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Italian Pragmatism - Bird's-eye View

Italian Pragmatism - Bird's-eye View | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it
I just returned from a week of summer vacation in Tuscany. Trying to control the calories induced by the great Italian food and wines, I was plowing through the Maremma countryside with my mountain bike when I found this speed bump on a country road.

 

It reminded me why I like Italy so much besides for its beauty, gastronomy and friendly people: its pragmatism and flexibility. While some people with high aversion to uncertainty tend to feel uncomfortable with the ways rules can be interpreted, lived and sometimes bent, and thus seem not to get too well along with life in Italy, it historically has made Italians quite successful and resilient in the face of very difficult geopolitical and economic situations throughout many centuries.

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Musulmana, 29 anni e ministro della Cultura (in Norvegia)

Musulmana, 29 anni e ministro della Cultura (in Norvegia) | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it
«Era ora». Due semplici parole per chiudere qualsiasi polemica sul nascere. Re Harald V, monarca norvegese, non ha dubbi: è un bene per il Paese che a guidare il ministero alla Cultura sia una giovane donna musulmana.
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The unsung masters of the oil industry

The unsung masters of the oil industry | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it

A TECHNIQUE called “directional drilling” has transformed the energy business. Fifteen years ago the best drillers could force a well-shaft into a gentle arc.T hese days shafts can be drilled vertically to a depth of several kilometres—then made to turn sharply and continue horizontally for up to 12km (or 7 miles).

Oilfield services (OFS) firms such as Schlumberger are the unsung workhorses of the oil industry. They do most of the heavy lifting involved in finding and extracting oil and gas. They are far less well-known than the oil firms that hire them, but immensely lucrative. Schlumberger, with headquarters in Paris and Houston, earned profits of $5 billion on revenues of $40 billion last year. Its market capitalisation has risen fourfold in the past decade, to $91 billion. That is bigger than several international oil companies, including ENI ($82 billion), Statoil ($75 billion) and Conoco-Philips ($71 billion).

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VC’s Are Not Your Friends

VC’s Are Not Your Friends | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors. At times they confuse VC’s with their friends....

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BILD erklärt die wilden Italiener

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Daniele De Rossi: Für seine Tochter Caia (7) ließ er sich Teletubby Laa-Laa auf den rechten Bizeps tätowieren.

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The Return of Soccer's Jedi

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Zeman illustrated his vision a few years ago: "Whenever we attack, all three forwards have to be in the penalty area while two of the three midfielders come forward as well. That way the opponent is pinned back. Then you put the ball in the box, and because you have more men, you have more chances of scoring. It's not rocket science. It's simple math."

 

Of course, put like that, it's simple to the point of suicidal. But the simplicity hides a complexity based on two things: fitness and movement. Zeman's teams play at a higher pace than their opponents, mainly because they train harder and longer. And they play with a stunning synchronicity of movement. Players don't pass to teammates; they pass to where they know their teammates will be, because they're always on the move.

 

Zeman's critics say he wears players out, an accusation he disputes. "My training sessions may be long, repetitive and intense, but they're fun," he said. "And when you're having fun, you don't get tired. Have you ever seen little kids running around all day long? Do they get tired?"

Everything about Zeman is unconventional. He's both bohemian and Bohemian. Born in Prague in 1947, he moved to Italy—where his uncle, Cestmir Vycpalek, was a soccer coach—shortly after Russian tanks rolled in back in 1968. Armed with a degree in sports medicine and little else—he had given up playing organized soccer at the age of 16, though he was a competitive handball player—he began coaching amateur teams in dusty Sicilian backwaters.

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What can an entrepreneur say in an investor meeting that instantly marks them as an amateur?

What can an entrepreneur say in an investor meeting that instantly marks them as an amateur? | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it

1. Revenue projections in the hundreds of millions in under 5 years.
2. Refusing to describe even high-level conceptual info about the technology or solution.
3. Not having heard of an obvious competitor.
4.[Company's valuation expectations are] based upon a discounted cash flow analysis of a pre-revenue company. 

