I love to design and build products that do solve real problems, tools that could make life easier and more just for people.
Capsule is building a decentralized social media platform resilient against censorship and takedowns, aiming to foster free speech and free journalism. Capsule’s founder is Nadim Kobeissi. The company received seed funding from prominent investors including Polychain Capital, FYRFLY Venture Partners, Balaji Srinivasan, and Ravikant Capital.
Bernstein is a web application that provides blockchain-based solutions for securing and managing intellectual property assets. Bernstein brings to innovators and creatives the peace of mind of knowing that their IP rights are easy to claim and defend.
Individuals, startups, research teams, and large tech companies alike can leverage decentralized technologies, such as the blockchain and IPFS, to globally prove existence, integrity and ownership of any intellectual property asset.
After getting my degree in computer science from the University of Bologna (Italy), in 1995 I started my career as a researcher in parallel computing and numerical analysis, first at my alma mater and then at Loughbourough University (UK).
In 1996 I left the academia to become the first employee of the Italian branch of MCI Worldcom in Milan. It was great to be part of the telco boom of the late ’90s, from a few people in a small office to a huge data center with hundreds of colleagues.
In 1998 I co-founded eXtrapola, an online media monitoring service provider. I’ve been the CEO of eXtrapola for 7 years leading its growth, designing products, raising money, selecting and hiring people, building the engineering team, …
Web applications are extremely convenient and effective, but this is not a good reason to give up privacy, security and ultimately freedom. Unfortunately, often there are no alternatives, but trust SaaS providers and hope they act properly.
In 2005, based on this realization I co-founded Clipperz along with my friend Giulio Cesare Solaroli. We envisioned a new architecture for web apps, designed to give people complete and exclusive ownership of their data.
We decided to test this approach, based on client-side cryptograhy, on a very sensitive problem: managing and storing passwords. Therefore Clipperz became the first online password manager, the first web application that knows nothing about its users and their data.
Starting in 2008, I got interested in ebooks and digital publishing. I gained a good understanding of the sector, co-organized the first Italian barcamp and this landed me a job as CFO and strategist at Simplicissimus Book Farm, now StreetLib, a company founded by Antonio Tombolini, a serial entrepreneur that sees further than anybody else I’ve ever met.
StreetLib provides a wide range of solutions for the digital publishing ecosystem: from selfpublishing to print-on-demand. StreetLib is a digital gateway to the international book market that connects authors, publishers, distributors, and retailers on a global scale.
I’m a convinced urban cyclist. In 2009 along with Antonio Tombolini, I started Ciclourbano.it a website that promotes cycling with a special focus on cargobikes and family bikes. I would love one day to turn this passion into a real business.
What I can do for you
During these years I learned to drive the conceptual development and implementation of projects from idea to release. Web apps, data security and privacy, Bitcoin, digital publishing, cryptography, cycling, television, … are some of the markets I’ve a decent experience of. I’m also quite good at writing business plans, raising money from investors, hiring smart people, selecting the right business tools, intermediating engineers and sales people, … I also like to evangelize about things I believe in.