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The Innovation School of Rome will train 1.000 innovators in 5 years

In the last ten years, I have designed, organized, managed or supported many initiatives to promote the birth and development of new innovative companies. From TIM Working Capital to Microsoft BizSpark, from Appcampus (a joint venture between Microsoft and Nokia) to the Founder Institute. Moreover, I was a mentor for many acceleration programs, I judged Startup Weekends, hackathons and so on...

Building a chatbot with Stamplay and IBM Watson: lesson learned

In recent months, my company Stamplay worked together with IBM to create a chatbot for a small town in Tuscany, Poggio a Caiano. The initiative was promoted by the vice-mayor Francesco Pugelli, IBM provided its natural language processing and conversation management technology, while the Stamplay team used our platform to develop the application logic and the integration with Facebook Messenger...

From solution to business in 4 steps and a lot of know-how…

  Whether you are a startup or an established company, you need to create new products, bring them to the market and growth them to a sustainable business. I tried to sketch the four key phases and what do you need regarding knowledge and smart money. We can apply this scheme both to startups and corporations. 1. You start with a solution to a problem. To minimize risk, you can use many...

Some quick notes on food and innovation

I’m passionate about food, and I’m doing some thinking on innovation in this sector. It is a very exciting space and I believe that there are many opportunities to innovate and to change things for the better.

A Non-Developer’s Thoughts for Software Developers: Don’t Work in a Vacuum (3/4)

I once worked with two developers who had the ability to completely lose contact with reality: they worked for several days sleeping just a couple of hours per night. They advocated this method, saying that deep concentration was the only way to tackle complex problems. They were brilliant engineers, but sleep deprivation has a very destructive impact on behaviour and inhibits the ability to work...

Open Innovation and the 5 Pillars of a Startup Community

Open innovation and the 5 Pillars of a Startup Community from Nicola Mattina   In a world, where every company has to become (more or less) a software company, it is necessary to promote the transition from closed innovation (R&D centers) and open innovation models (crowdsourcing portals) to innovation ecosystems (like Cintrifuse in Cincinnati). In innovation ecosystems, startups...

InnovactionLab 2014

InnovAction Lab is an association founded in 2011 that introduces Italian university students to the world of entrepreneurship and innovative startups. Laboratories are aimed at students with multidisciplinary academic backgrounds who, through a series of seminars and webinars, learn to evaluate the economic potential of an idea and present it effectively to private investors. InnovAction Lab is...

Stamplay wins Hy! Berlin and opens a public beta

It’s not every day that you go to an event that takes place inside a pool. Literally! But I guess that in Berlin is not so strange to be in places that once served another scope. So, why not use pools to organize events? Just keep them dry 😉 Everyone in the pool for Hy! Berlin, the most significant German event dedicated to startups, that this weekend showcased 8 accelerators and 24...

Playing with Lego Mindstorms

This Christmas I asked my father to give me the Lego Mindstorms EV3, because I wanted to play a little ‘;-) Here are my first impressions. 1. In the pack there is a huge number of small pieces (601) divided into various envelopes. It would have been much better if they put a container inside the box with dividers to neatly store everything. From what I see from the site of Lego, these...

What an amazing year for Stamplay!

It’s been almost a year since we started working on the current version of Stamplay. At the beginning of 2012, we were working on a catalog of applications for online marketing and loyalty programs. One day we asked ourselves: what if, instead of developing many different apps, we invent a tool to create these apps? A real visual programming language that everyone can use to create any web...

Stamplay wins the Facebook Hacknight in Rome

Last week, Stamplay won the hacknight organized by Facebook in collaboration with Ezecute and LUISS Enlabs in Rome. Among the mentors and the jury members: Luca Colombo, country manager in Italy, Daniele Bernardi, solution engineer, Andrea Lai, PMD program. During the night, the engineering team Stamplay (Giuliano, Alessandro, Mirko, Cristian and Claudio) have developed two new modules for our...

McKinsey: «digital engagement of customers accelerates»

McKinsey&Company has published an interesting report about the acceleration of digital in enterprises and about commitment of CEO in shaping and driving digital strategies. From my point of view as founder of Stamplay, the most interesting data are these: Executives say each of the five digital trends we asked about is a strategic priority for their companies.3 Of these, the trend that ranks...

V2MOM: Vision, Values, Methods, Obstacles, Measures

V2MOM is a method invented by Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce, to achieve a «high level of organizational alignment and communication while growing at breakneck speed». The acronym stands for vision, values, methods, obstacles and measures. The method is described in Salesforce story, Behind the Cloud. The vision helped us define what we wanted to do. The values established what was more...

Marc Benioff: «Build a Recruiting Machine»

I’m reading Behind the Cloud, the story of Salesforce. In the chapter about leadership, Marc Benioff underscore the importance to build a culture of recruiting and to carry on scouting every day, so to always have a list of potential candidates to hire. Build a Recruiting Machine Much like our sales team, the recruiting team uses every effort possible to generate leads. Don’t wait for...

Should a startup integrate philanthropy from the beginning? Benioff says yes!

One of the most important things I’ve learned in life is that you should always seek the advice of those who know more than you. And I discovered that there are two ways to do this: talk to people that you can reach and read the biographies of people you can not reach. These days I am reading Behind the Cloud, the story of Salesforce told by its founder Marc Benioff. I think it should be...

The Remixable Web: notes for a paradigm

There are trends that are widely anticipated, but they require time to become current and to produce their effects. This story starts with content and the Read Write Internet, as Lawrence Lessig wrote in Remix. It continues with the Web 2.0 and the programmable web, but – so far – the transition from content to applications has remained a matter for hackers and hobbyists because the...