Startup Research

This is the presentation I will give at the Founder Institute, March 8th, 2011 session in San Francisco, on “Startup Research”. Startup Research (Founder Institute, San Francisco, March 8th, 2011) View more presentations from Simone Brunozzi

Italy explained to non italians

That’s one way to explain Italy to non italians, at least from a working perspective. Let me start with this story here: Treehouse hits the Deadpool; founder off to Google. Treehouse was a Mobile Photo Sharing startup. Chrys Bader, the founder, says: “We were indeed the first to really identify the market for mobile photo sharing.  It all started when we asked the question “What if you could see your friends’ camera rolls?” So many people take pictures on their iPhones that never see the light of day, so by being able to see your friends’ camera rolls, then you…

Pizza at Port Townsend, Washington, USA

This Sunday I rented a car and went around Seattle with Lisa. We went to Snoqualmie Falls (East of Seattle), and then to Port Townsend, North East of Seattle. It was a fun ride. We also enjoyed a great pizza at the Waterfront pizza. Here I am 🙂 (Lisa thinks I’m ugly in this photo; I don’t care if I look ugly, as long as you like me anyway).

My Evil Plan for 2011: the long way up

Few days ago I posted a long and detailed review of Hugh McLeod’s Evil Plans. Some people commented on the blog, tens shared it on Facebook, a few others sent me a private email with their thoughts about it. One of them said: well, nice review, but then… What’s your evil plan for 2011? He knows that, even before they were nicely defined by Hugh, I always have had Evil Plans in my life. And he was surprised that I listed many of them, without actually committing to any. Ok, that’s it then. I have to pick one, and possibly…

The Evilest Plans: my review of Evil Plans

This is my review of Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination, by Hugh McLeod Warning: very long blog post! I’ve finished reading “Evil Plans”, by Hugh McLeod. Bought in Singapore last Sunday for 30.10 USD (38.47 SGD), twice as much as you pay in the US, which says a lot about my love for Hugh and my impelling desire to read this book. Yes, interesting book, I should say! So interesting that I decided to spend some hours to write a detailed, hopefully-not-so-boring review of it. (this is me, thinking about many Evil Plans at the…

Eat, pray… Clinic!

Ok, let me have fun for a minute. I’ve taken the picture below at Changi Airport, the main Airport in Singapore. I thought it was funny to have these signs together. I couldn’t resist to imagine this guy that: – Has a huge meal at the Airport; – Feels the urgency to visit a restroom for some “serious” output; – However, his meal so unhealthy and so abundant, that he can’t “output” anything; – Ok, he goes to the prayer room, and asks God to help him. – God doesn’t listen: his last resort is the Clinic. – If even…

Why airports suck

What’s the best way to understand something apparently obscure? Easy: look at how that business, that institution, that group of people or that individual thrives. How it makes money. How it survives. From this, you can understand almost everything else. Let’s take a look at airports: most people would agree that airports suck, big time. Some of them suck less, because they are beautiful, well organized, and treat you very well during your wait for the flight. Such as Changi airport in Singapore, voted world’s best airport for several years in a row. But they still suck. They suck for…

Working for Amazon.com in Asia!

As you know, I work for Amazon.com, as a Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services, AsiaPacific. I can say that it’s a really exciting company to work for, and especially in the Cloud Computing business, these are very exciting days! If you’re interested in working for Amazon.com in Asia (in most cases, based in the beautiful city of Singapore), check out the open positions we have: Amazon Web Services, Singapore and Asia Pacific. As you can see, there are many: some technical ones, such as Solutions Architects or Data Center experts, or some sales-related ones, such as Regional Sales Manager, Account…

The “salt” of a great conference talk

As you might know, I am a frequest “public speaker“, or presenter, for Amazon.com, and in the last 32 months or so I spoke/keynoted at more than 280 events in four continents (they will become five in late April, when I’ll be keynoting in Brazilia, my first visit to South America). This also means that I’ve seen THOUSANDS of other people give talks and keynotes and such, in front of many diverse audiences. People listening to these talks are usually BORED, to say the least. The reason is simple: most presenters don’t work hard enough to make their presentations interesting….

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