Giacomo Balli

Polymath. Innovation consultant and advisor based in San Francisco.

Summary

Entrepreneurial product manager / owner with a background in technology and business. Obsessed with creating great products that, through technology, make a significant impact in the world.
⚬ 8+ years product management experience with consumer-facing online platforms and mobile applications.
⚬ Comfortable with cross-functional interactions (technical and non-technical)
⚬ Experience exploring innovations and assessing feasibility, requirements and workload
Strategic mindset enabling prioritization of competing opportunities and requests, articulating decisions and tradeoffs, and leveraging other product synergies
⚬ Innate curiosity driving strong troubleshooting, debugging and problem-solving abilities.

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.

Stack

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, BASH, Apache, Nginx, SQL, ObjectiveC, PhoneGap/Cordova

Experience

Cruiseable

CTO
⚬ Designed and planned development roadmap aligning business goals and user satisfaction.
⚬ Managed remote engineering team of backend and frontend developers.
⚬ Planned and carried out development, release and maintenance of mobile application.
⚬ Tracked and analyzed user and platform analytics to inform future iterations.
⚬ Worked with designers to design product experiences that users love.
⚬ Worked with developers to create product experiences that are powerful yet intuitive.
⚬ Conducted A/B testing and analytical experiments for new ideas and fine-tuning core features.
⚬ Implemented vertical specific growth hacking tactics and adapted ones from other industries.

BigBalli Consulting

Mobile Consultant & Entrepreneur
⚬ Collaborated with large publishing and advertising agencies to build a variety of custom applications.(Magic, Iceberg, Skoda, Il Giornale, Obesity, Rocky, Rock Climbing and more)
⚬ Worked under commission to conceptualize and construct mobile applications for a diverse range of businesses (Ilaria, Infinitus, Twinkle, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, IronCaddie, Garrafon, Findy, HeyMessenger and more)
⚬ Strategically advised established companies to drive their digital transformation and innovation.
⚬ Independently developed and marketed a number of practical mobile applications, each conceived of and designed with a mind to improving users’ daily lives (Groupon, Pitti, Crawford, MyBookList, FindTower, StreetCleaning, MyLyrics, PV Master and more)

Ohlone College

Adjunct Professor
Developed curriculum and instructed students in the process of imagining, researching, structuring, designing, and developing their own mobile application prototypes.

VentureOut

CTO
Social network for people with similar activity interests, such as running, rock climbing, cycling and more. Solving the loneliness problem

Platinum Adventure

Project Manager

Michael Teperson

Advisor to the Managing Director

Maureen Skelly Bonini

Jr Market Rep [Internship]
Follow production and mediate client/supplier relations.

Italian Chamber of Commerce Madrid

Director Company Assistance Department
The bridge between Italy and Spain, concerning any aspect a company needs.

BTC Florence

Junior Sales Director
Organized International Tourism Fair in Florence
⚬ Planned exhibitor stand allocation based on requirements and availability
⚬ Sales, up-selling and client support
⚬ Interfaced with workers to oversee progress
⚬ On-site support and problem-solving

Education

ESERP Business School

Masters in Business Administration (2006 - 2007)

Polimoda

Masters in Luxury Management (2008 - 2008)

New York University

Professional Certificate in Meeting, Conference and Event Management (2007 - 2007)
Budgeting, Site Inspection, Design, Special Events, AudioVisuals, Catering, Sponsorship, Negotiation

European School of Economics

BA International Business, Business, Management, Languages (2002 - 2006)

Suffolk University

Computer Science (2004 - 2004)

Languages


Italian (bilingual), English (bilingual), Spanish (fluent), French (colloquial), German (basic)

Publications

The Business of iOS App Development

Apress, 2014

Beginning PhoneGap: Mobile Web Framework for JavaScript and HTML5

Apress, 2012