Patents and Ideas

I have my name on a very large number of patents across multiple nations. I have built from scratch projects, products, teams and services. So naturally often I get texts like:

Hey Mario... "Hey, I have a startup idea that I want run through you" or "How do I patent something in the cheapest way possible" and more rarely "I am looking for an investor in my idea. Want to hear about it?"

Let's start from the last one. I am an angel investor in several ventures. Usually I invest between 25K to 100K. It largely depends on how crowded is the space and the risk level based on what is already been done. Typically on 100 "things" I hear about, 10 finally go through an informal due diligence and 1 or 2 end up in a formal due diligence process. And the survival rate of those 1 or 2 depends on what is discovered that the founders didn't know.

In those things it is paramount the most key quote of every startup-er: you don't know what you don'…

Biking with joy | Lessons learned

Just a bit over two years ago, as of this writing, I started an activity that has become my passion. Mountain Biking. I learned a few things over this period of time that I want to share away for the next newbie around the root/rock/bush/drop emm... corner.

My first bike was a K2 Sport XS. Although it was in nice shape it was clearly 3 times smaller than my 5.7' body requires. I was also 219 pounds so I guess it balanced out the fact that I could barely get from point A to B regardless of the bike's frame.

My second bike was a HUGE improvement over the the first. A SuperFly 100/AL Elite bought as lightly used by a local teacher. It served as a wonderful intro to understand a lot better what works and what doesn't for me and the trails that I usually ride.

My current bike is a fantastic BMC Speedfox 02 2018 size M with 27.5 wheels size (specs).

At this point I am far enough in the game of biking to have a few certainties at least for people for the equivalent experience and…

Breaking down things

A friend (Suveen) asked how do you do that? Break something complicated in meaningful, non tedious and smaller tidbits of knowledge. Well... It's not an exact science my friend, but here's my framework. I shared this on FB since that is where he asked the question. Reposting here for future questions of the same nature.

And that is how I do it. But at the end whatever works based on what mess you are dealing with works. It's not science, it is just wisdom and a ton of experience burning your own skin in the game of life.


The Making of Basculo

Exercising can be fun if done with others and even that is not the case for everyone. Doing it alone is more than often a chore. Anything that can make the activity less than “mandatory” can only lead to build up the necessary confidence to perform the "chore" more frequently and with a due rhythm that actually leads to results. Fun and rhythm are two cardinal pieces to get results. I would argue about anything but particularly at the job of losing calories while not feeling miserable. 
A gaming experience meshed within some type of workout is hardly a nuance those days. However, as all fads the excitement tend to fade out when the link between the investment in time and sweat doesn’t balance with the perceived results. Most humans, particularly the male homo sapiens patience for any result is not in spade available as for the counterpart of the same species.

If you didn't pay attention in school about the breakdown that likely you belong too (my cat reads, it doesn'…

Finally someone that speaks about the danger from a more concrete way.

Cassie does a wonderful job in telling the story around data and AI, if you like what you hear then take a look at this collection of links. I am sure that you will find something here that fits your palate.

For total beginners: those who care about AI ethics: leaders: artists:

The Making of Filini's Ghost Ride Trophy

A couple of years ago I came up with a brand and logo name for our MTB team. That is FILINI. For Christmas I wanted to build something custom from my dear friend Cristiano which runs with the nickname of GHOST RIDER within the team. You can cruise the images in higher resolution if you click on them.
This is the logo.
I used to convert the image from pixel to an STL that I could print with my 3D printer. Pixelmator at some point was involved as well. And also a good list of WTFs to figure out why the conversion wasn't producing a more clear result.

The final print had a bit of smudges here and there but nothing that clippers and acetone couldn't remove. Can't say elbow work, more knuckle hard word.

I used Liquid Metal paint (Bronze, Silver) to create sand-metal effect with which I painted the parts.
I recycled a GOPRO part which I painted Silver. Several times because although the paint holds well on lucid plastic, it required multiple passes (and time) to …

UIAppDelegate and SceneDelegate accessing variables

As you likely know iOS 13 introduced the multiple window concept. Which means what you used to do with

(UIApplication.shared.delegate as! AppDelegate).somevariableHERE No longer works and I am happy to tell you that you can still do it just slightly different. And in my opinion clearer.

(self.window?.windowScene?.delegateas! SceneDelegate).someOtherVariableHere
References Apple usual bare-extreme-bone docs Background