Funambol is one of the most important open source projects worldwide, not only for the number of participants, but also for an extremely lucid and targeted business plan.
Making the push email and wireless synchronization features finally available even to ordinary mortals, completely free based on advertising, still offering these paid and large-scale services to Internet providers, telephony operators and companies.
The brilliant all-Italian idea for the precision of Fabrizio Capobianco born in Valtellina, graduated in Pavia and soon a worker in Silicon Valley. Here Fabrizio finds the right ground for his ideas and the capital needed to finance a unique project of its kind.
Today Funambol has a main development center in Pavia, with Italian minds and programmers and a branch in the Valley. Funambol's free solutions are available for most cell phones on the market, including the iPhone, and have existed long before Apple launched the MobileMe project and services. Fabrizio lives with one foot in Italy, another in the Valley and for a long time on a plane: Macity managed to interview him at high altitude.
The story and the answers of Fabrizio Capobianco, born in 1970, are illuminating in many aspects. On the world of technology and open source, of course, but also on Apple, the Apple products and on the importance of the push mail and wireless synchronization services offered by Funambol for some time and now targeted by Cupertino with fluctuating results.
Finally, the ideas and the project of Fabrizio and his Italian-American team also have something to tell about the Italian school system, in particular the universities and the increasingly technological world of work and in which Italians could play a more consistent.