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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.

Results for steal your idea

This is why I won't steal your idea
How to Make a Successful Pitch of your Startup
Your Own App is the Ultimate Brand Builder
7 Tips to maximize your app's revenue with ads $$$
Top 5 ways to generate download leading traffic to your apps.
My first 3 years in the iPhone App Business - Getting ideas
Why I Won't Sign Your NDA
5 Apps for iOS Your Kids Will Love
Mobile Marketing: 50 Ways to Promote Your iPhone App
The right time to launch your product
Tell Everyone Your Startup Idea
How To Validate Your App Ideas
The Key Elements For Your App Website Landing Page
Take It From A Successful Entrepreneur: No One Will Steal Your Big Idea
9 elements to convince your VC investor to give you money
6 Free Apps That Can Make Planning Your Next Vacation Easy
How to convey your mobile app idea to a developer
How to test your iOS mobile app
App Store Optimization (ASO) - How to enhance your AppStore presence
How VCs decide to invest in your startup
Gmail extractor - Extract all email addresses from your inbox
Want to validate your startup idea for FREE?
12 key questions your startup pitch needs to answer
Tips to acquire more loyal organic users for your mobile app
iPhone App Ideas
How to identify your target market
Apple App Store Expedited Review
Big Day for MyLyrics
Facebook Gifts: seems like it'll be a flop
Legal issues with APIs and their use
Smart App Banners by Apple - How to Implement
8 Qualities of top modern CEO / Entrepreneur / Founder
A beautiful iPhone app icon thanks to 99Designs
How test and pick the best iPhone app icon (automation)
QR Codes are picking up steam and become a real tool
Business and Congressual Tourism in the Area of Florence (Dec 2003)
Business Organization & Leadership: A look at Renault and Korea (Apr 2004)
Cross Cultural Management (May 2005)
Other Diseases of Affluence: Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, and Alcoholism (Dec 2005)
Samsung Mobile Phones' International Marketing Strategy (Dec 2005)
New Product Development (Feb 2003)
The traits that make a “normal” person a leader and how to acquire them (Jun 2004)
International Advertising as a tool of Marketing Campaign (Feb 2005)
Project Management Basics (Feb 2006)
International Marketing Case Study: Red Bull in Japan (Feb 2006)
Basic Concepts of Strategic Management (Feb 2006)
The Importance of Monitoring and Evaluation in Projects Funded by Citizens (Dec 2005)
Miranda Doctrine (Sep 2004)
AppStore Optimization (ASO) - The Complete Guide to Enhancing Downloads & Sales (SEO for Apps)
The Hype of Silicon Valley
New iOS 6 Fonts for iPhone & iPad
Coin Toss Extreme - The First Coin Flip Game for iPhone
iTunes Store API (finally?)
Introduction to GitHub
New iOS Paid Applications Contract Amendment - Changes by Apple
Approaching the iPhone App Business: "Se lo fai, fallo per bene!"
What can be edited once an iOS app is live (without update)?
Mobile Payments in Apps - What are the options?
New App Store marketing badges available
iTunes Connect: New delivery tool for In-App Purchase and Game Center metadata
Know what you do - and be able to share it
AppStore changes with iOS6 - What you need to fix.
5 Little-Known iPhone and iPad Apps for Startups
5 Ways to Set a New Company Up for Success
31 Major Causes of Failure
Donations in iPhone apps - one of the few things to be done outside the app
21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic by the amazing Rand Fishkin
Apple Volume Purchase Program and B2B Apps on AppStore explained
Apple Routing app coverage file for iOS explained
Apple Custom B2B Apps on the AppStore explained
Apple enterprise developer program explained
4 iPhone Apps for Increasing Customer Loyalty
4 Simple iPhone Apps for Creating and Editing Documents
Explore great iOS Dropbox apps
How fast do users update iOS apps? Some numbers shared.
How to Code HTML Email Newsletters
Evernote: New Legal Page and Changes to Contracts Coming Soon
Which Apps Got Screwed By iOS 6?
10 Excellent iPad Apps You Should Download Right Now
An iPad Lover's Take On The Surface With Windows RT
How much does an app cost?
Types of mobile apps that can be developed
Apps we're thankful for but rarely mention (delayed)
70 best free apps of 2012
Facebook Data Use Policy changes
Common Angel Investment Terms
Count Down to Christmas With These 5 Free Apps
15 Super Useful Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs
Giving indie iOS game developers exposure
Best productivity apps of 2012
How much does it cost to develop an app?
Tim Ferriss on recommended reading books
App Guidelines
Investing in Apps
5 Tips on how to pitch to media... by the media
10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors
The Best Navigation App for iOS: Magellan RoadMate (Gizmodo)
How to get featured on the Apple AppStore
7 Ways Mobile Apps Are Driving Revenue for Businesses
Everything you need to know about Facebook Graph Search
How to use vanity App Store short link URL
Startups – How NOT to pitch a big brand
What to look for in an iOS developer (with checklist and answers)
When should an enterprise application become a mobile app?
How to get paid at a startup company - A guide to salary, equity, shares, vesting, bonuses, payout etc
Getting traction for startups
The value of conferences
Apple MapKit vs. Google Maps SDK
How to make money with mobile apps
Apple WWDC 2013 dates announced and tickets
96 Online resources for app development, design, testing & monetizing
How to understand mobile statistics and metrics
More reasons why you should have a mobile app
Original pitch decks of big companies
Mobile app control panel for optimization, affiliates and analytics
10 Mobile App Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Mobile application strategy for big brands
30 fast tips for marketers to improve conversion
iOS7 new API features I'm excited about
Top 8 App Store Optimization questions answered
ASO & marketing roadmap for mobile applications
Mobile application download tracking solutions
How to leverage in app purchases in mobile apps
Apple App Store changed the business world forever
App Store Optimization Keywords (ASO)
4 Hour Body Shopping List - Tim Ferriss
App Store new kids category in iOS7
Andrew Chen reading list
How to hire a freelancer
The best way to boost mobile phone signal
Mobile application key performance indicators (KPI)
App Store Optimization Service
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c vs iPhone 5
iTunes Affiliate
iTunes Affiliate Link Example
PHG affiliate link
Tradedoubler iTunes affiliate link
iTunes affiliate tools
Mobile consulting services
Siri commands, tips and tricks
Create a mailing list
Apps using iPhone 5s M7 motion coprocessor
Amazon Half Off
13 trends that will drive the future of America
App Store Optimization keyword volume estimator
Top 9 brands advertising on Facebook
How to invest in bitcoin
13 most popular products of 2013
100 best FREE movies on Amazon Prime
The 7 pillars of user experience design
Mobile app marketing calendar
What is a target market
iAd attribution for app installs
Xamarin vs Titanium vs Phonegap vs Native application development
Phonegap app store approval
How to get an app made
HTML5 geolocation zip code
iTunes Connect app transfer to another account
Recreating Facebook UI with HTML and CSS (live coding screencast tutorial)
PhoneGap FAQ - Hybrid mobile app development
Mobile App Podcasts
Android's market share has dropped
Mobile is different
What is Big Data and why you can't control it
Mobile app launch guide
Mobile app monetization mindset
HTML, CSS & JavaScript code snippets
Instant Audio (Tap Feedback)
Check Storage Used
Get API or File Size
CSS Range Double Slider
Sort an Array based on a JSON Object Property
Swap images for higher resolution
Add Adaptive color background
Reasons why GPS failed
Get all pages of paginated API Response
Email validation
Dynamic search suggest
Top 30 books recommended on Hacker News

