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Giacomo Balli

Innovation consultant specializing in mobile strategy

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I help traditional business owners improve productivity, enhance employee satisfaction and increase profits by optimizing their established processes. #DigitalTransformation #OpenInnovation

I help startup founders jumpstart their success. #Architecture #UA #ASO #Monetization #Performance #Feasbility

I help modern companies better understand competition and fast-track R&D. #Intelligence #ResearchAndDevelopement

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Mobile Consultant

The mobile app industry is growing at an unprecedented pace... Barely keeping up or are you leveraging all the opportunities it brings?

If you made it this far I know you have motivation, enthusiasm and drive. However, you will need a mobile consultant like me by your side to fully reap all the benefits of what technology has to offer.

Until not long ago, iPhone apps were like the very first websites: in a world where websites were few and far between, just having one was enough.  It wasn't particularly challenging to be a player in the mobile app development game without much competition. Now, as the market becomes more saturated, it is increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd.

My years of experience in the field, combined with my MBA and business savvy, make me a shrewd ally to anyone looking to make their mark in the mobile world.

I live in San Francisco, the epicenter of the startup boom.  While I've seen some amazing concepts come to life, I've chosen not to get involve in revenue sharing, equity or similarly structured projects. Instead, I lend my technical and business know-how to early stage startups and established brands as a mobile consultant.

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Do you already have a mobile app? Make sure you know how to properly generate more downloads.

13 most popular products of 2013

I'm not sure why but I'm always intrigued by the idea of what is the top selling item in a whole year. Obviously there are trends and fads, some products stick more or less but I managed to find a list of most popular products of 2013. The cool thing about this collection of the 13 most popular products of 2013 is that it's based on actual purchase numbers, not buzz, mentions or wish lists. 




 

#1 Google Chromecast


The Google Chromecast may not be the one streaming device to rule them all, but it's definitely the one product to rule our list, with more than 33,000 of you treating your HDMI ports to one.




 

#2 Mini LED Flashlight


The $3 little flashlight that could makes an excellent stocking stuffer, and apparently, an excellent impulse purchase. I think between everyone on the Commerce Team we own more than ten of these.




 

#3 Roku 2


Roku 3 was an instant home run when it was released in March of this year, easily surpassing every other streaming box on the market except (arguably) the Apple TV. The Roku 2, which debuted in September, threw away extraneous Roku 3 features like motion control, and brought the MSRP down to $69, and $50 on Black Friday.




 

#4 Playstation 4


Xbox One, Playstation Plus, headphone out on the controller, and numerous other great features pushed Sony's newest console into fourth place. Would it have been number two with unlimited supply? Very possibly.




 

#5 Playstation Plus


The best value in video games, ever. Playstation Plus gives you 64 games a year for $50, and on Black Friday, that price fell to $30. It's honestly such a good deal that it needs to be weighed heavily when choosing which consoles to buy.




 

#6 A Song of Ice and Fire 5-Book Kindle Set


No surprise to see this so high in our charts given the popularity of the series, and the fact that the 5-book set was on sale for a meager $10 for what seemed like weeks. That's a lot of reading for $10.




 

#7 Anker Astro 3E 10000mAh Battery Pack


Anker makes an awesome line of products, and we know you agree because you chose the Astro 3E as the best battery pack on Lifehacker.




 

#8 Nest Learning Thermostat


The coolest (pun intended) new gadget of the year pays for itself over time by looking cool saving you money on your electric bill. I just installed mine without issue, and here's hoping the Nest sparks the gadget renaissance we've been waiting for, because smart watches certainly haven't. You can bet I'll be pouncing on the first Nest Protect deal we find.




 

#9 Eneloop XX 2500mAh AA Rechargeables 8 Pack


Eneloops are one of the easiest recommendation we ever make, and you agree. Stop wasting money on disposables.




 

#10 Grand Theft Auto V


No surprise that the best-selling game of the year made our top 13, especially when it fell to $34 so quickly.




