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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.

What is luxury? (Apr 2008)

Luxury can be defined in many ways, usually depending on which aspect we want to put more emphasis. The most common and straight forward definition is “a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity”

. This is fairly generic and therefore gives us a good glance at what we talking about: luxury is something relatively unnecessary that we all want in order to make our lives more enjoyable.

Luxury represents excellence: “normal tasks” executed in a more than satisfactory manner (over performance), belonging (being part of an elite group of people) and satisfaction (the simple brand name conveys pleasure). It is a mix of three different factors: price (high price), availability (hard to find) and quality (high quality materials/manufacturing). These in turn are reflected in intrinsic and perceived value.

The term luxury itself is somewhat concise to what it implies however, it is amazing to notice to what it may be applied: everything. In today's world we can find a luxurious factor in any single element of our lives. Polimoda highlights 9 main sectors: yachts, wines, hotels/restaurants, fashion, automobiles/motorcycles, furniture/home textiles, perfumes/cosmetics, table hollowware/flatware, design objects and jewelry/watches

. These are, from my point of view, the most common “fields” luxury could be applied to however, since it can “touch” anything, I would also add services (concierge companies), real estate (houses, villas, apartments, penthouses, chalets), locations (an island, beach etc), aircrafts and art amongst others.

In conclusion, luxury is becoming more and more a “driver” of the current markets and trends. New luxury is booming and everyone wants to be part of it. Luxury will continue changing and evolving but never die.

Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:02:22 +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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What is luxury? (Apr 2008)

What is luxury? (Apr 2008)

Luxury can be defined in many ways, usually depending on which aspect we want to put more emphasis. The most common and straight forward definition is “a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity”

. This is fairly generic and therefore gives us a good glance at what we talking about: luxury is something relatively unnecessary that we all want in order to make our lives more enjoyable.

Luxury represents excellence: “normal tasks” executed in a more than satisfactory manner (over performance), belonging (being part of an elite group of people) and satisfaction (the simple brand name conveys pleasure). It is a mix of three different factors: price (high price), availability (hard to find) and quality (high quality materials/manufacturing). These in turn are reflected in intrinsic and perceived value.

The term luxury itself is somewhat concise to what it implies however, it is amazing to notice to what it may be applied: everything. In today's world we can find a luxurious factor in any single element of our lives. Polimoda highlights 9 main sectors: yachts, wines, hotels/restaurants, fashion, automobiles/motorcycles, furniture/home textiles, perfumes/cosmetics, table hollowware/flatware, design objects and jewelry/watches

. These are, from my point of view, the most common “fields” luxury could be applied to however, since it can “touch” anything, I would also add services (concierge companies), real estate (houses, villas, apartments, penthouses, chalets), locations (an island, beach etc), aircrafts and art amongst others.

In conclusion, luxury is becoming more and more a “driver” of the current markets and trends. New luxury is booming and everyone wants to be part of it. Luxury will continue changing and evolving but never die.

Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:02:22 +0000