ABOUT

I’m a technologist and entrepreneur. I think about, build and execute on strategies that help create and scale companies.

Drawing from established markets, sub-cultures, global trends, and exciting new technologies, I try to understand how these can all impact and benefit a group of users, distilling this information into product, marketing, business development, and growth strategies.

I'm currently leading Product Innovation & Discovery at WorkshopX - focused on spearheading the implementation of a platform driven, product innovation strategy that’s exploring emerging hardware and technologies like: XR, AI and ML.

I'm always interested in & exploring how to build better product experiences, how new technologies will help empower more people (making complex tasks and the tools we use to accomplish them simpler), testing and creating innovation frameworks, scaling business growth, leveraging different business models, and more!

I'm the co-founder, co-host and producer of Hack To Start, a podcast that’s focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success. The show launched in October 2014, and has seen more than 500,000 downloads on iTunes alone, reaching #1 in Business News & Business categories. I've interviewed hundreds of founders, CEOs, venture capitalists, and executives from companies like: Uber, Facebook, Product Hunt, Adobe, Stripe, Shopify, Dropbox, Creative Market, 500 Startups, Betaworks, Union Square Ventures, Frontline Ventures, and more!

Follow me @FrancoVarriano
www.francovarriano.com | www.freshfounders | www.maketechart.com | www.hacktostart.com

TALKS

I've had several opportunities to share my ideas, insights & expereinces through different talks that usually center on some of the following topics:

  • Product Discovery (finding an idea, user research)
  • Growth (The Four-Fits, Paid Ads & more)
  • Creating Strategy
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