TB Members Calling #38 | Mauro Ponzè: “Trust in the benefits of hard work and dedication to labour”
Mauro Ponzè (Cagliari, Italy, 1973) is CEO of Numen Technologies, a cybersecurity solutions developer based in Barcelona. With a degree in Business Administration and more than 20 years of experience in business project management, he has worked in a multitude of sectors and international contexts: Europe (Italy and Spain), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia and Peru), USA and Africa.
“The heterogeneity of my professional experiences, both as a consultant and as a manager, has allowed me to develop skills in the application of business model design methodologies, an area I am constantly researching to update the contents I teach at the University of Cagliari”.
TB: What is the purpose of your project?
MP: Numentech’s goal is to develop cyber security solutions that are reliable, accessible and easy to implement, and therefore within the reach of companies that do not have a high level of technical or financial expertise.
TB: A good idea you have had.
MP: Focusing the development of our solutions on a market segment that is increasingly vulnerable and exposed to cybersecurity risks: SMEs. This sector is traditionally the one least served by the main players.
TB: A bad professional experience.
MP: I don’t remember one in particular… Rather, I remember several in which my interlocutors have not been sufficiently transparent or ethical in the development of a project or collaboration. But I still think that a few disappointments – which I have had and will certainly have in the future – will not lead me to change my style of managing relationships.
TB: The best advice you’ve ever been given.
MP: That work always pays off and, therefore, we must trust in the benefits that dedication to work will always bring.
TB: An inspiration.
MP: Tim Brown, CEO of design consultancy IDEO.
TB: A technology that will shape the future.
MP: There are several that will have a very considerable impact, but the one that can really revolutionise our existences is biotechnology. In particular, I am referring to all the applications that have enabled and will enable genetic manipulation for curing diseases, producing sustainable fuels and even creating intelligent tissues.
TB: What are you worried about?
MP: The inability or non-existence of contemporary ‘governances’ to manage the level of global complexity.
TB: A startup.
TB: A book to recommend.
MP: “Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter” by Simon Robins.
TB: A series, film or song that defines your moment in life.
MP: There are days when I feel like the character Mastroianni in the film “8½”, but fortunately there are many others that remind me of situations from “Hollywood Party”.
TB: A recipe, a meal, a restaurant.
MP: Moqueca. Peruvian. The Uribou.
TB: A city, a journey.
MP: Rio de Janeiro in autumn, New York in spring. Maybe a long one I did in Patagonia…. But there are many of which I have precious memories.
TB: Where would you invest 100k?
MP: On a sailing boat.
TB: And a million euros?
MP: In the most interesting projects you find in Circa5000.
TB: If you were not an entrepreneur…
MP: Maybe I would go into teaching and farming.
TB: What is Tech Barcelona for you?
MP: A fantastic hub.
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