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Vincenzo Pallotta

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Strategic Advisor, BENTI and Advisor, Just Innovate. Stanford GSB grad.

Strategic Advisor, BENTI and Advisor, Just Innovate. Stanford GSB grad.

4 vouches

Involved In




Just Innovate
BENTI s.r.l.
Just Innovate

Side Projects

Trade School Geneva


Professor in Management of Innovation and Product Development HEIG-VD September 2014 - present
Strategic Advisor BENTI s.r.l. January 2014 - present
Advisor Just Innovate January 2014 - present
Formateur CEFCO Sàrl October 2012 - present
Lean Startup Coach and Mentor LeanStart May 2012 - present
Formateur University of Geneva 2011 - present
Core group member ThinkServices January 2009 - present
Chairman ISOC Switzerland Chapter April 2012 - March 2013
Fellow InnoPark Suisse SA June 2012 - August 2012
Founder and CTO InterAnalytics March 2010 - March 2012
Research Coordinator and Adjunct Professor Webster University April 2008 - December 2010
Chargé de cours University of Geneva August 2008 - December 2009
Professor EU Business School January 2009 - June 2009
Research Associate and lecturer University of Fribourg November 2005 - December 2008
Visiting Scholar Stanford University August 2005 - November 2005
Researcher and Lecturer EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) August 2002 - October 2005
Research Fellow ICSI January 2004 - March 2005
Visiting Scholar and Music Producer UC Berkeley January 2004 - December 2004
Research Assistant and Lecturer EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) August 1998 - August 2002
Visiting Scholar Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia March 2002 - March 2002
Consultant University of Pisa January 1998 - July 1998
Consultant and Technical Instructor Studio Proteo Snc. September 1989 - August 1991
Analyst-Programmer and System Manager SELCODATA Srl. (IBM agent) March 1988 - September 1989
IT Consultant Self-employed January 1988 - March 1988
Analys, Developper and System Manager Computime SE, Srl. (Apple solution provider) September 1987 - December 1987
Technician COMPUTRONIC Snc. January 1987 - August 1987


Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg Computer Science 2005 - 2014
Stanford University Graduate School of Business Technology Entrepreunership 2012 - 2012
IT Training Academy Project Management 2009 - 2010
CTI VentureLab Venture Challenge 2007 2007 - 2007
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne Computer Science 1998 - 2002
Università di Pisa Information (Computer) Science 1991 - 1997
Linköping University Computer Science 1994 - 1994
Liceo Scientifico "A. Enstein", Teramo, Italy Science and mathematics 1981 - 1986
Scuola Media D'Alessandro Teramo 1977 - 1980

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Marketplaces
  • • Crowdfunding
  • • E-Commerce
  • • Digital marketing
  • • Social Entrepreneurship
  • • Charity
  • • Digital Currency
  • • Loyalty & rewards
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Scientist by training, entrepreneur by vocation, I am currently a Strategic Adviser in Innovation, Technology and Lean Entrepreneurship.

I am also professor of IT, Project and Operation Management and Entrepreneurship in several higher-education institutions in Switzerland.

Active in Information and Communication Technology since 1985. Started as an Analyst and Enterprise Software developer at IBM and Apple systems agents, after six years I came back to study and earned a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science.

I started a research career in Computer Science where I have explored both theoretical and applied fields such as Computational Logics and Artificial Intelligence, Information Retrieval, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Computational Linguistics, Human-Computer Interaction, Web, Multimedia and Ubiquitous Computing. I these areas I have published 70+ articles and several chapters in textbooks and edited collections. I am also the author of 4 books.

In education, I started very early in 1987 in technical instructor. At university level, I have been teaching courses in Computing, Information Systems and Project Management. I have been also invited as guest lecturer for tutorials in international conferences.

As an entrepreneur, I succeeded in leveraging my research results into an innovative product in the area of Customer Interaction Analytics. I am always searching for new business opportunities and challenges aimed at solving relevant problems. With my backgrounds and experience I can help startups in their research for a viable and scalable Business Model serving as a coach at Startup Weekend.

I am active in the civil society contributing with local initiative to the development of policies for the information society. Namely, I am the co-founder of think tank and I was a co-founder and former Chairman of the Switzerland chapter of the Internet Society ( and co-organizer of the Trade School in Geneva.

