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#Fuoriclasse: My blog on Nova Sole24Ore

Tomorrow (Sunday April 6th) I will be starting my new blog on the Sole24Ore Nova website.
The blog is titled #Fuoriclasse (Outliers) and it is going to be dedicated to portrait stories of exceptional individuals who managed to do great things through their work. It will give me an opportunity to discuss about innovation, science & technology policy, and other topics I find interesting.
The first entry on my blog is going to be an interview with the EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.




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Visit to China Nov 14th – 19th

Just coming home from the official trip of Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza to China. We traveled to Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, meeting a vibrant community of Italians, doing business, cultivating arts, studying and researching in this country. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and positive attitude towards future perspectives. During talks with high level officials of the Chinese Government, research centers and universities we emphasized the priority to increase scientific collaborations between China and Italy.



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Innovation Policy and Smart Cities

This is the presentation (in Italian) that Andrea Paraboschi (SSSA) and I shared with the Green City Energy conference in Pisa. We illustrated the main guidelines of Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza’s agenda.

We discussed about the need to be focused, to be inclusive and to challenge Italian’s creativity and talent.



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Alberto Chairing a Session at an EPO/OECD Conference

Munich, May 6th. Alberto was responsible for the session titled “How Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can fuel open science and open innovation”. When asked what was a very important and neglected aspect in technology transfer, Alberto said “people, people, people!” It is very important to consider the professionalism and experience of researchers and managers involved in the process.



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BlaBlaCar featured in Open for Innovation

BlaBlaCar is a very good example of a social platform turning into a great innovation, where users play a big role in shaping the success of the offering. Postoinauto.it, started by Olivier Bremer in 2009, happened to be at the right place at the right time, when the main investor in BlaBlaCar (Accel Partner) was hunting for companies to support the international expansion of the French company. Bremer was at the time managing the largest carsharing community in Italy at the time. “I got lucky” said to us Oliver, who is currently Country Manager for Italy… but luck is obviously only part of the story.


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Open for Innovation: featuring Fantini Mosaici

Open for Innovation, our biweekly column on Affari & Finanza “La Repubblica” is back, profiling interesting companies, and linking them with a management theory. Monday we discussed about Fantini Mosaici.




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Getting Ready for some California Time

Alberto and Simone have organized a study & business tour for a group of Italian entrepreneurs to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The group will stop by for lectures at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford. They will be hosted by the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco and they will have meetings at City Hall. Other stops feature the Culinary Institute of America, LinkedIn, Plug&Play, Skydeck, Google, Idean… etc etc
Alberto and Simone codeveloped this initiative with the young entrepreneurs of Confindustria Toscana, as a sort of continuation of the lecture series “Change Agents”, which was an interesting experiment. “The idea was to mix theory and practice, to provoke new thinking and allow these young entrepreneurs to become actors of innovation and new investment within their companies”, says Alberto. “I was very happy to read Giacomo Gellini’s interview on La Nazione, as he truly represented with his words the spirit of what I am trying to do with companies, in my executive education programs”.


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IP and Open Innovation

On March 25, Alberto and Dries will be the two keynotes at the Flanders Business School. They will present findings of their research in front…


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Mixing Theory & Practice

I am Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, and I have been affiliated with ETLAtieto in Helsinki, the European Patent Office, the Open Innovation Corporation.

I have collaborated with the main Italian industrial and entrepreneurial associations (Confindustria, CNA), the Technology Transfer offices of various Italian Universities, as well as with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kauffman Foundation, and with the U.S. Department of State, through the American Embassy in Italy.

I have run programs of executive education or other initiatives with companies such as: ABB, Ansaldo Energia, Bassilichi, ENI, Finmeccanica, Fondamenta SGR, Knauf, Intesa San Paolo Loccioni, Lucchini, Telecom Italia. From time to time I also write about innovation on La Repubblica Affari & Finanza.


Alberto Talks

Mixing Theory & Practice

I am Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, and I have been affiliated with ETLAtieto in Helsinki, the European Patent Office, the Open Innovation Corporation.

