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It's a wrap

And this is the last episode of our little series. I’m quite happy with the results: I met interesting new people, learned a lot and created some content that can be useful both to startup founders and to investors. The … Continue reading

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State Of The Net Podcast

Last show of 2019! We start by chatting about my other podcast, then Sacha Baron Cohen’s ADL speech and Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s new Contract for the web. We move on conversing about millennials, what is right or wrong, we wonder if we would be … Continue reading

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State of the Net Podcast – s01e15

Here’s a new episode Euan and I recorded last week. It felt like a good one while we were recording it. As usual, as soon as I finished editing it a whole bunch of things happened which are related and … Continue reading

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Contract for the web

I just endorsed the Contract for the web because it seems the right thing to do. Of course it’s not enough, but it’s a very good and visible beacon to point people to when you try to describe how things should … Continue reading

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Investor series: behind the scenes

If we are in any way connected on social media it’s likely that you have already heard this: I’m co-hosting a new podcast/video series titled “Investor Series“, where we meet different kinds of early stage startup investors and try get … Continue reading

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State of the Net Podcast – Episode 14

Since blogging is one of the key topics of this episode, I’m posting this here first. In this episode we chat about the 50th anniversary of UNIX, problems at Google, the stories that we tell ourselves and how the world … Continue reading

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Sotn Podcast, episode 10

First Euan said: “Social media isn’t broken, people are.” And then we started discussing about the most recent news, how social media shapes conversations and conversations shape social media, how Filipinos influence everything we see, how India and Africa are … Continue reading

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SotN Podcast s01e09

First episode of 2019, recorded on the day of the Macintosh 35th anniversary, this episode is all about Euan and myself: the Apple fan boys. From experiences through this long stretch of history of computing, to the usual complaining about … Continue reading

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SotN Podcast: episode 8

In this episode we wonder if podcasting really is the “intellectual dark web”, or if it’s just a good place for conversations (mostly because nobody can interrupt us). We also meditate on how we might have lowered the entry threshold … Continue reading

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Just testing something

This is just a test, nothing interesting to read here. Not that there’s anyone out there left reading any of this anyway. So what is the point of apologising? Well, there’s absolutely no point, it’s just that I’m testing something … Continue reading

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SotN Podcast – episode 5

You can’t miss this brand new episode of the State of the Net Podcast. It’s just Euan and I chatting for half an hour about about #decentralisation and other interesting stuff. Seriously: how can you miss it? Subscribe now! (And while you … Continue reading

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Hello, old friends.

Recently I realised that the plug-in which was routing all my Instagram photos to this blog had stopped working. I didn’t have time to figure out how to fix it until this morning, now images will be flowing again. Thought … Continue reading

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Early stage startup checklist

It’s a known fact: the vast majority of startups fail, most of them fail making the same mistakes again and again. If you are crazy enough to be trying to beat the odds, we salute you. At Activate Capital we … Continue reading

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A cure for the “tech co-founder syndrome”

One of the issues that we are trying to address at Activate Capital is the “tech co-founder syndrome” which seems to afflict so many business people trying to start their new companies. It’s what most accelerators and investors put as … Continue reading

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Introducing Activate Capital

Okay, this is the new thing I’m doing: investing in early stage startups. I think that the methodology that we have developed both with Activate Media and M/V over the last few years is incredibly effective to maximise the chances … Continue reading

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Make sure your iPhone backup is encrypted (if you want to save your health data)

Siri was misbehaving on my iPhone 6 plus (it would understand my requests but always fail perform the task), after reading a few articles here and there I decided that the only solution was to restore my phone.   Yesterday … Continue reading

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WordPress.com, the desktop app

Here it is: the new WordPress.com desktop app. There was a time when desktop apps to edit web sites were needed because editing in the browser was such a lousy experience. But then Dave started adding buttons to the pages … Continue reading

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Good days

There are no bad days for great walks. I have enjoyed myself quite a lot under some very miserable weathers (as long as I had the right attire). And then there are days like today: with better colours.

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iPhone magic

I dropped by the Apple Store last week in London to see the new iPhones. I was hoping for the “instant lust” that usually goes with Apple’s new gadgets, but it didn’t happen. Now, to be fair we should admit … Continue reading

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cathy

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Know where I’m going

This map shows all my movements from January 1st 2014 to right now. The data were collected by the app Moves and the map generated by Move-O-Scope. To me this is absolutely awesome. Running Moves significantly reduces the battery life … Continue reading

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VIP dinner guests

After lengthy discussion over drinks last night, here’s the top ten list of people I’d like to invite to dinner and have a nice chat with (sorted, Sir Paul coming first). Paul McCartney BB King Mikhail Gorbachev Sting Bill Clinton … Continue reading

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Workspaces

On the second day the history of this very blog, more than 11 years ago, I posted a picture of my desk. I like taking pictures of the places where I spend a lot of time. Even after all these … Continue reading

