|2012 University of Illinois at Chicago , PhD , Computer Science|
|2008 Politecnico di Milano , MS , Computer Engineering|
I want to change the world.
Foursquare, Instagram, GrubHub, GroupMe
The most rewarding aspect is to see others using your products. There's something magical in knowing that you created something that is making other people's lives more fulfilling. The most frustrating is to get to that point.
I guess everyone is different, and different entrepreneurs will make different mistakes. What's probably the most common problem, however, is to start worrying about making mistakes, worrying about not being good enough. You will make mistakes, and you will get better. Move on.
Find peace within yourself even when things are not going as you planned. It's easy to work more and more, thinking that coding day and night is the solution to your problems. It's a mistake, a big one: find the time to talk to your family and see your friends. I'm still working on this, so I don't have other lessons for now.
Andrea Vaccari is the Cofounder and CEO of Glancee, a mobile app that makes it fun and safe to meet people with common friends and similar interests. Previously he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Santa Fe Institute to investigate people's lifestyle through their interaction with digital technologies. His work has been exhibited at the MoMA in New York City and the Design Museum in Barcelona, Spain.