Hi Francesco! Thank you for doing this interview with us and taking time out of your busy schedule. How are you?
I’m good, thank you very much! I just came back to Italy from the US and will spend the holidays with my family.
Sweet! First, can you introduce yourself and let us know what you do at Spreaker?
Sure. My name is Francesco, I’m 36 and was born and raised in Bologna, Italy. I currently live in San Francisco, CA and I’m CEO at Spreaker. My job includes making sure that our team has all it needs to continue developing this amazing product, including – but not limited to – money in the bank account. So fund raising and pitching takes a lot of my time.
Busy guy, you really are always running around! How did you start your job at Spreaker?
Well, being a founder means that I’ve been here since the very beginning. There are different versions of the story of how we came up with the idea of Spreaker (and of course we like to keep a little mystery) but basically it has been a process with a number of refinement cycles. At some point, in late 2009, we founded the Company and I’ve been working for it full time since then.
Which Spreaker feature do you like the most?
I Love the mobile application: I think it makes it possible to do very cool stuff with our product. I am a great SF Giants fan (I loved baseball even before moving to San Francisco) and I can picture a number of fans in the audience broadcasting play-by-play of every ballgame. And the fact that these broadcasts can be syndicated in real time on a number of different platforms makes it easy to reach a huge audience.
An Italian that loves baseball, almost hard to believe! Can you give us a few reasons why it’s great working at Spreaker?
We all invest a lot of our time listening to broadcasts & podcasts and I love seeing our product being used for a variety of purposes. Recently I was listening to some live broadcasts from the OWS movement (San Francisco chapter) and the people doing them were literally outside of our office windows in SF. It was a strange experience.
Do you have any fun memories that you would like to share?
Some months ago we were invited to an event taking place at this old chap’s place; he is a collector of radio (and not only) related stuff here in Bologna. He literally has priceless items stuffed in this garage… old gramophones, radios, juke boxes etc… But the funniest thing is that he is a former magician and stage actor. So he was able to deliver us an incredible visit! I remember him calling on the phone Princess Elettra Marconi (Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter) at the end of the visit, trying to explain what Spreaker does. We really had a lot of fun.
And makes for such a great story! What are your favourite podcasts on Spreaker?
Well, I listen to all the live game broadcasts from my hometown baseball team (Fortitudo Bologna Baseball).
What drives you crazy?
Negativity and excuses.
Last but not least, where can we find you on the internet?
Thanks again for the interview, boss!