I love Product. I built/launched/managed products at Google, AmEx, and P&G. I am constantly analyzing present and future trends to develop intuitions, which I then validate with data.
Throughout my career I have experienced product roles that required go to market, analytics, customer interviews, field sales, and engineering skills. I worked in large companies and startups. I was a founder myself. I can align, lead, and grow teams from 2 to 50 people.
I am currently at Oasis Labs creating the infrastructure for privacy-preserving applications; I joined as the first non-software engineer employee and helped the team move from a research project at UC Berkeley to a 35-person venture backed startup, raising $45M from a16z, Accel, Foundation, etc.
As an angel investor and advisor, I look for ambitious teams that work to exploit the depth of their breakthrough insight. DeliveRex (acquired by JustEat) and Keyless (raised $3M in seed) are a few examples.
I am excited about companies building infrastructure layer to support complex and enormous markets, especially in FinTech. If you share similar interests, I’d love to connect.
I started an offline advertising company when I was 24. That’s how I learned the rule of the 3 Ws: Wrong plan, Wrong execution, Wrong timing. If you get 1 out of 3 wrong, you’ll survive a few months; if you get 3 wrong, you learn (the hard way).
I live in the Mission in San Francisco, California. I hold an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas and Ms/Bs in Engineering from the University of Rome.
I also founded Berkeley StEP, a pre-accelerator that helps students get together and launch companies (65, so far; 15 of which received funding).
I strongly believe in principles: integrity, honesty, loyalty.
Family and close friends come even before.
I am a rational optimist: I point at problems to solve them.
Some things I like:
- engaging with people and situations that make me change my mind
- challenging situations
- digital and programmable money
- coding and technical matters
- reading about someone else’s experience
- djing, piano, and music production
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