I have collaborated with the main Italian industrial and entrepreneurial associations (Confindustria, CNA), the Technology Transfer offices of various Italian Universities, as well as with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kauffman Foundation, and with the U.S. Department of State, through the American Embassy in Italy.

I have run programs of executive education or other initiatives with companies such as: ABB, Ansaldo Energia, Bassilichi, ENI, Finmeccanica, Fondamenta SGR, Knauf, Intesa San Paolo Loccioni, Lucchini, Telecom Italia. From time to time I also write about innovation on La Repubblica Affari & Finanza.


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Intel Business Challenge 2013: the heat is on!

The campaign to look for the Italian Dreamteam (i.e. the 10 entrepreneurial teams that will challenge their European colleagues during Round 2), has officially started. Teams will have the opportunity to submit their application online till February the 22nd.


Social Media Revolution

Alberto discusses about the social media revolution with the clients of TD Group

Can we say that social media were the drivers of a second ICT revolution? Apparently so. In this presentation I try to show that there are many lessons that we can draw from previous disruptive changes in the industry, but that companies need to be outliers and define new business models and new business processes to leverage the advantaged offered them by new social medias.



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RENA 7th National Assembly in Florence

Theory meets practice, and young talents from many walks of life meet for the 7th Assemblea Generale of RENA. Rena is a national network of professionals: public and private managers, consultants, journalists and (yes…) researchers. Affiliates share a common drive to make a difference acting as positive actors of change, leading by example, with honesty and transparency.



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Open for Innovation… in the Cloud

A management buyout, a profound knowledge of business process and the impact of ICT, an all-italian-team. These are the ingredients of this week’s episode of…


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Safe Nests, Inter-firm Relationships in Groningen

Alberto was in Groningen to celebrate Dries Faems’ professorship.
Dries gave his inaugural lecture in fronts of colleagues, friends and family, and Alberto was part of the warm up band, during an innovation workshop focussed on innovation, inter-firm and intra-firm relationships.




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Intel Business Challenge

  I was one of the judges for the European Finals of the Intel Business Challenge 2012. 24 teams were selected out of a pool…




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Alberto at the NetVal Summer School

On September the 12th, Alberto presented at the NetVal Summer School in Bertinoro. NetVal (LINK A NETVAL QUA) is the largest organization in Italy for…




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Getting ready for Boston

Just a week before leaving for Boston. Alberto will attend the 10th International Open and User Innovation Workshop and the Academy of Management (more details…






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Jan 30th Kick off day Toscana Open

In a world where sources of innovation are increasingly dispersed, companies need to renew their competitive advantage by getting access to competences and ideas that…



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Innovation à la Continuum

May 2012. Continuum Innovation featured this week in Open for Innovation (La Repubblica, Affari & Finanza). In this brief article we discuss about Continuum Innovation,…



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Trento makes hitech school

Real recipe to make result is to look far in the time. Richard Florida, American economist, says that the recipe of innovation is made of…


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Melinda: when union makes strenght

“Small is awful”. It’s what you can say in those economic areas where there is a strong need of certificated quality, advanced technology, well known…







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Udinese: when profit makes goals

Udinese is on the top of the Italian soccer championship, but it’s not only soccer we are talking about. According to Franco Soldati, it’s not…


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Edra, open innovation by design

Created in 1987, Edra has been, in the last few years, aknowledge to be one of the most innovative enterprises, nationally and internationally, thus entering…







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Digital Economy Forum

On May 12th, I have taken part to the Digital Economy Forum in Venice I moderated a panel on e-commerce, starting from questions I was…





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New Pirates in Silicon Valley!

I have visited Pier 38, one of the tech incubators in San Francisco, this is the piece that I wrote (ITA only..) for Innov’Azione on…






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Barbaric Ideas

Innovation Management met Good Literature On October 2nd I interviewed two of my favorite authors: Alessandro Baricco Edoardo Nesi Baricco and Nesi are the authors…



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Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November the 20th 2008, entrepreneurs managers, banks and universities discussed together with enthusiasm about the power of entrepreneurship to create value for our economy….