Francesco has almost twenty years of experience in finance, consulting, business management, and sustainability. Throughout these years, he has worked on more than 20 projects as a consultant at Bain & Company and launched Uber operations in Turin, Italy. Lately, he has founded Tondo, an organization spreading circular economy concepts, and Tondo lab, a company driving the implementation of clean and circular innovations. Francesco is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship.
Developed the strategic plan for a large Singaporean educational institute entering the European market, including market analysis, competitive landscape, company position, and business plan.
Created a go-to-market strategy for a North American carpooling platform entering a new country, assessed main marketing channels, approach per channel, segments, and main messages.
Set up the operations–including defining the operational processes, KPIs, and the action plan–and the go-to-market strategy for a personal services platform, launching operations in the Italian market.
Supported the implementation of strategic partnerships, including company presentation, identification of possible targets, and main synergies for an e-grocery platform scaling-up operations in Italy.
Analyzed the market and the competitive landscape for an IT outsourcing company operating in the US and Africa, backed by Google Ventures.
Evaluated a potential target in the Italian market for a large global private equity firm.
Identified the most disrupting innovations that could impact a major beauty player.
Implemented, as a project manager, the launch in Italy of a new product for an international mobility player.
Built the financial model and the investor decks to support the financing from a major bank and the fundraising from investors for a robotics startup.
The paradigm of what a car is and how we use it is changing. Energy innovations, artificial intelligence advances, societal tastes, and environmental concerns are all affecting how we will get around in the future.
Feeding the Future: An Overview of Agrifood Technology (Publication)
As environmental, social, and demographic factors increasingly put pressure on traditional food production, investors and entrepreneurs are turning to innovation. Many promising startups are emerging, all with a focus on producing food in a more efficient and sustainable way.
Feeding the Future: An Overview of the Agrifood Industry (Publication)
The amount of money pouring into Agrifood tech has increased more than sixfold since 2012: from $3 billion to almost $18 billion. In the first part of this series, we examine the three changing conditions making this field ripe for innovation and analyze emerging technologies.
The Impending Commercial Robot Revolution (Publication)
The field of robotics has seen incredible strides forward in recent years. As a result of improvements in computer vision, dexterity and also overall economics, use of robots has increased in a variety of different fields. However, most of the growth in robotics so far has happened in industrial applications, and thus hidden from the view of the general public. But is this about to change?
In this article, Toptal Finance Expert Francesco Castellano focuses on the commercial robotics market. Thanks to recent breakthroughs in the fields of AI, mechatronics, sensors, and batteries, service and commercial robots are likely to see tremendous growth and adoption, likely heralding a new robotics revolution that could transform our daily lives in countless ways.
Commercial Drones Are Revolutionizing Business Operations (Publication)
When most hear “drone,” they think expensive military aircrafts or small consumer toys. However, the future of drones will actually be shaped by practical commercial applications, due to their ability to drive efficiency and data analytics.
This article defines drones and their total addressable market and highlights how their capabilities can be leveraged in commercial business operations. It also includes investment trends and predictions for the future of the industry.
Executive Course in Circular Economy and Sustainability
2022 - 2023
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Online
Executive Course in Disruptive Strategy
2019 - 2019
Harvard Business School - Online
Coursework Toward a PhD in Business Management
2006 - 2007
University of Bologna - Bologna, Italy
Master's Degree in Finance
2004 - 2005
24ORE Business School - Milan, Italy
Bachelor's/Master's Combined Degree in Business Administration