I'm Francesco

Avid reader, restless learner, exploring the fields of Technology & Finance. Fascinated by the building-blocks our reality is based upon.

A photo of me


  • I'm focused on mastering the Software Engineering and Finance wizardries;
  • Reading, studying and learning new things is a priority;
  • Curious by default, I want to understand how things work under-the-hood;
  • Thoughtful and addicted to the multiple forms of beauty.

Okay, I want to discover more.

My adventure began in Como (Italy) the nineteenth day of January, where for the first time I felt how seeing the light was like.

I still don't know what the exact reasons behind this are, but the fact is that while growing up I got very interested about technology and scientific topics, fascinated by the underlying interconnections between everything around us. Trillions of interconnections per second, not visible at a first glance, yet ruling the whole universe.

I was thus attracted by that little grey box from which branched several cables, also called computer. I was interested on how it could be so useful in almost every field: from math to art, from games to business, able to create virtual realities and forecasts ruled by tireless algorithms.

So came my first computer: a nice Windows desktop, I was so excited about it! It served me well also to try many Frankenstein-like experiments. I enjoyed experimenting things, I felt like a mad scientist, and that feeling hasn't faded since then.

First of all, I added a transparent Plexiglas panel on its side and four (or maybe they were five) really loud fans (except for the Noctua one, that was unbelievably quiet) along with colorful led-lights (a lot of them).

I can also happily remember of a crazy trial-boot setup, running on the same hard-disk Windows, Ubuntu and macOS (branded as Mac OS X in the good old days). The boot was managed by Chameleon.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard logo
the good old Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Chameleon bootloader
Chameleon bootloader
Kext installer
Kext installer

Regarding macOS, I installed the Snow Leopard version, probably one of the best macOS version ever, I loved every single thing of that. I remember that I spent almost the entire summertime in order to make it work properly, trying to enable that damn Kext to get the Graphic Acceleration (QE/CI - Quartz Extreme / Core Image) on my GPU (that was an ATI HD5770).

During that time, I became one of the most active users on the Hackintosh forum. I really lost the count of how many times I formatted and re-installed the entire system(s) from scratch, and unfortunately it was a super time-consuming process.

After all those experiments, and with my Windows PC near to death asking me for forgiveness, I finally switched to a MacBook Pro (the colourful one with the TouchBar™, a.k.a. the late-2016 Model). No more hundreds of cables and peripherals to manage or hours spent trying to connect the printer... One of my best tech-buy.

My old desktop PC
me trying to get rid of my old friend (security first)
My new Mac
my brand-new Mac with some nerd stickers

Back to me, my childhood flowed slowly between friends, cartoons, books, games and snacks, first with the background of Oltrona, then of Colverde (both in northern Italy). As for the school, I decided to continue on the wave of my interests, studying at I.T.I.S. Magistri Cumacini, a technical public school with a very strong path on Information Technology (main subjects: Software Engineering, Systems Architecture and Telecommunications).

During my studies, with the desire to turn my gaze to something new and feed my mind, many more interests grew up inside me. For example, on the traction and success of MasterChef, I decided to experiment some weird things with food (see photos below). You can find more weird food-experiments in my old website version, where I created an apposite section branded as Food Engineering. Update: I actually recreated that section in this website too, and it looks great, check it out here!

Chicken plus caramel
chicken with caramel and lemon
Poached egg
poached eggs and toasted bread
Salmon plus eggs
salmon with salad and egg

I'm a really curious person, thus I'm usually not satisfied to just scratch the surface of things. I want to go deeper, much deeper, to discover the why of the things. Furthermore, I also like nature, a lot. It's extremely relaxing for me walking between the trees in the woods or near the lake, while taking photos of flowers and animals (or just observing them). It helps me to clear my mind and be much more focused on the important things.

That's why I love hiking. I usually go hiking once per week (sometimes more), and having moved to the beautiful Switzerland is like just having to choose where!

Saxeten (Switzerland)
Niederhorn (Switzerland)
Pizzo Stella
Pizzo Stella (northern Italy)
Oeschinensee (Switzerland)
Grindelwald (Switzerland)
Etna volcano
Etna volcano (southern Italy)

I have different interests, from Philosophy to Science, from Technology to Finance. Basically, everything that can help me to wrap my mind around our weird reality catches my attention. At the moment I'm really interested and reading a lot about finance and investments (mainly equities and strategies). I tried to combine those interests in my logo, where they are represented as abstract circular shapes (ouroboros) that interact one with each other.

During my free time, along with reading, hitting the gym and hiking, I love travelling. Seeing and feeling new places and different cultures is incredibly inspirational. That makes you see things from different angles, and the whole process truly enriches you as a person.

Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace (Vienna, Austria)
Valley of the Temples
Valley of the Temples (Sicily, Italy)
Rozenhoedkaai (Brudges, Belgium)
Paris city centre (Paris, France)
Vatican City
Vatican City (Rome, Italy)
Catania (Sicily, Italy)
Oia Santorini
Oia (Santorini, Greece)
Covent Garden
Covent Garden (London, United Kingdom)
Florence city centre
Florence city centre (Florence, Italy)

Regarding my professional experience, it is mainly about web engineering, from idea to production, and you can discover more information and details having a look at my online resume.

Interesting! What's next?