Author: Maria Teresa Cometto

  • Seven Italian startups training in NYC

    Since last July 15, seven Italian startup have been “training” at ERA – the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York. They are into an intensive three months training, mentorship and networking program that is curated by the co-founder and managing partner of ERA, Murat Aktihanoglu. The seven startups are part of the Global Startup Program…

  • Kickstarter turns 10: Happy Birthday!

    Happy birthday to Kickstarter that has just turned 10! In ten years this NYC company has helped bring 160,000 creative projects to life together with 16 million backers and creators. Among the projects that were funded on Kickstarter: the game Cards against humanity; Beryl, a bike light laser that makes cyclists more visible at night;…

  • Italian startup bought by Apple

    Our friend Paolo Merialdo, professor at the Engineering Department of the Roma 3 University, is the co-founder of InnovAction Lab, a program for college students who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs: in 4 years more than 800 students have been part of this program and more than 40 startups have been founded thanks of it.…

  • NYC a truly world-class place to start and grow a company

    New York was one of the top five global destinations for venture capital dollars in 2017. The number of venture capital deals in the city grew by 256 percent, and the amounts invested by 439 percent, since 2008. The analysis –released by Comptroller Stringer and based on data from Crunchbase – also detailed venture capital’s…

  • Women & startups in New York: will funds from the City help?

    <<“Last year, when I was raising my seed, this guy was like, ‘It must be really difficult for you to raise money, Shannon, because men dissociate intelligence from attractiveness,’” said Shannon McLay, 40, who has started a chain of financial coaching centers called Financial Gym. (…) “I’ve heard, ‘I really love you, Chanel, I think…

  • Pinterest’s IPO & New York Angels

    “With this single investment I’m done. As soon as I get my liquidity event I will party like there’s no tomorrow.” This is what Brian Cohen told us in 2012, when Alessandro and I interviewed him for “Tech and the City”. The investment was in Pinterest, the popular social network used to share photos, organized…

  • Sexy science & Authorea’s exit in NYC

    Another exit for a NYC startup: Authorea, co-founded by the Italian astrophysics Alberto Pepe, has been acquired by Atypon, the leading online scholarly publishing technology company. “I want to bring sexy back to science”, Pepe said when he launch his startup in 2012 with Nathan Jenkins. “Our mission – Pepe now explains – has been…

  • Cornell Tech Welcomes Amazon to NYC

    “Cornell Tech Welcomes Amazon to NYC”: I totally agree with them! and totally disagree with criticism against Amazon’s decision to bring their new headquarters to Long Island City, Queens. Some activists even proposed to boycott last Amazon’s Black Friday: it was ridiculous and failed, of course.  I think that the more the better. A great…

  • Erasmus per startupper italiani: AAA segreteria.geraci@mise.gov.it 

    “Dobbiamo svegliare l’Italia dal suo torpore tecnologico” ha detto Michele Geraci – sottosegretario allo Sviluppo economico nel Governo Conte – in visita a New York, durante un incontro con alcuni giovani imprenditori, ricercatori e investitori italiani del settore high-tech che vivono e lavorano qui. L’incontro, da Eataly Flatiron, e’ stato organizzato dal Consolato italiano a…

  • Google will expand to 20,000 staff in NYC: the new tech capital

    After Amazon, also Google plans to add more employers to its already large workforce in New York City: “Google is gearing up for an expansion of its New York City real estate that could add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount nearly double the search giant’s current staffing in the city,” writes…