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This a collection of some of the numerous ideas/projects that have been conceived and developed usually on a weekend morning.

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About

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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Results for steal your idea

Results for steal your idea

This is why I won't steal your idea
How to Make a Successful Pitch of your Startup
Your Own App is the Ultimate Brand Builder
7 Tips to maximize your app's revenue with ads $$$
Top 5 ways to generate download leading traffic to your apps.
My first 3 years in the iPhone App Business - Getting ideas
Why I Won't Sign Your NDA
5 Apps for iOS Your Kids Will Love
Mobile Marketing: 50 Ways to Promote Your iPhone App
The right time to launch your product
Tell Everyone Your Startup Idea
How To Validate Your App Ideas
The Key Elements For Your App Website Landing Page
Take It From A Successful Entrepreneur: No One Will Steal Your Big Idea
9 elements to convince your VC investor to give you money
6 Free Apps That Can Make Planning Your Next Vacation Easy
How to convey your mobile app idea to a developer
How to test your iOS mobile app
App Store Optimization (ASO) - How to enhance your AppStore presence
How VCs decide to invest in your startup
Gmail extractor - Extract all email addresses from your inbox
Want to validate your startup idea for FREE?
12 key questions your startup pitch needs to answer
Tips to acquire more loyal organic users for your mobile app
iPhone App Ideas
How to identify your target market
Apple App Store Expedited Review
Big Day for MyLyrics
Facebook Gifts: seems like it'll be a flop
Legal issues with APIs and their use
Smart App Banners by Apple - How to Implement
8 Qualities of top modern CEO / Entrepreneur / Founder
A beautiful iPhone app icon thanks to 99Designs
How test and pick the best iPhone app icon (automation)
QR Codes are picking up steam and become a real tool
Business and Congressual Tourism in the Area of Florence (Dec 2003)
Business Organization & Leadership: A look at Renault and Korea (Apr 2004)
Cross Cultural Management (May 2005)
Other Diseases of Affluence: Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, and Alcoholism (Dec 2005)
Samsung Mobile Phones' International Marketing Strategy (Dec 2005)
New Product Development (Feb 2003)
The traits that make a “normal” person a leader and how to acquire them (Jun 2004)
International Advertising as a tool of Marketing Campaign (Feb 2005)
Project Management Basics (Feb 2006)
International Marketing Case Study: Red Bull in Japan (Feb 2006)
Basic Concepts of Strategic Management (Feb 2006)
The Importance of Monitoring and Evaluation in Projects Funded by Citizens (Dec 2005)
Miranda Doctrine (Sep 2004)
AppStore Optimization (ASO) - The Complete Guide to Enhancing Downloads & Sales (SEO for Apps)
The Hype of Silicon Valley
New iOS 6 Fonts for iPhone & iPad
Coin Toss Extreme - The First Coin Flip Game for iPhone
iTunes Store API (finally?)
Introduction to GitHub
New iOS Paid Applications Contract Amendment - Changes by Apple
Approaching the iPhone App Business: "Se lo fai, fallo per bene!"
What can be edited once an iOS app is live (without update)?
Mobile Payments in Apps - What are the options?
New App Store marketing badges available
iTunes Connect: New delivery tool for In-App Purchase and Game Center metadata
Know what you do - and be able to share it
AppStore changes with iOS6 - What you need to fix.
5 Little-Known iPhone and iPad Apps for Startups
5 Ways to Set a New Company Up for Success
31 Major Causes of Failure
Donations in iPhone apps - one of the few things to be done outside the app
21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic by the amazing Rand Fishkin
Apple Volume Purchase Program and B2B Apps on AppStore explained
Apple Routing app coverage file for iOS explained
Apple Custom B2B Apps on the AppStore explained
Apple enterprise developer program explained
4 iPhone Apps for Increasing Customer Loyalty
4 Simple iPhone Apps for Creating and Editing Documents
Explore great iOS Dropbox apps
