Monday, March 28, 2011

Why not invest in DotCloud

DotCloud is a simple platform for developers which allows, in a extremely simple way, to create scalable infrastructures by using the most common services (Ruby, Python, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL and so on and so forth). The magic of its solution is the auto-scalability of the platform, where the developer releases the code for his app and dotcloud scales automatically: both on frontend with the load balancer and application server as well as on the backend by partitioning the data vertically or horizontally.  And is this flexibility given to developers allowing them to "mix and match" components and use of multiple languages and tools instead of focusing on one language and development stack, that differentiate from its competitor Heroku, which has been acquired by Salesforce for $212 million, and which represents the first generation of platform-as-a-service.

On DotCloud: Less than a month after its first seed round, an 800K angel funding injection from notable investors such as Ron Conway and Chris Sacca, the company announced, a week ago, its $10 million dollar Series A financing round from Benchmark Capital and Trinity Ventures. The company is located in San Francisco, California, United States.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Winds of change: building the Italy of the future based on innovation

All over its history Italy has been a land of ideas, innovations and inventors, who have made a precious contribution to the whole mankind. One of these innovators who changed Italy, and let me say it, perhaps has changed also the whole world, is surely Leonardo da Vinci, according to which:

"All Our Knowledge Has Its Origin in Our Perceptions".

And my perception is that a new wave of knowledge is starting to spread, once again, all over Italy as it was during the Italian Renaissance. While The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life, here the Renaissance I am talking about refers to a change which is finally taking place in Italy, but which this time is made by young entrepreneurs and innovative ideas.
Signs of this change which is taking place in Italy are