About me 👨🏻‍💻

This is Gian – short for Gianluca.

I was the founder and CEO of Uniwhere, an app that uses data to help college students improve their academic career, with over 600,000 user. In Uniwhere, I was responsible for designing and planning the development of our product (UI, UX, growth loops, design system). I supported our CTO in delineating our tech architecture and working with the dev team through all the implementation details. I led fundraising in EU & US, raising $800,000+ from early Facebook growth leads, two VC funds, angels. In late 2021 we sold the company.

I’m currently spending my time exploring and playing with a range of different technologies; in particular: genetic algorithms, smart contract engineering, cryptography. I also have a couple of super early ideas I’ve been tinkering with.

I love to learn and I love to tell the world about what I learn. You can find me pretty often as a speaker at meetups and conferences. The coolest ones so far: Google DevFest Berlin, Droidcon APAC, App Promotion Summit. In 2019, one of my talks was showcased by Google as one of their top 40 tech talks of the year worldwide.

A bit of trivia: In 2016, I was awarded Italian of the Year by the Italian Embassy in Germany. During my college years, I founded the biggest student-led theatre company in Italy.

Wish to get in touch? DM me on Twitter. (sometimes DMs end up in the spam folder, but I do my best to stay on top of them)

Talks

  • » Google DevFest Berlin 2016: Improve Your App Ratings Using Machine Learning
  • » Microsoft Azure Meetup Berlin 2017: Deploy your AI model in production with Azure
  • » App Promotion Summit Berlin 2017: From 0 to 100K users with 0 marketing budget
  • » University of Padua 2017: What is a startup?
  • » University of Trento 2017: How should you raise VC money?
  • » Google DevFest Venice 2017: Simple Introduction to Machine Learning
  • » University of Münster 2018: What is Product Market Fit and how does it relate with MVPs?
  • » Google DevFest Venice 2018: Reverse Engineering of Mobile APIs
  • » Startup Italia Open Summit 2018: Robotics and The Future of Employability
  • » Economics and Management 2019: Startup: A Very Peculiar Company
  • » Google DevFest Venice 2019: Don’t do native if you want VC money!
  • » University of Padua 2020: New Academic Year Keynote Speaker
  • » Deutsche Bildung Frankfurt 2020: Hyperproductivity in the age of defocus
  • » Google Developer Festival Italy 2020: Remote is here. Now what?
  • » Droidcon APAC 2020: Remote is here. Now what?

Media

  • » Il Mattino di Padova - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • » Il Corriere della Sera - 2015, 2016, 2017
  • » The Huffington Post - 2017
  • » SkyNews 24 - 2017
  • » Il Fatto Quotidiano - 2017
  • » AppMaster - 2017
  • » Rai Radio 3 - 2017
  • » WeAreItaly - 2018
  • » Rai Radio 1 - 2018
  • » Radio24 - 2018
  • » StartupItalia - 2019
  • » Minister of Labor - 2019