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April 15, 2019 at 21:26 #3784
Attending the last conference was in my opinion very useful because we had the opportunity to see the differences between an affirmed leader company like SAES Group and two newly born startups.
I found Eugenia and Alice’s power and passion very inspiring: these characteristics are fundamental to be young entrepreneurs. At the same time, I remember I was amazed by Mr. Della Porta’s humility: this is another relevant trait to grow.
Alice and Eugenia’s start-ups need to innovate continuously double digit if they want to survive in the market. In fact, according to the index S&P500, among the 500 most innovative companies between 19957 and 1997, only 2,5% survived (Source: S&P; Foster and Kaplan). The other struggled to follow the market growth and were left behind. If we think again about SAES, It was able to continuously renovate its business: from the vacuum industry, it moved to the technology of intelligent packages, It never stopped growing. I believe this is something very valuable, that Eugenia and Alice need to take into account for the future.
In the second place, I would like to give my opinion about the production of medicines through 3D Printing.
Also, thinking about my grandmother, she due to various problems, she must take about 10 pills per day. Fortunately, she always has someone to remind her to take the pills daily and at the exact time of the day. Having a capsule for all its needs would simplify her the intake of medicines.
I tried to create my own personalized supplement pill directly from the Multiply Labs website. Because I’m a student, I choose 2 features for my capsule: energy and brain sharpness. the website, through questions, designed me a capsule with vitamins B and caffeine, both necessary elements for us students. I think that, the possibility to draw a capsule based on your needs is brilliant, moreover, the supplement market is growing. The transition to personalized medicine is very difficult. First of all, there is a different regulation in every nation. the UE has to take a predominant position to align the policies in very bureaucratic countries like Italy.
I believe that this innovation will enable us to reduce the number of pharmaceutical industries and thus problems such as waste disposal and the waste of medicines in the future. There is also the possibility for hospitals to have specialized laboratories for the production of medicines designed to their patients into, creating a direct channel producer-consumer.
Have a good night,
LorenzoApril 10, 2019 at 21:50 #3764
I think that the 3D Printing will be the future. The 3D Printing has many uses as waste reduction, it is ecofriendly and it will resolve many actual problems, but what will make it truly revolutionary is that the astronauts will have the chance, not a joke, to be able to go into space and establish themselves by creating an entire colony.
NASA launched a competition in 2015 for the design of a 3D printed house to allow astronauts to live on Mars. This makes you think about the potential of this technology. next May 2019 will be revealed the winners among the last remaining for the final phase.
This is a real and concrete possibility for humanity to enter in a new phase of discovery. It sounds like science fiction but it really isn’t.
My dream nature makes me think that everything that has always been shown only in movies can soon become reality.
See you tomorrow for the last conference,
have a goodnight.
LorenzoApril 3, 2019 at 14:06 #3737
I was totally impressed by the conference. Mr. Della Porta has succeeded in transmitting us the essence and the way of thinking of an entrepreneur. I am enthusiastic indeed to have participated because i love technology innovations.
To answer to Paul, the article that you have published talks about investments in the education field and I am totally sure that Mr. Della Porta spoke about Italian students’ competences.
I share this article with attached paper on a study on the Italian university students: https://www.varesenews.it/2018/12/gli-university-Italian-studious-dynamic-preparati/778000/
As we all know, it is true that Italy needs huge investments in education, just look at some classrooms of our dear UNIPV! But I believe that this wasn’t the main topic of the meeting guys. There are much more interesting topics that have been touched.
Coming back to the meeting, I would like to make some considerations about the OLED screens that we talk a lot about. I love every existing device that has a screen. We have been told that in the coming months the first “flexible” mobile phones will be introduced, but actually, we are not talking about a single screen but a kind of “stitched” screens. As we know, there is a risk that an invention will be technologically too advanced for the historical period in which it is conceived and created (like the flying machine by Leonardo Da Vinci). I’m ignorant in entrepreneurial matters but I fear that the “FlexPhones” will end being like ”Virtual Reality” (VR) in the gaming market: the prices are too high for the average consumer and it would eventually become a niche product.
I post you this article that talks about the Galaxy fold, the new “folding” phone that will be launched by Samsung in the coming months:
What do you think, will it be an innovation, in the short or long term or a flop?
I’m curious to hear your thoughts.
have a good day
LorenzoMarch 26, 2019 at 20:28 #3698
In my opinion the working environment is one of the most important factors for the growth of a company. Having the opportunity to work in an environment tailored to the worker allows stimulating the creativity of the employers themselves. it’s generally known that a company that is dedicated to the welfare of workers improves the success rate.
