All started when Max Ciociola, CEO of musiXmatch, contacted me through my personal website, writing to me: “ Frank, we have to talk!”. I thought immediately that it was about a new project as i was a freelance. But suddenly i realized it was not about that.
At the time I was in a pretty particular situation: I was in contact with a Boston based startup i was working remotely for.
They wanted me to move to the USA. America. Oh yes
After their lawyer contacted me to arrange all the Visa docs Max invited me to visit musiXmatch’s office in Bologna (fucking coincidence!)
So I packed and went for a trip to Bologna.
Arrived in Bologna, after a regenerating shower in the hotel gently offered me by musiXmatch i went in their offices located exactly under the very famous Asinelli tower.
I met Max, long blond hair, similar to Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones, dazzling smile and very happy to meet me. I was too..
I already knew Max as one of the most known people in the Italian digital space: certainly this was one of the reasons for which I accepted the invite to visit their office…
After a long talk about musiXmatch and its strategy and vision, i was told by Max “We’ll pay for a B&B or Airbnb in the while you find the right place for staying. Take your time. In the while tell me all devices you need and pls make a list of all your needs”
Was amazed about their hospitality and how quickly they want me to join the company.
So i joined the company. And i’m so glad i met this amazing team.
Yes we’ve built a dream team actually and lots of amazing things are coming out and that’s so exciting for me.
So i guess you want to hear: “Stay or leave to the US?"
I think moving to USA is getting pretty complicated because of all VISA issues and on a quality of life perspective being very honest Italy is not comparable with USA.
musiXmatch is a worldwide company with traffic in more than 120 countries and has WE say on our website is “Proudly Made in Italy but enjoyed everywhere”
That said..i’ve been part of musiXmatch since last 2 months and i’m excited as i’ve met the most talented team of my life, 30 people and more … highly committed on building something cool, enjoyed by 30 million people so far in the world.
Back to the topic "Italy ? Can you make it from there?"
My response is YES. But you have to be cool and passionate.
Like all the team i met @musixmatch.