“L’imprenditore è una persona attratta irrazionalmente dal rischio, un po’ come un giocatore di poker che ha sempre il brivido dietro la schiena perché sa benissimo che può tanto vincere e tanto perdere. In Italia purtroppo non si scommette sulle idee ”

Non è la voce gracchiante che sento tramite Skype ma sono le cose che mi racconta Lorenzo e la semplicità con cui ne parla che mi fanno percepire quanta distanza ci sia ancora tra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti. Una distanza non solo geografica ma soprattutto culturale. Lì davvero se hai un’idea e le competenze per portarla avanti puoi riuscire ed avere successo, viva il sogno americano.

Lorenzo Thione rappresenta un esempio dell’eccellenza italiana, che ha saputo imporsi in America; si è trasferito negli States ad Austin quando aveva 21 anni per completare gli studi alla University of Texas, dove ha trovato la fortuna, non quella che inseguono gli italiani con gratta e vinci e supernalotto ma piuttosto la fortuna di trovare un ecosistema fertile dove poter coltivare le proprie idee e provare a realizzarle.

Nel 2008 ha ceduto la sua società Powerset a Microsoft costituendo il cuore del suo nuovo motore di ricerca Bing. Lorenzo non è tornato più indietro.

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Lorenzo Thione is the co-founder of Powerset, Inc., an innovative search startup founded in 2005, with the vision of bringing to consumers a more natural and effective type of Internet search than conventional keyword search. Funded by notable Silicon Valley VCs and angel investors, Powerset was acquired by Microsoft Corp. in 2008 to complement and innovate its own search technology and offering.
Currently, he is a Principal Program Manager in charge of the Powerset division of Bing, Microsoft’s innovative “Decision Engine”. In addition he’s an investor and advisor to Dolores Labs, an exciting and
energetic San Francisco startup building a scalable platform for human-based computing and crowdsourcing, Crowdflower. In addition to his Internet-tech endeavors, Lorenzo is a theater producer currently busy in bringing several new works to the Broadway stage, including the upcoming Green Day musical, American Idiot. His latest project, Jay Kuo’s original musical Allegiance, starring George Takei and Lea Salonga, follows the story of a Japanese American family during the years of the WWII Japanese American internment, and is currently aiming for a 2012 Broadway debut. He is a founding board member of
StartOut (www.startout.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship within the LGBT community, and serves on the board of trustees of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Reason To Party, a SF-based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of underserved Bay Area residents by raising money for charity groups through events held in collaboration with local businesses. Lorenzo holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has co-authored several publications in Computational Linguistics. He is a named inventor on 7 issued and over 24 pending patents in the US and world-wide

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  • I use Bing and Google whenever i want to find something on the internet. I think that both search engines are very good. `