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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.

Know what you do - and be able to share it

Shortly after moving to SF I registered for the Tennis Leagues at TennisSF.com (if you play you can find me in Division A).

Today I had a match with someone from my division. Between some of the games I like to get to know the person so the inevitable "What do you do?" came up. The answer I got was "Media. Some music... mobile." What the hell does that mean?

If you are serious about what you do, not only you should know how to easily explain it but basically have an answer ready. If you don't care about it, just do it out of respect for the receiver.

When I get these replies I immediately think the person either has no clue of what he's doing (ie low level employee who doesn't care or just has a lot of cash and isn't actually putting effort) or he doesn't "care" to chat with me. Either way, it's annoying.

I understand for some people it's harder to explain something (especially here in startup land) but it's part of your homework. You never know who you might meet and this is simply part of your homework.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau[/caption]

If you find yourself stuck, this is another great use of the one page business plan from The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Definitely a great book. I'm sure you heard about and if you haven't read it you really should regardless of what you do. It has some great insights on life and attitudes in general.

I heard a lot about it but never got around to buying it. Finally, after the first week of being here in San Francisco, the people from Evernote gave it to me. Much appreciated!

You can get the one page business plan here. The point is to come up with a business plan but mainly to organise your thoughts and gain insight regarding what you're doing. Being forced to answer in 1-2 lines is a great method.


Do it and then refine it x 5.

#business plan, #startup
Published: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:13:42 +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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Know what you do - and be able to share it

Know what you do - and be able to share it

Shortly after moving to SF I registered for the Tennis Leagues at TennisSF.com (if you play you can find me in Division A).

Today I had a match with someone from my division. Between some of the games I like to get to know the person so the inevitable "What do you do?" came up. The answer I got was "Media. Some music... mobile." What the hell does that mean?

If you are serious about what you do, not only you should know how to easily explain it but basically have an answer ready. If you don't care about it, just do it out of respect for the receiver.

When I get these replies I immediately think the person either has no clue of what he's doing (ie low level employee who doesn't care or just has a lot of cash and isn't actually putting effort) or he doesn't "care" to chat with me. Either way, it's annoying.

I understand for some people it's harder to explain something (especially here in startup land) but it's part of your homework. You never know who you might meet and this is simply part of your homework.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau[/caption]

If you find yourself stuck, this is another great use of the one page business plan from The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Definitely a great book. I'm sure you heard about and if you haven't read it you really should regardless of what you do. It has some great insights on life and attitudes in general.

I heard a lot about it but never got around to buying it. Finally, after the first week of being here in San Francisco, the people from Evernote gave it to me. Much appreciated!

You can get the one page business plan here. The point is to come up with a business plan but mainly to organise your thoughts and gain insight regarding what you're doing. Being forced to answer in 1-2 lines is a great method.


Do it and then refine it x 5.

#business plan, #startup
Published: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:13:42 +0000