Viable innovation: a week in Silicon Valley [Second part]

M is for MIP and, by extension, the entire Politecnico di Milano ecosystem, including the business school, the faculty of engineering, design and architecture, the business incubator and innovation district, with its entire industrial sector connected; it constitutes a seat of excellence and a hope that Italy and Milan increasingly are, and will continue to be, an economic and innovation engine for the country and for the whole of Europe.

Viable innovation: a week in Silicon Valley [First part]

An innovation, however, is always influenced by the cultural context in which it is born, by the social forces which contribute towards directing and shaping it. In this sense, rarely have we seen a more powerful cultural amalgam than that which started bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Sixties: a perfect culture for the birth of homemade computers.

The Marshmallow Test and Self-control!

The brain, where it all begins…
“Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below”. It is our choices that define what we are, more than our abilities do. This statement from Noam Chomsky, an American linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist, inspired me to read more about the factors that motivate people to act or take decisions. I took the opportunity offered by the i-Flex program, in partnership with the World of Business Ideas, to do more research on this subject by watching several WOBI clips.

Supply Chain: things are speeding up

Could you please briefly introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your company?
Let me introduce myself ̶ I am Marco Candiani, Managing Director of STEF Italia. I graduated in Mechanical Engineering and hold a Master in Business Administration. My professional experience was acquired at logistics multinationals such as Christian Salvesen and Kuehne Nagel. I have been part of the STEF Group since 2013.

Amazon warehouse and logistics: the winning law of chaos

Over 50 billion packages sent with priority service in 2017. Hundreds of millions of customers all over the world. An average of 70 minutes between the customer hitting the “Buy!” button to shipment of the product itself.
With stunning service and impressive customer satisfaction levels, Amazon never fails to amaze us.

From Clicks to Bricks: Wardroba opens its first physical store

Do you remember Wardroba, the e-commerce and social platform launched by three Part Time MBA Alumni?
The startup, born at MIP and incubated by Polihub, has evolved over the years and now it’s ready for a new adventure.
Indeed, a couple of months ago, the digital platform went physical, opening its first temporary shop in Milan.
As we love keeping in touch with our #Growingleaders, we arranged an interview with Federico Della Bella, one of the founders of Wardroba, to discuss the next steps with him.

Edtech moves up the learning curve

Education technology – or the use of information and communications technology to facilitate, enrich and in some cases replace traditional forms of learning – is a hot topic with educators and investors alike.
As massive open online courses (MOOC) continue to sprout up, in many cases attracting students who may not otherwise have the possibility to study, educators also debate the extent technology can be used to improve the learning experience and the best way to do that in the traditional classroom setting.

Apulia takes to the skies

Earlier this year, a “SW-4 Solo” helicopter produced by Italian aerospace group Leonardo successfully completed its first unmanned flight, taking off and landing at the Taranto-Grottaglie airport in the southern Italian region of Apulia after 45 minutes simulating a surveillance mission.

Sharing economy: what’s it all about?

It’s the biggest phenomenon in the world right now. With a global market value of over $4 trillion and a workforce of nearly 1.5 million people, the sharing economy is undoubtedly the place to be.
It’s a sector that creates a great deal, destroys nothing and transforms everything and anything – a new world where innovation is as natural as breathing and investment is on the up and up.
Beneficial, smart, and ultra-modern it may be, but the sharing economy is not always that easy to understand. So what’s it all about?

The only Circular Economy course in Italy: guiding students from theory to practice

“Have you heard of critical materials?” With this question, Professor David Peck began our first day of the Circular Economy MBA Bootcamp. He urged the whole class to raise our cell phones in the air and broke down how many critical raw materials and conflict minerals are contained in our mobile phones and computers. This start to the lesson got us thinking about the many materials that compose our belongings, our businesses’ products, our lives.