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iOS 7 – day one notes

I was ready to fall in love immediately with the new os, and I must admit it didn’t happen last night after upgrading my iPhone 5. This morning I do like it a little better. Sometimes I don’t like good … Continue reading

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Intensity of the mundane

This morning I spent 10 minutes reading this post: Our new extrusions are in – and they are AMAZING I’m not interested in aluminum extrusions, and I don’t plan to buy any, yet the post is a brilliant example of what … Continue reading

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More snails

This time I made a little time-lapse movie ;)

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The more I read about one or another bigCo dropping support for RSS, the more I want to use RSS in everything I do. — Paolo Valdemarin (@paolovalde) June 21, 2013 Some links: Marco Arment: Lockdown Dave Winer: Say no to … Continue reading

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Amen

Dave Winer: Software takes time. Good software takes even more time. We know that so we don’t make promises about when software is coming. It’ll be here when it’s ready.

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Trento

On a wet winter night.

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Addictions

For the last seven days I have been fighting an unusually aggressive chest cold. No smoking. No drinking. No taste. I hardly noticed not smoking my pipe or the occasional cigar. I have not missed a bit the usual glass … Continue reading

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Veneto

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Generations

Generations, a photo by paolovalde on Flickr. Got my first Mistubishi cell phone sometime in 1991. Many others followed, these are just the ones left in my collection. (Picture taken with my current iPhone 5)

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Brand new domain

After almost 11 years, this blog has a new domain and a new home.

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State of Social Media

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We are all superheroes

A couple of weeks ago my iPhone stopped vibrating, so yesterday I sent it in for replacement (no Apple Geniuses in this part of the world). I could easily drop my SIM card in some other old phone lying around … Continue reading

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The news of RSS death might be exaggerated

While Steve Gillmor is declaring RSS dead, buried by the emergence of the real time web, I was thinking about the course of events as far as content authoring and fruition are concerned. At the very beginning there was WWW, … Continue reading

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1982

Since my mom started getting old 35mm slides scanned, all kinds of curious reminescences are bubbling up. This is me, back when my parents’ business was just a room in our house. You can spot an Apple II (or, better, … Continue reading

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Peony

This year they are blooming one week earlier than last year.

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Multi-language Social Networks

From the logo I see today on FriendFeed, I guess they just introduced localized versions of their UI. For the Italian and the Turkish markets. I don’t care much, usually I don’t like localized versions, but the move totally makes … Continue reading

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Time to change ISP

Last Thursday one of our servers, hosted with an ISP in the Bay Area, suddenly disappeared from the Internet. Turns out we were among the many victims of the cable cuts down in San Jose, as we found out hours later. … Continue reading

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BlogLiguria – Il Secolo XIX

Last week we opened a new site based on PagesPlus: BlogLiguria. The site is run by the staff of Il Secolo XIX, one of the most important Italian local newspapers very pupular in Genoa and the Liguria region. They are … Continue reading

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Early adopters

Today I installed again PhotoShop on my MacBook Air (painfully going trough a reactivation process on the phone since I had forgotten deactivating it on the old MacBook). Back in 1989, my father started importing in Italy a little boxy … Continue reading

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It’s spring

Our plum tree is the most optimistic tree of the garden: as soon as it starts getting a bit warmer, it explodes in a storm of blossom. Every morning we get this stunning view from our windows. Then one day the … Continue reading

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Poets in the clouds

This morning I followed this fantastic document by Dave, and in less than 30 minutes I had my virtual server up and running in Amazon’s cloud. Of course I knew it could be done, but I had never really found … Continue reading

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Not enough air

For the last year I have been quite comfortable with my MacBook Pro + MacBook Air set-up. I would basically take the thin Air on the road and move the heavier Pro only when it was really needed. I tried … Continue reading

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Social Media Influence 09

Last Tuesday I joined Lee Bryant, Andy Hobsbawm and Robin Hamman on a panel titled “Enterprise 2.0” at the Social Media Influence conference in London. It was very interesting going back to a conference in London almost five years after the Social … Continue reading

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The ultimate tool: email

A few years ago many of us declared email bankruptcy, we all had in-boxes full of all types of crap and it was almost impossible to find the few useful messages in the sea of spam. Progressively we moved our … Continue reading

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Faces

I’ve been playing a little with iPhoto 09 Faces feature. It took almost 3 hours for my home dual processor G5 to go trough 15000 pictures and find all faces, but then it only took it a few minutes to … Continue reading

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Sub-zero routing

To host our servers (and our clients’ sites) we have always tried to get as much quality as possible, choosing the best facilities in Europe and the US. But when it comes to our office connectivity, some time ago we … Continue reading

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Anathem

I’m reading Neal Stephenson’s latest book, Anathem. I like Stephenson: Snowcrash and Diamon Age are classics and Cryptonomicon is one of my favourite novels ever. Things started to get a bit complicated with the Baroque Cicle, and Anathem is even … Continue reading

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