Francesco has more than fifteen years of experience in research, finance, consulting, and business management. During this time, he has worked on 20+ projects as a consultant at Bain & Company and launched Uber operations in Turin, Italy. Lately, he has founded Tondo, an organization focusing on the circular economy, and Novu, a company scaling-up innovation, and intrapreneurship. Francesco is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship.
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 Disruptive Strategy
2019 - 2019
Harvard Business School - Online
PhD (first and second year) degree in Business Management
2006 - 2007
Bologna University - Bologna, Italy
Master's degree in Finance
2004 - 2005
Il Sole 24 Ore Business School - Milan, Italy
Bachelor's/Master's combined degree in Business Administration