5 Questions with Tommaso Tamburnotti, Co-founder of Easyship

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Tommaso Tamburnotti (pictured on the left, Reuben Philip Abraham centre, Augustin Ceyrac on the right) is a Co-Founder of Easyship, a platform that offers on-demand logistics solution to eCommerce sellers. Tommaso started his career in investment banking, working for Nomura, in the equity derivatives team based in London.

After that, he spent 2 years as Marketplace Director at Rocket Internet, setting up the team and operations in Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

Easyship is currently in Blueprint’s first batch.

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Why Bitcoin Should Matter to You and Hong Kong

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Almost everything in our life has been impacted by technology that changes the way we do things to be better, faster, cheaper, safer, and smarter—be it in transportation, architecture, communication, etc.

But, if we truly live in a globally-connected world, why are we still paying high middle-man fees, while our banking transactions still take around 3+ business days to go through (and God forbid if your signature on that bank document is slightly off for some reason that day)? There should be a smarter and safer way to make transactions.

In some ways, Hong Kong’s MTR-issued Octopus card has made daily purchases frictionless and fast. Making payments in bitcoins can be just as convenient, and unlike the Octopus that is only useful within the borders of Hong Kong, bitcoins work pretty much like cash without borders. You can use bitcoins to pay anyone in the world in any amount you desire, instantly—even to reload your overseas bank account or pay off that college loan you took out while studying abroad, at a fraction of the cost of traditional wire transfers. “Huge” would be an understatement when talking about the potential that the Bitcoin protocol has in disrupting the world of finance.

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Startup Lessons Worth Listening To. Maybe.

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You have an idea, a prototype, you’ve launched an MVP or are now public. Customers are knocking on your door, so are investors…or maybe not. You’re probably planning now to hustle hard and get off the ground. First, a bit of background:

Back in February, we proudly announced our global group of angel investors, including Infoseek founder Steve Kirsch, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra, and Hootsuite CEO and founder Ryan Holmes. People always ask how we were able to secure our advisors and investors.

It was NOT an overnight process.

There’s been blood, sweat and tears (okay, more sweat than tears), sleepless nights and countless caffeine refills on Notey’s way to winning HK CoCoon’s Pitchnight, becoming a finalist at New York Techweek, and being featured on Techcrunch and Product Hunt.

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

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