Tributo a Sestri Levante

Chi non e’ nato qui non può capire.
19500 anime, tempo immobile, colori stupendi, semplicità disarmante, calore di sole e di gente, pezzi di storia che si rincorrono continuamente, una sensazione di appartenenza che non si spiega.
Guardando mio figlio che scruta i galleggianti sul porto, in un assolato pomeriggio di febbraio, tra un pezzo di focaccia, un gelato ed una carezza a Leo (il cane-figlio di mia zia, nata imperturbabile ed eroica fortezza di semplicità).



The two winners of the start up challenge in NYC

I thought it was important to say a couple of words about the NYC innotribe start-up challenge winners, and the press release is the easiest way to do this…
Working as I blog on the next Singapore challenge, and leaving in a couple of weeks to attend DEMO in Singapore.


February 9, 2012 – NEW YORK – SWIFT, the financial messaging provider for more than 10,000 financial institutions and corporations in 210 countries, announced that P2P Cash Technology and Gust have been awarded “Top Startup” and “Top Innovator”, respectively, from the inaugural Innotribe Startup Challenge Regional Showcase held on February 8, 2012 in New York City.

P2P Cash Technology won the title of “Top Startup” with innovation in financial transactions. P2P Cash Technology has developed a highly scalable mobile financial services solution that brings secure, low-cost banking functions to the unbanked consumer via the mobile phone and proprietary cash management system.

Gust won the title of “Top Innovator” with innovation in the sourcing and managing seed and early-stage equity investments. Its infrastructure enables qualified entrepreneurs to arrange equity financing from accredited investors.

As “Top Startup” and “Top Innovator” for the Americas Showcase, P2P Cash Technology and Gust will now advance to the Innotribe Startup Challenge finals to be held at Sibos – SWIFT’s annual conference – in Osaka in October of 2012.

Kosta Peric, Head of Innovation, SWIFT said: “The New York Innotribe Startup Challenge was an unparalleled opportunity to see the future in financial services. The financial institutions, investors and press who were present got a rich portfolio of proposals, going from social lending to P2P payments to secure authentication technologies. We look forward to welcoming the Americas Showcase winners at the Innotribe Startup Challenge finals at Sibos.”

Peric added: “I was impressed by the turnout of financial industry and venture capitalist representatives at the event. We had a full house and this demonstrates the value that Innotribe and our startup challenges bring to the table.”

The New York Startup Challenge was the first of three regional challenges to be held in 2012 and was sponsored by Sberbank, Invest Northern Ireland, Cisco and Guidewire Group.
Up next is the Startup Challenge Showcase in Singapore in April 2012, followed by Belfast in June 2012. More information about the Startup Challenge, including the New York semi-finalists, is available at

Singapore, here comes the Innotribe start-up challenge


Thanks to the National University of Singapore, we have out location for the next Innotribe start-up challenge.
Date: April 24th, in Singapore.

The venue is ultra-cool, and we are actually looking for a social event to make sure VCs, bankers and challengers start-ups can network as much as they did in NYC last week.

Start-ups, you can apply now on and take the opportunity to win a ticket to Sibos in Osaka !

More to come, stay tuned. Tweet away pls!


Take a look at the space!



Un rincon del mundo cargado de historia


Calle Argumosa 13, veinte años después … El piso donde empezó mi Erasmus, amueblado con cosas de la calle, y el principio de una aventura que – sin ninguna duda- abrió mis ojos al mundo.

Gracias Lavapies por haberme acogido con tanto cariño y tanta energía, y por haber sido el sitio de muchas de las respuestas que, entonces, iba buscando.