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La disunione europea

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Amid Europe's intensifying debt crisis, a spat between banking authorities in Germany and Italy shows how Europe's carefully nourished financial ties are fraying.

 

The row kicked up last fall when German banking regulators ordered Italian bank UniCredit SpA UCG.MI +0.41% to stop borrowing billions of euros from its German subsidiary. They wanted to protect their banking system from being infected by the weaker one to the south. The move angered Italy's central bankers and sent relations between financial authorities into a nose dive.

A spat between banking authorities in Germany and Italy demonstrates how Europe's financial ties are fraying. WSJ's David Enrich explains. 

Such disputes have been flaring up across the continent, as European Union members worry that a relatively borderless financial system created in happier days now risks funneling problems from ailing countries to healthy ones.

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Ecco perchè con Internet crediamo di saperla lunga

Ecco perchè con Internet crediamo di saperla lunga | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it

«C’è gente talmente stupida che non sa di esserlo». Troppo facile attribuire l’ignoranza inconsapevole sempre agli altri. «Quella è la porzione visibile di un fenomeno più generale: per ciascuno di noi, non importa quanto competente, è intrinsecamente difficile sapere qual è l’ampiezza di ciò che non sa. È evidente quando abbiamo a che fare con una persona che sa poco e crede di sapere molto. Questo è visibile. Ciò che non vediamo è quando siamo al posto di questa persona e dobbiamo definire la nostra ignoranza più che le nostre conoscenze», ricorda Dunning. Non è quindi il caso di pensare all’incompetente ignoto (a se stesso) come a un alieno: meglio porsi la questione in prima persona. «Ci sono cose che sappiamo di sapere e cose che sappiamo di non sapere. Ma ci sono anche cose che non sappiamo di non sapere», ricorda Dunning. La sua conclusione suona socratica: «I più saggi sono in grado di delineare meglio i confini della propria ignoranza».

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Soviet collapse holds a lesson for the euro

Soviet collapse holds a lesson for the euro | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it
There are moments in history when the impossible suddenly becomes the inevitable. The European leaders attending the latest in the long procession of Brussels summits to save the euro could do worse than reflect on one of these break points.
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Why Mario Monti needs to speak truth to power

Why Mario Monti needs to speak truth to power | All roads lead to Ausfahrt | Scoop.it

Just imagine it is this Thursday evening in the European Council’s gathering of Europe’s heads of state, and the Italian prime minister stands up and says this:

 

“Mr President, dear colleagues. We are confronted with a simple choice: we can today either save the euro and build the foundation for a future political union, or we could flunk it and achieve neither. We all know what we need to do to save the euro. We require a banking union for Spain, a fiscal union for Italy and a political union for Germany.

 

“We can, of course, disagree on details. But we have to settle some of these differences this weekend, and take a decision on the steps that are needed right now. Our crisis resolution policies have failed time and again. We now need something that works fast. If we fail, I can assure you that I can no longer be part of this group, and my country can no longer be part of this project.”

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La disunione europea

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Amid Europe's intensifying debt crisis, a spat between banking authorities in Germany and Italy shows how Europe's carefully nourished financial ties are fraying.

 

The row kicked up last fall when German banking regulators ordered Italian bank UniCredit SpA UCG.MI +0.41% to stop borrowing billions of euros from its German subsidiary. They wanted to protect their banking system from being infected by the weaker one to the south. The move angered Italy's central bankers and sent relations between financial authorities into a nose dive.

A spat between banking authorities in Germany and Italy demonstrates how Europe's financial ties are fraying. WSJ's David Enrich explains. 

Such disputes have been flaring up across the continent, as European Union members worry that a relatively borderless financial system created in happier days now risks funneling problems from ailing countries to healthy ones.

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