"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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