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BAIA Blog interview: Salvatore Sanfilippo, the author of Redis: from Sicily with talent and passion

My latest interview for the BAIA blog: I asked a few questions to Salvatore Sanfilippo (antirez), the author of Redis. An exceptional story of Italian talent and passion.

Read the interview!

Added by Franco Folini on December 23, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

BAIA inteviews Mary Trigiani, marketing professional

I recently asked a few question to marketing professional and BAIA member Mary Trigiani for the BAIA blog. I got back some very interesting story and opinion. Here is the complete interview!…

Added by Franco Folini on January 28, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

MIT Teaches You How to Speak Italian & Cook Italian Cuisine All at Once

At MIT, Dr. Paola Rebusco usually teaches physics to freshmen. But, on behalf of the MIT Experimental Study Group, Rebusco has devised an appealing course – …


Added by Franco Folini on December 2, 2013 at 6:35pm — No Comments

36 Hours in Modena, according to the NYT

WHAT did the tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the automobile company founder Enzo Ferrari have in common? For one thing, a hometown: the lovely city of Modena, 90 miles north of Florence, in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. But it was neither arias nor revving engines rumbling through Modena’s cobblestone streets this spring, when a series of severe…


Added by Franco Folini on October 21, 2012 at 8:47pm — 1 Comment

Near-death experience: The rise and fall and rise of Italy’s premier car manufacturer

Book Review by "The Economist": Less than a decade ago, Fiat, the largest private manufacturing company in Italy, seemed bound for the scrapheap. The carmaker had celebrated its first 100 years in 1999 and had weathered other financial storms in the recent past. However, when it had to negotiate a huge…


Added by Franco Folini on January 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Kai Ryssdal of NPR Interviews Sergio Marchionne

It's called the North American International Auto Show, the big carmaking gathering that kicked off this morning in Detroit. It is -- as most auto shows are -- an event where manufacturers show off their new machines.

The Dodge Dart is Chrysler's big entry this year in what looks to be a fairly promising year for the Big Three. Sergio Marchionne is the CEO of Chrysler and the Italian automaker Fiat, which owns almost 60…


Added by Franco Folini on January 10, 2012 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

NPR: Italy's Accordion Industry: Tiny And Thriving

More than 70 percent of Italy's gross domestic product comes from small businesses — and they're not growing. Economists are worried this will make it impossible for Italy to climb out of its massive $2.6 trillion debt.

Even in a global economy, something as small as Italy's accordion industry can have an impact. The work of its craftsmen has…


Added by Franco Folini on January 9, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

The "Italian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil" is back in the news

This is a case study on how to destroy an international brand. Italian companies went for the short term profit while destroying a powerful and popular internationally recognized brand, the "Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil".

Here the article and podcast from…


Added by Franco Folini on December 12, 2011 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

Clayton Christensen: How Pursuit of Profits Kills Innovation and the U.S. Economy

In an interesting talk at the Gartner Symposium ITExpo 2011 on October 16-20, 2011, Clayton Christensen explains why the basic thinking taught in business schools and promulgated by consultants is killing innovation and the US economy. The talk is available …


Added by Franco Folini on November 22, 2011 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

The new Benetton campaign

What do you think of the new Benetton ads campaign? 

Is it OK to leverage popular political and religious leaders to promote a brand? It is disrespectful and should be forbidden or at least avoided, or it's OK and we should not be bothered by it?



Added by Franco Folini on November 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

noHold to Offer Customer Support Tool for Comcast Subscribers

Congratulations to Diego Ventura, CEO and founder of noHold! Milpitas, CA – November 15, 2011 – noHold, Inc., developer of the most interactive and diagnostic Virtual Assistant…


Added by Franco Folini on November 15, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Italian Driverless Car Beats Google Driverless Car

My ex-colleague Alberto Broggi from the University of Parma created a vehicle able to drive, without a driver, from Rome, Italy to Shanghai, China (over 13,000 Km or 8,000 miles). The electric car, driven by a PC reached Shanghai, China on October 28 after crossing two continents and surviving all sort of driving environments. The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on November 27, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Startup Fever (in US): College Students Have It Bad (from Businessweek)

New York University seniors Katie Shea and Susie Levitt were interning at Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and Citigroup-Smith Barney (C) when their sore feet inspired them to start a $10,000 dorm-room company selling foldable flat shoes that come in their own tote bag. A year later they have… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on October 19, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

From Wired magazine: Piaggio’s Unusual Airplane Maximizes Efficiency

One look at the Piaggio P180 and it is immediately apparent the airplane wasn’t designed by a team of engineers hoping to create just another mid-size, twin-engine aircraft.

The Italian-built turboprop brings, from tip to tail, some unconventional ideas to the conservative world of business aviation. The creative design places the plane at the top of the efficiency scale for customers increasingly concerned by the high cost of flying.

The unusual design translates to… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on August 23, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Key to Success? Think Like an Immigrant!

We don't like to think of ourselves as immigrants. We didn't move to the US with the same spirit and motivation of the previous generations Italian immigrants. We consider ourselves world citizens available to move where the opportunities are. It could be US or Germany or Japan, doesn't matter. But regardless of the name we choose to identify ourselves we must admit that people leaving their own country are strongly motivated and can achieve ambitious goals and create incredible… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

TechCrunch: Can someone tell this Italian Judge what YouTube is?

Interesting article on TechCrunh about the decision of an Italian judge regarding three Google employees accused of breaking Italian law by allowing the video of bullying of a teenager with autism to be posted on Google Video in late 2006.
According to Google: "In late 2006 Students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them…

Added by Franco Folini on February 24, 2010 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Time: Berlusconi vs. Google, Will Italy Censor YouTube?

The political discussion about the regulation of YouTube in Italy just landed on the other side of the Atlantic with an interesting article from the Time magazine by Jeff Israel.

"Hot on the heels of the Google vs. China censorship dispute, a new front in the showdown between state power and Internet freedom is opening in Italy. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government is pushing through new measures that would give the state control over online video content and force… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on February 3, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Italian Mafia increased profits by 8% during 2009 recession

According to a recent Reuters article, Italy’s mafia crime syndicates bucked the recession in 2009 to raise ‘profits’ by almost 8 percent with the financial crisis making companies and even the stock market even more vulnerable to cash-flush mobsters.

Mafia Inc. is reinforcing its position as the number one Italian company,” said a report published on Wednesday by a body whose members bear the brunt of mafia extortion and crimes, the small business and shopkeepers’… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on January 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Businessweek: the Google v/s Apple saga

Last week issue of BusinessWeek had a very interesting article about the growing rivalry between Google and Apple. The conflict become firstly evident when Google CEO Schmidt had to give up his Apple board seat. The release of the Nexus One phone by Google made the conflict fully evident to everybody putting the products of the two company one against the other. A couple of weeks… Continue

Added by Franco Folini on January 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments


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