22 Dec 1995: Friday Past reads 002

At age 21, Akropolys, the company I started when I was 14, made a partnership with one of the first Internet provides to open Wlove, the fist internet point in my city. While this did happen more than a quarter of a century ago, what is interesting to notice, is that the person that, from my company, was set to be the manager for Wlove, is Luca Gobbo. If you check his current LinkedIn profile, you may notice that is a co-founder of Blockchain Zoo, the company I am CEO at the time I am writing this blog post (5th of June 2020). Sometime friendships and partnership last a lifetime!

Italiano (original language)English (translated)
Dopocena con InternetAfter dinner with the Internet
Si chiama <<Wlove>>, sarà un locale telematico, con sede in Via Manin 5 a Mestre, dal quale si potrà viaggiare virtualmente attraverso la rete internet in tutto il mondo, e sarà inaugurato sabato prossimo alle 16.00. Wlove è il frutto di una collaborazione tra GPNet, provider per il veneto di Internet, Akropolys, software house mestrina esperta nel multimediale, e la GP Pellegrini. In cosa consisterà <<Wlove>>?
Sarà un centro Internet e non solo: ci saranno 5 posti computer collegati alla rete mondiale che potranno essere utilizzati per qualsiasi funzione di Internet, dalla posta elettronica alla ricerca, dallo scaricamento di file all’ascolto di musica e cd.
I cinque computer saranno collegati in rete e quindi utilizzabili anche per videogiochi tipo scacchi o Doom. Sarà disponibile una biblioteca di cdrom di vario argomento: sport, musica, arte, spettacoli, cinema… Infine oltre a chi vorrà usare od a viaggiare nell’autostrada mondiale di Internet, Wlove sarà aperto a chiunque avrà bisogno di un computer per un qualsiasi motivo, per battersi un curriculum o una lettera o altro. Il responsabile del centro, che resterà aperto dalle ore 8.30 del mattino fino all’uscita dell’ultimo cliente, sarà Luca Gobbo di Akropolys. Indirizzato ai giovani che frequentano la scuola, l’università e la piazza, Wlove è una sfida ai mestrini. Si prevede inoltre un’apertura ache a Venezia.
It is called “Wlove” and it will be an online place located in via Manin, 5 Mestre. To be inaugurated next Saturday at 16:00 hours, the place will offer virtual travel all over the world through the internet.
Wlove is the brainchild of a cooperation between GPNet, internet provider for the Veneto region, Akropolys a Mestre-based software house with multimedia expertise and GP Pellegrini.
What will Wlove be like? Definitely not just an internet center: there will be 5 computer stations connected to the world-wide net to be used for any internet function from email to research, downloading of files and listening to music and CD.
The five computers shall be connected online and therefore also provide videogames such as Chess and Doom. There will also be a library of cd-rom on a variety of subjects such as: sport, music, art, performances, movies…
Finally, in addition to those who wish to travel the global internet highway, Wlove will be open to anyone needing the use of a computer for any reason: to type a CV, or a letter or anything. Luca Gobbo of Akropolys shall be in charge of the center that will remain open from 8:30 in the morning till the last user decides to go home. Targeted to young people still at school, university or just hanging loose, Wlove is a challenge for the people of Mestre. A Venice opening is also on the cards.
The flyer used to promote Wlove, designed by the artist Maurizio Ercole

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