silicon valley

Leading Silicon Valley Innovators to Tackle Global Innovation Challenges

Mashape is proud to announce that our growth hacker, Montana Flynn, has been selected by British Airways and its partners to participate in UnGrounded Thinking, the company’s inaugural Innovation Lab in the Sky. The group will work on global challenges at 30,000 feet, aboard a private British Airways flight from San Francisco to London on June 12, 2013. Montana will join more than 100 industry leaders and change agents, to collaboratively address the global STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills gap with the goal of accelerating global innovation. Participants were nominated by global technology leaders in both Silicon Valley...

The most inspiring sentence that a human has ever said.

“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs...

The 11 rules of the HP Garage

The HP Garage is the famous birthplace of Silicon Valley where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. Here’s the famous 11 rules that encapsulated the work ethos of Silicon Valley: Believe you can change the world. Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever. Know when to work alone and when to work together. Share – tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues. No politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.) The customer defines a job well done. Radical ideas are not bad ideas. Invent different ways of working. Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it...

HeyZap & AirBnB – 2 different approaches, 2 unique successes

I asked myself a question: What are the real magic pills that a geek entrepreneur should have to increase his chance to success? By observing two successful startups closely, I began to understand that, most of the time, it is a combination of several factors. I was lucky enough to get to know two successful start-ups and began to understand that the real power lies in their soul. One year ago, I slept in the AirBnb building for nearly 3 weeks, when they were just a company comprising of eight people. I also worked in their office/living room and...

Mashape got Funding!

Hey World, We’re very excited to announce our First Angel Round funding.  Almost all startups have to pass over this step. So there is nothing surprising with that. But our story till now wasn’t so easy. Most of the time Americans don’t understand how harder is to achieve the same milestones if you are outside of this world, than in the USA, if you are just a little guy with a big dream 7000 miles away from San Francisco. You have to get into the network when nobody knows you. We grew up in Italy; it’s not the kind...

The Tech Entrepreneur Road – To raise Venture Capital or not?

Raising venture capital is like adding rocket fuel to your business. For most businesses this is not warranted, creates the wrong incentives and even if it was successful, the dilution resulting from multiple rounds of VC funding means that the founders do not make enough personal money when the business is ultimately sold. Raise a small round of capital: $20k – $200k from the three F’s (friends, family and fools) Use this to build a “good enough” product: sign up pilot customers, develop a scalable Business Model, and get your initial team in place Raise a round of angel money/ seed...

SF and behind

Some pictures from SF!...

Mashape at TechCrunch50

Mashape is excited to be exhibiting at TechCrunch50 this year. Here’s some photos of our experience!...

Onwards to SF! Mashapers having our layover in Philadelphia :)

Here’s Mashapers Marco and Augusto in Philadelphia waiting for their connecting flight to San Francisco....