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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...

Think big, you are at Seedcamp

Last week, me and Giuliano have participated in the Seedcamp Week in Berlin: our goal was to win the selection and be enrolled in the acceleration program that starts today (May 20) in London. Things did not go as we expected. Let’s start from the beginning. We arrive in Berlin on Saturday morning, go to the apartment rented through AirBnB, connect the computer to Wi-Fi and begin to review...

How we will change web development with Stamplay

It is now some months that we are working on the last version of Stamplay, and I would like to share some information about our work. We started in August 2012 with the aim of solving a problem that we’ve experienced in the first person as consultants: the creation of an online communication campaign often requires the development of custom software. Most advertising agencies outsource these...

A few thoughts on TechCrunch Italy

TechCrunch Italy was a great event, full of positive energy and with a good program. I consider it a good beta, a successful experiment with some things to improve. Kudos for the decision to do everything in English without simultaneous translation and assuming that anyone who wants to be in the world of digital startups must adopt its lingua franca: there is no alternative to this. Monty did a...

Circleme partners with Cibando for curated lists of POIs

Circle Me is a beautiful mobile app that «connects you to the things you love and to people around the world who share your interests». Yesterday, Giuseppe D’Antonio announced that they are adding curated list of POI (point of interest) that they call plant: ‘Plant Guides’ are collections of plants, grouped by either theme or topic. This will allow users to browse things related to the...

When changing the culture can lead to disaster

I’m reading Start-up Nation, by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. There is a passages that is worth to be cited, because it summarizes the cultural change that occurs in any company moving from the startup phase to a more complex organization. The authors mention an HBS study (The Recovery Window – pdf), which analyzes two different crisis with two very different outcomes: the Apollo 13 rescue and...

Startups at Fiera del Levante in Bari

Nicholas Caporusso points out to me a good opportunity promoted by Fiera del Levante along with Bollenti Spiriti [italian] and The Hub Bari [italian], with the support of Qiris [italian]. If your startup is founded by youngs and is less than five years old, you can book a free mini stand for (at least) a whole day to showcase your business. In addition, you can propose a demonstration, a workshop...

Campus Party Europe with Cattid: from Rome with love

Campus Party is a huge and very cool event for hackers that will take place in Berlin from August 21st to August 26th: Campus Party arrives for the first time in Berlin with a very important mission: to re-type Europe’s source code, and, for that, we need you. Our goal is to bring together 10,000 participants from all over Europe from August 21 to 26, 2012 in the iconic Tempelhof Airport...

The Founder Institute featured by the New York Times

In this moment, the Founder Institute is on the homepage of the New York Times: The institute aims to democratize the access that up-and-coming entrepreneurs need, partly by opening up networks and opportunities to those on the outside of the tight-knit start-up world. It “helped me build my network — when I came from Turkey to the U.S. in 2008 to start my company, I didn’t know anyone,” said...

Water? is an enjoyable casual game :-)

I’ve always liked puzzle-solving: years ago, I used to buy the leading Italian magazine (La Settimana Enigmistica) with some regularity. Today, I replaced crossword puzzle with casual games: they are fun, have a flat learning curve, are fast, can be played just for a few minutes. If they were also useful, it would be great… Last night I completed Water? So I can proudly share my...

Considerations about SuperBetter and the limits of gamification

Jane McGonigal‘s speeches are fascinating and she is an amazing talent. I recommend watching this talk in which she explains SuperBetter, a project she’s working on and whose genesis is also described in the book Reality is Broken. SuperBetter helps you achieve your health goals — or recover from an illness or injury — by increasing your personal resilience. Resilience means staying...

Buongiorno! now speaks Japanese

NTT DoCoMo has successfully completed the takeover of Buongiorno! and now controls over 93% of the share capital. Another Italian digital champion sold to a foreign company: there is an exit market for Italian startups, if they just look bejond the Alps!
In this infographic there is the story of Buongiorno. Kudos to Mario Del Rio: now give back and invest in Italian entrepreneurs 😉

Founder Institute approaching Rome

We are approaching the first crucial milestone to test the demand for opening a new chapter of the Founder Institute in Rome for the Autumn of 2012. On July 29th we will do a first review of the applications: if we will have the right number (we are very close to the objective), than we can announce that the Founder Institute will formally launch a Rome Chapter. Express your interest now and...

Gamify learning: a little experience at Luiss University

Few days ago, my friend Luigi Capello invited me to give a few lectures about business model canvas at the LUISS University and I am immensely happy for that opportunity. I adopted a very practical approach, with the objective to let the students experience some very common pitfalls in the startup process: Do not fall in love with ideas, because they have little value. Rather, one must focus on...