December 10, 2012

The rise of vertical accelerators

When in May I was talking with Aziz about this, I wasn’t sure that this was going to happen, although I thought it would make sense in the long run. Now it seems that my little prediction is becoming reality: Nike just announced an Accelerator, in partnership with Techstars. (disclaimer: I’m a mentor at Techstars Cloud in San Antonio, TX). I think this comes from the following: 1) There is a huge need for Enterprise companies to innovate. ... Read more

December 8, 2012

Parrots, the Universe, and Everything

Last night I was working, but then I had to rest, and quite randomly I found this masterpiece: Douglas Adams, days before his death, in one of the most interesting talks I’ve ever watched. I admire Douglas and his way of being a “Renaissance man”, interested in a multitude of things. Watch the talk (or read the transcript), well worth your time.

December 8, 2012

An unstoppable spirit

This is a TED talk that you should watch. I could simply call it “an unstoppable spirit”. Stop doing what you’re doing, and watch Janine Shepherd.

December 3, 2012

Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

This is the video of my talk at AWS Re: Invent, on November 29th, 2012, titled: “Parmigiano, a Monastery, Love and Faith: Technical lessons on how to do Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud”. I hope you’ll like it. If you do, please share :) Slides are here: ** Parmigiano, a Monastery, Love and Faith: Technical lessons on how to do Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud ** from Simone Brunozzi ... Read more

December 2, 2012

Superlinear cities

Very interesting read about superlinear cities. I agree: cities, and the next decades, are super important to understand.

November 12, 2012

Hackers everywhere

Most people don’t know what an hacker is. It’s not easy for me to come up with a definition with which most people would agree… But here it comes: Hackers thrive on sharing, collaborating, and improving their field. (inspired by this). I work in the field of technology (software, systems, Cloud Computing, etc.), and of course I’m very familiar with the “hacker” approach in these fields. I don’t think that hackers should necessary be “against” a particular form of protection, law, or approach to technology: I simply think that being a hacker means that you want to make the world a better place, usually with your intelligence and generosity. ... Read more

October 30, 2012

My ZendCon keynote

Enjoy. (I start at 3:20). Watch live streaming video from zendcon at

October 10, 2012

Let me give you 30 minutes for free

I spent about 35 minutes collecting the following links, thoughts, etc. You can spend about 5 minutes to read them, and eventually much more to dig the details… But you would have saved 30 minutes… Given that you trust my filtering skills :) Please remember that: opinions here are personal, and that linking to resources doesn’t necessary mean that I agree with the content. Thanks! 1) Funambol, a company started by my Italian friend Fabrizio Capobianco, closed 5. ... Read more

October 4, 2012

Amazon Web Services weekly podcast

A few months ago, my colleague Simon Elisha and I started the “AWS Podcast”, a weekly podcast on technical aspects related to Amazon Web Services. It has quickly become quite popular, and if you are not subscribed yet, it might be a good time to do it. You can also listen to past episodes. We’re now at Episode number 16.