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Ferruccio Balestreri, Co-founder of June
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #73
Ferruccio Balestreri is the Co-founder of June, the instant product analytics generator for Startups and SMBs, (part of the batch YC W21). Ferruccio shares in this interview his learning routines and favorite books.
What is your main source of inspiration?
I think Richard Feynman. He was curious, followed his interests, and didn’t take himself too seriously. He also had the ability to understand and explain things in the simplest way.
What are your learning routines?
I learn a lot by doing. So most of my learning comes from hacking ideas, both writing code and notes with ideas.
Before starting June, I read a lot too.
What are your favorite books and why?
Since last year, I loved:
1- Creating the Twentieth Century, by Vaclav Smil. It’s a book about the inventions made between 1865 and 1914, and it goes deep into explaining how they worked.
2- Edison Ss I Know Him, by Henry Ford. Edison’s biography, written by his friend Henry Ford, is short, fun, and inspiring.3- I, Pencil – by Leonard Read. There’s no mastermind, and humans coordinate in beautiful ways.
What is your favorite podcast?
I don’t listen to podcasts that much. I sometimes listen to Hardcore History, but the episodes are way too long.
How do you remember what you learn?
I let my mind decide what’s worth remembering 😅
I think, even if I forget things, the things I’ve learned pile up and change the way I think.
What would you tell the 18-year-old version of yourself?
I think I’d tell myself to build more things and go all in on them!
What is the most important thing you learned over the last 12 months?
Honestly, the past 12 months have all felt the same. I learned a lot of small things, but nothing life changing.
What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year?
I think staying at home and not having an active social life was the worst thing for me.
If you were left alone on an island and could only bring one item, what would it be?
I’d be fine with a chessboard to kill time.
But please, no, I don’t want to spend more time alone after this year.
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