There’s a say in Silicon Valley which goes: “Fail fast, fail early” (or fail often). Although it may seem illogical and highly controversial, the theme of failure actually underpins most of the achieved global successes, in all fields.

Obviously, single failures shouldn’t be celebrated. Rather they should be accumulated, welcomed and cherished. It’s only by taking full advantage of failures that we can get to a powerful mix of 5 essential elements that together serve as boost drivers for success: passion, talent, patience, consistency, and key learnings. …


The title of this post already says it all. It’s been more than 20 years that online marketplaces and e-tailers have put on their knees traditional brick-and-mortar stores — aka, physical stores. If up to a decade ago, the excuse of not trusting the web with our credit cards mixed with the desire of touching products before buying protected the business of offline resellers, today the situation is quite different. …


Ever spotted a rising star and thought: “Damn, this person is gonna be big!”? It’s that feeling that pervades us when we notice someone out of the ordinary, doing something in an unconventional and fascinating way, whatever their core activity might be. Often times artists, fashion trendsetters, rising sports talents, comedians, all operate individually with a surrounding support from agents and assistants, until their name becomes a synonym of a money-machine, power-house company (Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael McIntyre, Kim Kardashian, Chiara Ferragni, to name just a few notable examples). But what if there was an organizational structure that allowed…


Today we are accustomed more than ever to be writing cover letters, unsolicited emails, introduction messages for a broad range of activities from job applications, partnership and collaboration discoveries, or requests for new business financing and so on. If up to 25 years ago, a very structured, straight to the point letter (yes, ink on actual paper) would have done the job, in our current society that wouldn’t be enough, even though it would be seen as original. This is because with the web and the furthering of globalization it has caused, attention levels adapted to several new inputs per…


On July 11th, Forbes dedicated a magazine cover to the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner family member, the ever-so-popular 21-year-old Kylie Jenner. The coverage was a huge success in terms of digital visibility. In a matter of days, millions of readers had come to know of her business accomplishments and net worth, which allegedly neared $900 million. …


F2P (Free-to-Play) games have revolutionized the way everyone — from hardcore to casual gamers — thinks of gaming: with no initial economic “obstacle” to start a new digital adventure, as well as a stronger lock-in with astonishingly engaging core missions and virtual characters, these games provide users with a compelling and customized experience, and publishers with big returns on their bottom line.

Digital content is king: engagement booster and profitability driver

Look no further than FIFA Ultimate Team to make a case for digital content. Back in 2009, Electronic Arts released a Free-to-Play mode inside its FIFA series. Until today, with almost 10 years of growing success, this exciting…


TCP/IP, HTTP, or SMTP are all names that refer to the basic Internet protocols or, in some probably diffused cases, are considered fancy acronyms for exotic football clubs or new e-messaging slangs. If you’re reading this post, it’s thanks to the HTTP protocol which enabled a direct communication from your web browser to the Medium Web server, relying on a connection and rules established by the TCP/IP protocol.

In 2014, more than 20 years after the world wide web was released to the public in 1991, Pew Research Center conducted a survey assessing Americans’ general knowledge about the Internet. Results…


One of the topics that struck my attention the most lately has been whether the infamous Initial Coin Offerings, better known by their acronym ICOs, are somewhat disrupting the venture capital industry. This relatively new funding model offers entrepreneurs a seamless process to do what they were unable to do before: raise virtually limitless capital from masses of individuals worldwide in a time-efficient manner. Every day the crypto market learns and evolves at an unprecedented pace, and as a consequence the venture funds that were sitting on the fence about this issue are being pushed to decide to either close…


In this particular moment in time blockchain is undoubtedly the most exciting topic that investors, entrepreneurs and thinkers alike are discussing about. Being able to do so while sailing on a crypto-cruise across Singapore, Penang and Phuket together with the brightest game-changers, pioneers and thought-leaders of this space is something completely unique that couldn’t be missed.

SimplyVital Health decided to embark on this fantastic journey in order to have a productive confrontation with other companies that are adopting blockchain technology to disrupt highly centralized industries, share ideas on what the future might hold, and spread the word about SimplyVital Health…


It has been more than a week since I came back from the Web Summit, but despite the excitement deriving from a well-organized event that brought together 60.000 attendees from all over the world, I can’t shake off the feeling of disappointment.

Not only was the quality of presentations (and their Q&As) not always the highest, but some of the most long-awaited talks and panels (for me personally, the ones pertaining to the subjects of blockchain tech and ICOs) were simply demagogic, passing common knowledge for insider’s insights, adding some geeky jokes once in a while to steal a bit…

Gabriele Chiaranz

Founder of EuroGate Partners, early investor in Ethereum, Ripple, Polymath, Orchid Protocol, and AI early stage startups.

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