What I’m doing now

This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’ now page suggestion and his Now Now Now movement. The purpose of this page is to share my current focus. If you have your own site, you should make one, too.

Last updated: 10 May 2024.

MBA

Five modules (Strategy, Marketing, Operations Management, International Business, Accounting & Finance) out of 12 are now in the rear view mirror, and I’m now in a 2-month study break which was so needed.

The Bot Platform: how it is going

Wonderfully. Our integration with Slack is live and if you want to give it a go, feel free to get in touch. Other than that, we’re at a tricky moment in the history of our industry—with all the talking about “AI chatbots” a lot of people have a number of assumptions about what bots for internal communication should or shouldn’t do, and we’re finding that excitement in this phase is still leaving not enough space to risk assessment, management and mitigation. We’ve released an integration with OpenAI that solves a few typical customer problems, especially within training and compliance—again, get in touch and we’ll help you.

What am I wearing?

One of my not-so-secret passions is timeless, heritage menswear and accessories. I’m a denimhead through and through, I live in jeans flannels and boots (well, with the good weather maybe I’ll go with cotton/linen shirts and sneakers!), with the occasional dress-up for absolutely no reason, maybe on a Sunday.

I’ve kicked off an Instagram to document my style journey, if you’re interested it’s here ➡️ franz.wears. Give it a follow if you fancy!

Family

Vinnie is 4 and 1/2 years old now. Her full bilingualism is starting to be more and more evident as she mixes up Italian and English significantly less than before, and when she asks for a cartoon she also tells me the language she wants it in (“Babbo, can I watch Paw Patrol in Italian please?”). And if I tell her something in English she usually comes back with “Babbo, puoi parlare in italiano per favore?” (“Daddy, can you speak in Italian please?”).

Witnessing music history

While I caught the Pink Floyd bug in the year 2000 thanks to my art teacher at school (I was 15!), for a reason or another, I never saw them live. Pink Floyd as a band only performed twice since then (2005 at Live 8 and 2007 for Syd Barrett), but I’ve never even seen any of them during their solo tours. This ends this year—in June I’m going to watch Nick Mason and his band playing pre-Dark-Side Pink Floyd music. I was hoping to find a ticket for one of David Gilmour’s London shows in October but it’s been impossible (so far).

I’ve also purchased a ticket for the first show of Dream Theater with the drummer Mike Portnoy back in the band, 20 October in London. Dream Theater have been my favourite band during my late-teenage years and early 20s, it’s at one of their concerts that I met Stef, so I had to be there for their reunion, given that I only live at a short train ride from their first gig. Can’t wait!