economics and finance, but design is a passion. What books do you recommend and who is your favorite designer? I really love Massimo Vignelli and Bruno Munari. And about creativity that I touched before, could you tell me how you practice or stimulate it?
@christianpaesante I heard about WeSudent and Girogio Morelli, one of its founders (Forbes 100 under 30, right?). I am very curious to know what your role is in the Startup, can you tell me about your experience?
Thank you all
June 25, 2020 at 19:23 #12594
- This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Gianluca.
Hello everyone! I recently found out about this beautiful initiative, I hope it is not too late to try to be part of it.
My name is Gianluca Pontoni, I live in Udine, and I have a background of articulated studies: a degree in ‘computer science and telecommunications‘ and now I have just finished the first year of a master’s degree in ‘economics and finance‘, let’s say I am half a programmer and half an economist. What led me to make these path choices is a great passion for IT (innovate or die they said) and a great passion for the business and finance world, so a little driven by instinct and a little from the passion I found myself having very different backgrounds. Combining the knowledge acquired in my studies, I have created a course with over 400 enrollments (in 6 months), the only one of its kind in Italy: through programming in Python I explain how to create programs useful for business analysis and the financial markets.
I am very happy to have read that there are other people here who pursue my same goals and who share my same values: regardless of the company and the value that I will create the ultimate goal is to have a better world, do good both socially and in environmental terms.
I am a very curious person, I never get tired of learning and I try to seize every opportunity, doing so is the way I discovered this project. I am increasingly aware that the paradigms of the economy are changing and that consequently also the way of doing business and the markets, as I said I am giving my all to learn at any time of the day and to create a business model different from the ones used until now in terms of employees, working hours, respect for the environment and value created for society.
I leave you with a few last words that somewhat reflect my way of acting: positive human ethics for a conscious evolution of humanity.