Specialties:Lean Startup,Business Modeling, Information & Communication Technology, Human-Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, Project Management, Information Systems, Social Media, Business Intelligence, Data and Text Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Ubiquitous Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Usability, Interaction Design, Information Retrieval, SEO, ITIL, Knowledge Management, Semantic Web, Computational Logics, Group Dynamics, Training and Education, eLearning, Decision Support Systems.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Sharing the same location is not necessary but welcome. I need someone who is ready to accept my guidance as a CEO and implement my ideas. Of course, he/she can contribute with their own ideas, but they need to share the same vision and my core values. The ideal setting would be something like the relationship between Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. I might push my co-founder(s) to their limit but they will always know that they are working with me on something great (even if they don't see the whole picture). TRUST is essential (on both directions).

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think Vincenzo is awesome?
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Wiktor Lisowski
We worked together  •  Bioengineer & Entrepreneur, Technology Transfert Office, EPFL. Previously Teacher, Ecole Sofia.
Vincenzo has developed the ability to apply the lean startup concept to different type of business and has great communication skills to sha ... re his ideas and concepts. Great team player, and real-life experience. Vincenzo advised me in my early days for my venture in medtech, his ideas were innovative and challenging at the same time. His guidance was important for the development of my startup. Today my venture got to a point that interests various supporter and investors.
Alberto M. Daccarett Armijo
We worked together  •  Online Marketing, Internet Analytics & Web Project Manager, Credit Suisse.
He is an expert in Lean Startups methodology and can guide a startup to success.
Stefano Supino
We worked together  •  . Stanford grad.
Vincenzo is one of the most focused guy that i knowed. And he has an incredible capacity of execution.
Ilkka Huotelin
We worked together  •  Board Member, BOARDIO and Founder & CEO,
Vincenzo has very good knowledge of the lean start up methodology and how to get from an idea through testing it to to the launch. With a so ... lid academic background he has good understanding of the current trends in the computer science.

Sal Matteis

Founded Milkster

Lorenzo Thione

Founded Powerset, Cloudflower, the Allegiance Musical and many other staff. Check his profile on Crunchbase: ... n/lorenzo-thione

Clement Cohen

Founded a great corporation in the 90'. Now giving back as an advisor.

Doris Edwards

She runs IT business since 80'. She is a Content Marketing guru.

Nelio Barros

Creative mind. He founded Luma7, a new generation search engine.

Barney Pell

Founder of Powerset and Moon Express.

Guillaume Beauverd

Founded Trace Technologies a great hi-tech company that produce the first intelligent golf ball: ... beauverd

Zeno Crivelli

Founded Jillion:

Pierre-Alain Masson

Founder of SeedStars and Seedstars World:

Marco De Dominicis

Founder of BENTI and several other companies in Italy.

Barney Pell
They're my friends  •  Chairman and CEO, QuickPay Corporation and Advisor, Portalarium. Stanford grad.
He's the greatest networker of all times and a fantastic leader.

Alberto M. Daccarett Armijo
Online Marketing, Internet Analytics & Web Project Manager, Credit Suisse.
Alberto is very energetic and passionate about his ventures. He is very open to new technologies and willing to experiment with innovative b ... usiness models. He already launched Apps and won the 2013 edition of the International Creative Challenge in Switzerland with his app VocaBoca, an innovative mobile app for language learning.

Wiktor Lisowski
They're my mentor  •  Bioengineer & Entrepreneur, Technology Transfert Office, EPFL. Previously Teacher, Ecole Sofia.
Wiktor understood that he needs to discover the market first in order to be able to create a great product. He is a truly Lean entrepreneur ... and I am sure that he will eventually succeed in go to market with an innovative and winning product.

Ilkka Huotelin
They're my advisor  •  Board Member, BOARDIO and Founder & CEO,
Ilkka has a great experience as a manager of probably the biggest multinational in telecommunications: Nokia. He is in the process of elevat ... ing his knowledge and experience to create his own business and have a significant impact in the field of recommendation systems. He's very analytical and he is actively looking for an innovative solution of a long-standing problem for both readers and publishers: how to recommend new books to read. Ilkka is motivated by the solution he can provide and this makes him a great entrepreneur!