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Open Enterprise Interview: Fabrizio Capobianco

Jan 23, 2008, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

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"GM: When and how did you set up Funambol? Why are its headquarters in the US, even though you are Italian? Would things be any different if you were starting today, and how can we make Europe a better place for startups?

"FC: Funambol was founded in Italy in 2002, following the creation of the Sync4j (synchronization for Java) open source project in 2001. In 2005, we received venture funding in the US and moved the headquarters to Silicon Valley, even though the vast majority of our R&D remains in Italy. The company name is derived from the Italian word 'funambolo', which means tightrope walker. We chose the name Funambol as we strongly believe that we must constantly balance between the needs of our open source community and our commercial customers..."

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