Francesca Gargaglia

Francesca Gargaglia

Founder and COO - Amity

Francesca Gargaglia is the COO and co-founder of Amity, a tech company that builds ready to use social features that companies can easily incorporate in their websites and app to create their own communities.

What’s unique about Amity is that even though the company was started very recently, it already has a very global feel: it has over 250 employees, of 30 nationalities, and it has offices in Thailand, Italy, the UK and the US. The companymirrors the personality and experience of Francesca. She is a relatively young founder, but she has lived and worked in four continents already.

In our conversation we discuss how her experiences working abroad in several countries have shaped her into the leader she is, and helped her face the challenges of building a globally distributed high-growth startup.


[spp-timestamp time="01:36"] – What makes Amity unique.

[spp-timestamp time="02:25"] – Francesca shares how her travel led to the introductions that birthed Amity.

[spp-timestamp time="04:05"] – The travel experience that changed everything for Francesca.

[spp-timestamp time="06:20"] – Francesca shares how the variety of experiences in her career and her travels shaped her as a leader.

[spp-timestamp time="08:00"] – How the elements of being a passionate expert fed into her work at startup Amity.

[spp-timestamp time="09:56"] – Francesca shares how studying law helped her provide a structured framework for the growing team around her.

[spp-timestamp time="11:17"] – How her curiosity and desire to create a significant impact led to Francesca’s entrepreneurial path.

[spp-timestamp time="14:08"] – Amity’s fast trek growth from its roots in Bangkok to Milan, London, and the US.

[spp-timestamp time="15:34"] – How Amity grew from a group of passionate people who wanted to change the world of social networking to a company bound by a set of core values.

[spp-timestamp time="18:00"] – Francesca shares how the name Amity, meaning friendship, is embedded in the company’s culture.

[spp-timestamp time="19:22"] – Measuring success by measuring the impact of Amity’s product on the end user and by personal growth.

[spp-timestamp time="21:30"] – How being a woman in a male-dominated industry made Francesca more eager to keep pushing forward to prove herself.

[spp-timestamp time="23:46"] – Francesca shares her secret sauce of leadership.

[spp-timestamp time="25:55"] – Why she hires people with a focus on soft skills and a flair for accountability.

[spp-timestamp time="28:28"] – Amity’s mission to help organizations curate a positive social network to deliver a quality experience to their community.

[spp-timestamp time="31:13"] – Where you can learn more about Amity and its mission to help companies worldwide use their technology to connect.

[spp-timestamp time="31:47"] – How Francesca’s background and love of travel feed into the multicultural diversity of Amity.

[spp-timestamp time="33:20"] -Francesca shares the business expression she finds the most inauthentic.

[spp-timestamp time="34:21"] – Francesca shares her food obsession, that’s a nod to her Italian culture.

[spp-timestamp time="36:41"] – Credits


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Instagram: @fragargaglia



Instagram: @amity_hq


YouTube: @Amity – YouTube


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