Nice Glider! – Harper Reed’s business card riddle solved

I met Harper Reed last fall in Dublin during the Web Summit and f.ounders. When he handed over his business card I noticed a cool logo featured on it and I made a simple remark: “Nice glider!”. This video is exactly what happened next.

I had have never been so proud of being an hard core nerd. Enjoy!

Picture by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media

kompany Startup Hangout – join the conversation

A few months ago I took a new challenge and with a group of trusted friends I decided to start a new company called kompany.

We incorporated the company on February the 29th 2012 (how many companies you know were incorporated on a leap day?) and in a few months we went through two rounds of funding. The first round was provided by the founding team and the second round came from a private angel investor.

I’m experiencing something that never happened to me before and some days are so busy that I totally loose the sense of time. The speed of our company is sometimes unbelievable.

In the last few years I had the opportunity to work with startups, large companies, consulting many kind of different businesses, but this time, for the first time, I’m contributing to build something from scratch that is direct expression of my experience and contribution.

Our product will be out soon and if in the first months of kompany’s life I was following the product development, I’m now slowly moving into my bread and butter: corporate communication, marketing intelligence and digital strategy.

Opening up our company

Last week I was designing our online presence and I’m slowly building up our communication strategy. I wanted to find a way to put together our willing to unleash the stories within our companies and the curiosity coming from outside: a lot of people were asking me, in the last few months, what was I exactly doing.

For this reason I proposed to my Co-CEOs to introduce Google+ Hangouts in our kompany life. We started yesterday with a public hangout inviting a few friends and sharing with them a hour of our time. It was so great!

We had the opportunity to touch base with a few interested and interesting people, aswering questions and having some good laugh. Everything was relaxed and natural. I have to say that I was extremely impressed by the quality of the G+ Hangout platform. Fabrizio, one of the attendant, was commuting during the hangout and we had him constantly connected with us from his iPhone, with no interruptions from underground in Rome at first, then from the streets of the Italian capital.

The feedback we got was amazing. Positive comments and super interesting questions from our guests. Thumbs up!

Let’s hangout then!

After this positive experience we decided to take this opportunity to the next level. We are going to have regular hangouts every second week. We are going to get familiar with this tool and we are going to use it for a good purpose: open up our experience and give some insights on how we conduct our business. Our methodologies, our management techniques, our hiring policies, all the things that can help our clients to understand us better, our sharehoder to have a clearer picture of the team, other startups to have a place to discuss about core topics.

The party is on!

You can read all the blogposts you want about the best 5 tips on how to open a startup and deliver a MVP, but most of the time those resources can’t answer specific questions.

We’ll do our best to share our experience, come by and take a seat, have a look and if you like, join the conversation. The next hangout is scheduled on July the 30th 2012 at 6.00pm.

Here the link to join us

Stay tuned, more news to come!

Singapore Street Photography – Day 6: Marina Bay

Marina Bay Sands

The skydeck on top of the Marina Bay Sands is amazing, with its 150m long swimming pool and the observatory deck, is one of the most impressive building I’ve ever been on top. I’m generally scared of heights but this time the curiosity to be on top of the most expensive hotel property in the modern history overruled my fears and the experience was awesome.

from the skydeck

marina bay

open water

Infinity Pool

Infinity Hat

I’ve never seen anything like the Infinity Pool before. 150m of curved edge, falling on top of Singapore Skyline. People are swimming at 191m above the street level in the longest elevated pool in the world. The pool is strictly reserved to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel guests so if you want to live this mind blowing experience, you have to reserve a room.

Luca Sartoni
Self Portrait at Infinity Pool

I had two dreams when I landed in Singapore: shooting street portraits in one of the most amazing cities in the world and swimming in the Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands Skypark. I’m very pleased to announce that I made both dreams come true therefore I can board my flight back to Vienna tonight without any major regret about my staying here.

(*) A very special thank you goes to the Marina Bay Sands social media and communication team that invited me to visit the skydeck. I found a very well prepared team with great skills and experience. Check out their blog, twitter account and youtube channel. It was awesome to get such a nice tour of the skypark, the opportunity to ask questions and discover more about this impressive property.

Check out the complete gallery on Flickr and the premium selection on 500px!

Next week in Rome

Photowalk Rome

Next week I will be in Rome and I will attend a couple of interesting events:

I diritti dell’utente digitale – Rome 7th of June 2011

The Ugo Bordone Foundation is organizing an event about “Rights of the digital users”. My friend Guido Scorza will open the seminar with a keynote speech and it will be my pleasure to be there.

The seminar is free to attend but the registration is mandatory.

Forum della Comunicazione – Rome 7th and 8th of june 2011

Forum della Comunicazione is a yearly event where professionals, managers, opinion leaders discuss about the many aspects of communication.

In the afternoon I will present the Ignite Talk “Symbolic Violence and Social Media“.

See you there!

I will be in Rome from the 4th to the 8th of June. If you are around and you want to hang out for a beer, just let me know!

Jeff Jarvis, Alexia Tsotsis, Hanni Ross: portraits from SXSW

My SXSW 2011 is just finished and I want to wrap it up with three great portraits I took during my week in Austin TX: Jeff Jarvis, Alexia Tsotsis and Hanni Ross.

Jeff Jarvis

Jeff Jarvis

Jeff’s speech at SXSW was definitely the most interesting one of the many I attended. His vision about privacy and publicness is enlightening and he’s so good at public speaking. It was also a pleasure to get a personal inscription on his book.

Links: Buzz MachineTwitter

Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis

This picture was taken at the end of the Google and Bing Q&A session. This girl was typing on her laptop and I couldn’t resist to take a picture. Only after a brief chat I figured out that she was Alexia. That Alexia!

Alexia is writer at Techcrunch and during the last few days she has demonstrated to have character. Yeah!

Links: Alexia’s blogTwitterTechcrunch

Hanni Ross

Hanni Ross

Hanni is Happiness Engineer at WordPress and she has style. Definitely style! I took this portrait of Hanni while chilling out at WordPress’ booth.

Links: Hanni’s blogtwitter

More portraits

You can find more portraits from SXSW 2011 on my portrait gallery on Flickr. Check it out!

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The Year in quotes: great hints from Conversation Agent

This slide show is simple, clean and straight to the point: “the biggest opportunity for social is to convert a buyer (one time) into a customer (repeat business), and move an employee/recruit from resource to a collaborator and co-creator of meaning and purpose with customers.”.

You can find the entire blogpost on Conversation Agent, the super amazing blog by Valeria Maltoni.

I’m very proud to be part of the presentation with the cover picture that i took in Montmartre few weeks ago.