Giulio Cesare and Marco are long time friends, they both got a Computer Science BS degree from the University of Bologna.
From 1998 to 2005, Marco and Giulio Cesare acted as CEO and CTO respectively for eXtrapola, a startup that aimed to change the way “press clippings” were produced and used by companies and governments. Together they designed and built an extremely effective intelligent scraping system capable to ingest 200K news item per day and process them with a customized bayesian engine.
As a team they proved to be able to cover both technology and strategy. When they left, eXtrapola was a nimble, profitable company with 20 employees and about 2 million Euros in revenues. Needless to say, it was exciting: raising money from investors, selecting and hiring people, marketing a complex service, …
Giulio Cesare Solaroli
After a few years as an independent consultant for many firms in Italy, Switzerland and USA, he joined Marco as CTO of eXtrapola, selecting, growing and leading a team of 7 developers.
In 2012 Giulio Cesare left National University of Ireland in Galway where he has been working for two years as Research Assistant for Sindice, a semantic web project.
After graduation, Marco worked as a fellow researcher in parallel computing and numerical analysis at Loughbourough University of Technology (UK). Then moved to Milan to become the first employees of the Italian branch of MCI Worldcom. He supported the country manager during the whole startup process: from a small apartment to a huge data center and brand new offices for 200 employees.
In 1998 Marco co-founded and run eXtrapola.com along with Giulio from 1998 to 2005, until passion for crypto and security led to the birth of Clipperz in late 2005.
In the following years he got interested in the digital publishing sector and organized the first Italian barcamp on ebooks. This landed him a job at StreetLib, an Italian company that offers distribution services for ebooks, where he became responsible of strategic planning and fundraising.
Marco successfully led multiple financing rounds for Simplicissimus Book Farm, raising a total of 3.6M€ both from VC funds and angel investors. Marco was in charge of the overall process, from writing the documentation to managing the agenda and the meetings with potential investors.