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Manager and entrepreneur. Born in the Netherlands, has traveled extensively, lived in 6 European countries and fluent in six languages. He graduated from Bocconi University and achieved his MBA at Warwick Business School. He is dedicated and passionate about the world of startups, and is co-founder and CEO of Creative Thinking Ventures that specializes in pre-seed financing and advisory services to startups under development. He is board member and advisor of several startup companies. He has experienced different startup situations, and the opening of new markets. And led turnarounds and the restructuring of businesses. Expert in business development and international marketing, combining the mindset of the multinational with the capability of initiative typical of entrepreneurial companies. Main interest is in commerce and retail, online and offline, marketplaces, startups in the sharing economy. He is member of IBAN, Italian Business Angels Network.
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Manager Pre-Seed Accelerator, Startup Mentor, Fundraiser & Rainmaker

Apr 2016

LAB for Creative Thinking takes care of the growth of high potential startups and innovative SMEs in the commercial area, business development and within marketplaces. The idea must be original and offer a new (creative) way of proposing a product / service or in resolving a customer problem. We have a different approach from many other companies in our sector, and will intervene from the earliest stage (pre-seed) with advice, mentoring and support. [login to view URL]

Board Member

Nov 2015

Worldz is a disruptive tool for ecommerce, that monetizes the social popularity of each of us. A true innovation on the web. It uses the theory of WOMM (word of mouth marketing) to increase e-commerce impact and conversions. Share more, pay less. [login to view URL]

Board Member

Sep 2015

Sector: delivery services C2C - based on sharing economy in Peer 2 Peer [login to view URL] TocTocBox is a collaborative platform founded by the desire to create an alternative to the existing patterns of dispatch of goods.

Board Member

Jul 2015

Sector: Travel & Tourism Startups. [login to view URL] [login to view URL] Sharewood : the AirBnB for outdoor equipment. A collaborative consumption marketplace where you can rent the best outdoor gear for snow sports, water sports, camping and biking when you need, where you need it, from people like yourself.

Manager in charge of Pre-Seed Investing, Micro Venture Capital, Growth Hacking, Mentoring /Advisory

Jan 2009

Creative Thinking Ventures specializes in start-ups in pre-seed and stand-up stage, and in business development. Mission: Investment in the very early stages of Start-ups. Pre-seed or seed only. Create value by developing customer focused creativity. We mainly operate in the sharing economy, ecommerce and marketplaces, retail on-line and off-line, but we are open to other ideas which may disrupt a market. [login to view URL]

Founder - New Business Development, Advisory SME's, Training in Sales & Management

Jan 2004

We can help you! Sales Development and Sales Organization. GroetConsulting specializes in: • Sales & Business Development, Sourcing/Import and Scouting/Export. • Support to Startups, developing business plans and the validation of business models, before execution. We operate with a particular focus on B2C and B2B2C consumer business and B2B retail & trade customers and industrial customers. We have a long experience in sales training. [login to view URL]


Master in Business Administration

1999 - 2006 (7 years)

Laurea in Economia e Commercio - Economia Aziendale

1982 - 1988 (6 years)


Finanza e Capitale Umano a sostegno di PMI e Startup

Description of the way that Team2Grow operates and supports and develops SME's. [login to view URL]

Speaker at Open Summit 2015

Our company Creative Thinking Ventures invited to attend the most important startup event in Italy in 2015. Our CEO was present as a public speaker. [login to view URL]


There is much talk of startups in Italy and there is a strong push by the new legislation on the innovative startups. (So called “startup innovativa”). There is, however, a still earlier stage than seed, when there is almost nothing but ideas. And where the startup, most of the times, it is not even formed. What we call the Pre-Seed stage. [login to view URL]

METRICS for decision making vs vanity metrics

Good metrics are an excellent tool for decision making. They serve the entrepreneur-startupper and the team as well, but are also instrumental to communicate with the stakeholders and generally to the rest of the world. Metrics matter! [login to view URL]

Scusa ma Quanto Vali ?

“In sostanza quel che vedi è il valore (in termini economici) di una tua condivisione su Facebook. Alle spalle di quel tasto “login with facebook” c’è la nostra APP che, attraverso le interazioni che ricevi e i tuoi amici, calcola un punteggio e lo rigira in termini economici”. [login to view URL]

Success ! Sharewood completes crowdfunding campaign

Startup Sharewood completes the crowdfunding campaign on CrowdFundME. 3 days in advance of the scheduled date, the campaign has been successfully completed, with a significant overfunding. 50+ investors have confirmed that they believe in Sharewood's business model, and that they trust the team to scale-up. [login to view URL]


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