I would like to tell you about my work experience in Decathlon, one of the leading sportswear companies of international success. I started working as a salesperson in the cycling department without any kind of knowledge of the field. But thanks to the availability of my colleagues, I learned a lot and I acquired many skills in a short time. I started in March 2018, while I was attending the last year of my bachelor. I worked there for 8 months: I was a student and also a part-time worker. This was possible thanks to the flexible time schedule that allowed me to attend classes and take exams. The environment was so friendly and stimulating that I felt part of a big family. I felt listened and comprehended. On the other side, I also learned to listen and comprehend the values of the company: since the first day of training, managers transmit the core ideas of Decathlon’s mindset with great enthusiasm, making you feel an integral part of the company project even if you are a simple salesperson. I was happy to pursue the same goal as my colleagues and directors.
Actually, Decathlon confirms itself as one of the best companies for its work environment. Decathlon also offers the possibility of changing the area of competence, putting you to face new challenges. This allows both a working and personal growth, making the worker always stimulated to devote to the firm.
Nevertheless, I believe that the choice to remain or to change work is subjective and it doesn’t depend only on the company’s behavior. Many people are so devoted to their jobs that get married with the project and dedicate their entire working careers on it. On the other hand, people prefer to change air after a few years because they are continuously stimulated by new challenges and prefer to pursue personal growth rather that contribute to the overall growth rate of the company. There is no predetermined time limit, everything is subjective. Therefore, I believe that a company should try to stimulate its employees in as many ways as possible to ensure that they never settle and continue to feel challenged. But, in the end, the successful formula to retain employees forever has not been discovered yet.
have a good night,
LorenzoMarch 18, 2019 at 14:48 #3624
We talk about nationalizing social networks but we keep our computer webcams covered. Nationalizing social media can remind us of an episode of Black Mirror (a Netflix series about technology diffusion and degeneration; have you ever watched the episode “Shut up and dance”?). In any case, I believe it is certainly necessary to increase the controls over these giants to avoid the spread of “fake news” and prevent the dissemination of sensitive content (for example, the video of the terroristic attack in New Zealand). But all this is utopic.
Fake news and misinformation have always existed, firstly on television (I would invite you to watch an episode of “Striscia la Notizia” on Canale 5, where exhilarant news are spread to increase audience), and today on the internet. Social networks are used because can quickly reach a huge number of people. Moreover, when a content is published on blogs, social networks or forums, the file cannot be removed permanently. In fact, if a person saves a video or an image, this file can be replicated over and over again. Content sharing is uncontrollable.
We can consider as an example the live streaming on Facebook of the crazy New Zealander: how could have “Facebook” foreseen the content of the live streaming? Surely they could have moved faster to obscure the video, but once published it is impossible to remove it from the web. The current regulation says that a platform is prosecutable if it doesn’t remove the video signaled by the users, because in this case, the platform becomes an active player. If the content is not signaled, the social network is not liable because it doesn’t have the capability to check every single post of every single user.
As regards the freedom of information of internet users and the freedom to conduct the business of ISPs, I hereby summarize the EU Directive proposal against an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and requires to install a system for filtering illegal and unpermitted content. The filter works with all electronic communications passing via its services, in particular, those involving the use of peer-to-peer software, which applies indiscriminately to all its customers, as a preventive measure, exclusively at its expense, and for an unlimited period, which is capable of identifying on that provider’s network the movement of electronic files containing a musical, cinematographic or audio-visual work in respect of which the applicant claims to hold intellectual-property rights, with a view to blocking the transfer of files the sharing of which infringes copyright. The same principle applies to social networks.
I remember the words of the British Labor party leader: “The introduction of a digital license fee, payable by tech giants or through internet service providers, to supplement the current TV license fee and reduce the cost for poorer households.”
How much is your willingness to pay to use social networks?
I let you think about this proposal.
Have a good day,
LorenzoMarch 13, 2019 at 23:44 #3574
I’m Lorenzo Lacchini and I’m attending the first year of the Economic Development and International Relations Master’s degree.
I’ve chosen this path because I think that it gives me a balanced knowledge in the fields of economics and politics, both theoretical and practical. I’ve always been fascinated by technology, in particular, by what is related to computing. In fact, I’ve assembled my computer by myself. For these reasons, the opportunity to visit the US is really exciting, especially if we talk about Silicon Valley.
About our topic, I think that social networks give us the possibility to communicate our thoughts. Certainly, the relevance of a tweet by Elon Musk has an outstanding difference. Social networks have the power of communicating news directly from their source, without the intermediation of media. On one hand, we must consider that the CEO of a big company like Tesla shouldn’t give this kind of information on social platforms since it has huge repercussions on stakeholders and on the natural trend of the market. On the other hand, freedom of speech is one of the constitutional principles and Elon Musk’s ban on Twitter would be a violation of it. Moreover, what would prevent him from using another social network, such as Facebook or Youtube?
Meanwhile, the rest of Musk’s societies continue to achieve successes being always the center of the innovation debate. Yesterday, The Boring Company received its first approval to build express-route tunnels in Las Vegas. (https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/12/18262585/boring-company-las-vegas-convention-center-approved)
Regarding Paolo’s comment, I would like to add that, the regulation of the political propaganda on social media is currently under discussion in sight of the European elections. At the same time, in the US already exist a kind of regulation.
What direction do you think this will take?
Have a nice day.