Ashley 12:33
That’s amazing. Well, Alberto, do you want to add any more to your background as to what led you to ultimately ending up with RSS?

Alberto 12:41
Yeah, just if we start from the from Podcast Generator, I was back in my homeland in Italy, where I lived until I was 28. Right from zero to 28. And then I moved to Spain, because I wanted to do a PhD. And so Podcast Generator has been always on the side, you know, and in the meanwhile, I did a PhD in affective computing, which today is called emotion AI. I was working with wearable to measure psychophysiological signals from humans, which means heart rate electrodermal activity, so skin conductance, pupil size, to infer emotions. That was very interesting, kind of pioneering the field of wearable. Before Fitbit, before AppleWatch, were commercially launched, very exciting, gave me a lot of insights on how to be data driven, right.

Alberto 13:31
This is something I still use today, I still am a very data driven person. And after that, I wanted more commercial impact. So I switched. I left academia after my PhD, and I joined a startup where I was CTO for two years, we raised $45 million, especially in the United States. Then I switched to corporate in a business unit, which was Moonshot Factory. It was the equivalent of Google X but in Europe, and it’s a big corporate big, big telecommunication company $56 billion revenue as a CTO there. I also for three years I spun out Moonshot into into a company, into a real company, which raised 30 million euros, $36 million. And, and I after the spin out, I fully I was I finally decided to leave everything leave corporate, and just join RSS, which was already alive and going for a couple of years as in for myself, it was a side project, right, some, some weekends, maybe dedicated some emails, but really, I was not in the day to day ops. And that’s when I decided to join, which is actually this year. So 2021 is a big year for me. Finally, being able to work and have an impact in the podcasting industry.

Ashley 14:52
What I love so much about how diverse your backgrounds are, is that you both had so many, like Marie Forleo says, you know, you’re multi passionate entrepreneurs. And and you took all of these amazing skills and all these amazing like knowledge bases and you created something that is giving a voice that to the previously voiceless. And that’s honestly why I love RSS so much just the fact that you can you can come on you can speak into a microphone, and and you’re telling the world your story. And sure you may not have like a bunch of followers all at once, you may not have a bunch of fans. But the point is, you’re taking something as simple as a microphone and a broadcasting platform online, and you’re giving your voice to the world, you’re telling the world something. And what amazes me the most about your story is that you didn’t even meet in person until just wasn’t it just this year that you guys just met for the first time in person?

Ben 15:47
Yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous. But between COVID and between, you know, other intervening, you know, obligations and things, it just, it worked out that we met for the first time at Podcast Movement in Nashville of this, you know, August of this year. So Alberto was, he frequently would say, you know, I don’t even know how tall you are, you know, we’re always sitting down. We do our voice chats. You know, frankly, to me, that was not a hindrance in the least. Yeah, you know, I’ve, you know, in my work, there were occasions when, you know, it was all video conferencing, and it felt very comfortable to, to go into this role. Alberto’s work ethic and, you know, manner, it is just so easy to trust and to understand, in the sense that I understand culturally, you know, just as well as probably any, you know, American from Texas could. And his wife is American, and I, you know, she’s United States, born and raised. And so I think he understands me very well, too. So it just, it was a very comfortable fit from very early on. And so I didn’t ever feel like not meeting was a super big hindrance. But it was nice to finally meet.

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By MD Abdullah

Abdullah is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. She is the author of four books, including End Financial Stress Now and The Five Years Before You Retire.

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