 

#11 Nexus 7


The best Android tablet by a... there's not even another option to give a second thought to. Available for as little as $170 during the Black Friday window, the Nexus 7 is less than half the price of the iPad Mini Retina.




 

#12 Spigen Slim Armor iPhone 5 Case


When Gizmodo recommends an iPhone case, you guys take it seriously.




 

#13 SNES Retro USB Controller


Ain't no nostalgia like Super Nintendo nostalgia.

Published: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:10:58 +0000

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Currently working as an innovation consultant based in San Francisco. After studying in Madrid and New York, earning an MBA, he broke into the emerging mobile developing market when Apple first released the iPhone. Among one of the first successful Italian developers, Giacomo relocated to San Francisco to broaden his reach within the burgeoning tech sector. While working as part of a travel-tech startup launched in 2013, Giacomo has continued as a consultant to both independent and incubator-based startups. Confident and innovative, loves fast-paced environments collaborating with a team of professionals and experts to ship delightful, efficient products.
Giacomo's passion for progress often finds him speaking at conferences (both in the US & Europe) and teaching college courses.

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13 most popular products of 2013

13 most popular products of 2013

I'm not sure why but I'm always intrigued by the idea of what is the top selling item in a whole year. Obviously there are trends and fads, some products stick more or less but I managed to find a list of most popular products of 2013. The cool thing about this collection of the 13 most popular products of 2013 is that it's based on actual purchase numbers, not buzz, mentions or wish lists. 




 

#1 Google Chromecast


The Google Chromecast may not be the one streaming device to rule them all, but it's definitely the one product to rule our list, with more than 33,000 of you treating your HDMI ports to one.




 

#2 Mini LED Flashlight


The $3 little flashlight that could makes an excellent stocking stuffer, and apparently, an excellent impulse purchase. I think between everyone on the Commerce Team we own more than ten of these.




 

#3 Roku 2


Roku 3 was an instant home run when it was released in March of this year, easily surpassing every other streaming box on the market except (arguably) the Apple TV. The Roku 2, which debuted in September, threw away extraneous Roku 3 features like motion control, and brought the MSRP down to $69, and $50 on Black Friday.




 

#4 Playstation 4


Xbox One, Playstation Plus, headphone out on the controller, and numerous other great features pushed Sony's newest console into fourth place. Would it have been number two with unlimited supply? Very possibly.




 

#5 Playstation Plus


The best value in video games, ever. Playstation Plus gives you 64 games a year for $50, and on Black Friday, that price fell to $30. It's honestly such a good deal that it needs to be weighed heavily when choosing which consoles to buy.




 

#6 A Song of Ice and Fire 5-Book Kindle Set


No surprise to see this so high in our charts given the popularity of the series, and the fact that the 5-book set was on sale for a meager $10 for what seemed like weeks. That's a lot of reading for $10.




 

#7 Anker Astro 3E 10000mAh Battery Pack


Anker makes an awesome line of products, and we know you agree because you chose the Astro 3E as the best battery pack on Lifehacker.




 

#8 Nest Learning Thermostat


The coolest (pun intended) new gadget of the year pays for itself over time by looking cool saving you money on your electric bill. I just installed mine without issue, and here's hoping the Nest sparks the gadget renaissance we've been waiting for, because smart watches certainly haven't. You can bet I'll be pouncing on the first Nest Protect deal we find.




 

#9 Eneloop XX 2500mAh AA Rechargeables 8 Pack


Eneloops are one of the easiest recommendation we ever make, and you agree. Stop wasting money on disposables.




 

#10 Grand Theft Auto V


No surprise that the best-selling game of the year made our top 13, especially when it fell to $34 so quickly.




 

#11 Nexus 7


The best Android tablet by a... there's not even another option to give a second thought to. Available for as little as $170 during the Black Friday window, the Nexus 7 is less than half the price of the iPad Mini Retina.




 

#12 Spigen Slim Armor iPhone 5 Case


When Gizmodo recommends an iPhone case, you guys take it seriously.




 

#13 SNES Retro USB Controller


Ain't no nostalgia like Super Nintendo nostalgia.

Published: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:10:58 +0000