BAIA – 2019 Start Up Review

Business Association Italy America

Sponsored Event | February.19.2020 | 6pm - 8pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Orrick San Francisco - Cafe

Orrick is hosting the Business Association Italy America's 2019 Startup Review on February 19, 2020 in San Francisco.

BAIA, in collaboration with Orrick, will host a moderated panel style event featuring two Italian founders who had their respective Silicon Valley tech companies acquired in 2019. The panel will feature Simone Brunozzi, founder of Cloud Academy Inc., and Mattia Pavoni, founder of Tooso Inc. Cloud Academy, developed an e-learning platform for programmers, and it was acquired by QA in June 2019. Tooso developed a retail analytics software solution, and it was acquired by Coveo in July 2019. The panelists will share with us their personal stories, and the challenges they had to go through to achieve their exits. We will also learn how, contrary to a popular belief sometimes held in Italy, selling the company and not just raising capital is what ultimately matters, and why raising less than more can be better for founders. The panel will be moderated by Matteo Daste, co-founder of BAIA and partner at Orrick.


  • Technology Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk

Matteo Daste Partner Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets


Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group and the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs.

Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

As the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk, he is active in advising companies and investors in a variety of cross border transactions between Europe and United States, primarily in the technology sector.

Matteo’s past experience also includes representing issuers in both registered and exempt public offerings, and exchange listings. He has been involved in structuring bridge and equity financing deals, and in representing financial institutions in restructuring transactions.

Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian Parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both domestically and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jonkoping University in Sweden.

Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.