How fast do users update iOS apps? Some numbers shared.
How to Code HTML Email Newsletters
Evernote: New Legal Page and Changes to Contracts Coming Soon
Which Apps Got Screwed By iOS 6?
10 Excellent iPad Apps You Should Download Right Now
An iPad Lover's Take On The Surface With Windows RT
How much does an app cost?
Types of mobile apps that can be developed
Apps we're thankful for but rarely mention (delayed)
70 best free apps of 2012
Facebook Data Use Policy changes
Common Angel Investment Terms
Count Down to Christmas With These 5 Free Apps
15 Super Useful Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs
Giving indie iOS game developers exposure
Best productivity apps of 2012
How much does it cost to develop an app?
Tim Ferriss on recommended reading books
App Guidelines
Investing in Apps
5 Tips on how to pitch to media... by the media
10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors
The Best Navigation App for iOS: Magellan RoadMate (Gizmodo)
How to get featured on the Apple AppStore
7 Ways Mobile Apps Are Driving Revenue for Businesses
Everything you need to know about Facebook Graph Search
How to use vanity App Store short link URL
Startups – How NOT to pitch a big brand
What to look for in an iOS developer (with checklist and answers)
When should an enterprise application become a mobile app?
How to get paid at a startup company - A guide to salary, equity, shares, vesting, bonuses, payout etc
Getting traction for startups
The value of conferences
Apple MapKit vs. Google Maps SDK
How to make money with mobile apps
Apple WWDC 2013 dates announced and tickets
96 Online resources for app development, design, testing & monetizing
How to understand mobile statistics and metrics
More reasons why you should have a mobile app
Original pitch decks of big companies
Mobile app control panel for optimization, affiliates and analytics
10 Mobile App Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Mobile application strategy for big brands
30 fast tips for marketers to improve conversion
iOS7 new API features I'm excited about
Top 8 App Store Optimization questions answered
ASO & marketing roadmap for mobile applications
Mobile application download tracking solutions
How to leverage in app purchases in mobile apps
Apple App Store changed the business world forever
App Store Optimization Keywords (ASO)
4 Hour Body Shopping List - Tim Ferriss
App Store new kids category in iOS7
Andrew Chen reading list
How to hire a freelancer
The best way to boost mobile phone signal
Mobile application key performance indicators (KPI)
App Store Optimization Service
iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c vs iPhone 5
iTunes Affiliate
iTunes Affiliate Link Example
PHG affiliate link
Tradedoubler iTunes affiliate link
iTunes affiliate tools
Mobile consulting services
Siri commands, tips and tricks
Create a mailing list
Apps using iPhone 5s M7 motion coprocessor
Amazon Half Off
13 trends that will drive the future of America
App Store Optimization keyword volume estimator
Top 9 brands advertising on Facebook
How to invest in bitcoin
13 most popular products of 2013
100 best FREE movies on Amazon Prime
The 7 pillars of user experience design
Mobile app marketing calendar
What is a target market
iAd attribution for app installs
Xamarin vs Titanium vs Phonegap vs Native application development
Phonegap app store approval
How to get an app made
HTML5 geolocation zip code
iTunes Connect app transfer to another account
Recreating Facebook UI with HTML and CSS (live coding screencast tutorial)
PhoneGap FAQ - Hybrid mobile app development
Mobile App Podcasts
Android's market share has dropped
Mobile is different
What is Big Data and why you can't control it
Mobile app launch guide
Mobile app monetization mindset
HTML, CSS & JavaScript code snippets
Instant Audio (Tap Feedback)
Check Storage Used
Get API or File Size
CSS Range Double Slider
Sort an Array based on a JSON Object Property
Swap images for higher resolution
Add Adaptive color background
Reasons why GPS failed
Get all pages of paginated API Response
Email validation
Dynamic search suggest
Top 30 books recommended on Hacker News