Startup CTO for Growth

Sharing experience and knowledge is my real passion.
What I love the most is to share a point of view, not specifically in a top-down manner, but more about what works and what doesn’t, and about always being willing to learn from other people’s experiences.
Every piece of content you’ll find here has been created based on a real situation.

January 2019: Personal retrospective

I’ve shared in my strategy post at the beginning of the year that this 2019, my focus is going to be on simplification and optimization by completely shifting my business from offline to online. In 2018, more than 80% of my work was generated through online mentoring. My goal in 2019 is to make it close to 100% online.

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The true value of motivation for a startup founder

It’s not always easy being the eager beaver, especially after all the punches startup life throws at you, it’s only human to get overwhelmed and want to give up trying. But in those hard times, that’s where the good stuff happens, where people show their true colors, what they’re made of and move forward. Today I want to talk about motivation and how to hold on it throughout your startup journey.

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2019 Growth strategy and plan: You’ve got everything here

Each year is an opportunity to reflect on where we are and where we want to be next. I had a bit of difficulty in doing this exercise this year because I haven’t yet defined where I will be physically in 2019. The shift is in progress, and moving MyCTOfriend to a fully remote business is almost done. Today I will share with you the entire strategy that I’ve been working on these past two weeks. It might be a bit long, but you’ve got everything.

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December 2018: Personal retrospective

December was a crazy month, from a professional and personal perspective. It’s been three years since I started publishing every year what my goals are, and sharing my vision of my ideal lifestyle and the way I want to help startups. For now, more than just reviewing last month’s goals, I’m going to review the goals I shared in January 2018 on this blog as well as on LinkedIn. The results are just incredible, and I’m now ready to take off with my desired lifestyle.

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Why is it so hard to talk with developers?

I get this question on a regular basis, and it’s true. It’s rare to find developers that are on the same page on everything with their founder. Communication in a relationship is hardly easy, but this interdisciplinary work relation proves to be particularly challenging. Today we’re asking “why?”. Why does it feel like you’re speaking different languages?

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The startup founder and personal branding (Part 2)

Last week we took a look at the situation of a startup founder I mentored that had credited all of his first cash’s success to his personal image rather than to the merit of his product. This week we’re picking up where we left off and tackling how you should start building your personal brand, and to what extent should it lead your startup’s image.

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The startup founder and personal branding (Part 1)

I recently mentored a certain startup, a very smart SaaS platform for the consulting industry. They were able to generate their first $10,000 fairly quickly, which led me to ask the founder: “Did your clients sign up for the service because of the product or because of you?” His answer: “Because of me.” Is this a good or a bad thing?

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November 2018: Personal retrospective

I was such in a productive/overwhelm mode that I almost forgot to share what I’ve been up to in November. A few years ago, I wrote down my vision—my WHY: “I want to help the world innovate along its different cultures.” This is exactly what I did during the past month, teaching innovation management at the MBA program of IAE Montpellier (at Montpellier University).

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Can a trainee handle my startup’s development?

I’ve heard it more than once: I don’t have much money for development. Could I get an intern to develop my solution for me? I’ll be honest. Those are indeed treacherous waters of which non-technical founders have to be especially careful. If you haven’t managed developers before, and your candidates haven’t taken part of any projects by themselves, there are just too many things that could go sideways in that relationship. However, it isn’t entirely hopeless. Today I’ll share with you how you can make the most out of internships, minimize risks, and get a good product out of it.

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How to manage your first developer

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: first-time startup founders, without technical co-founders by their side, want to hire a developer on their own. But regardless if they go for freelance, a trainee or a senior developer, the founder ends up being in way over his or her head. They have no idea how to manage a developer, how to communicate their ideas to them, how to keep track of their work, etc.

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Project planning: Startup style

There are thousands of ways to plan a project. This article covers the basic process I suggest for planning a startup project. The techniques here will help you plan for your startup journey, keeping you on-track and focused to achieve your dream company.

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October 2018: Personal retrospective

Another month has just gone by, and I hope you had some great achievements in October. Right now I’m flying back from the Youpreneur Summit London, an amazing event dedicated to personal branding. It’s difficult to describe how helpful this event was, and how smart and caring the people were. My biggest takeaway from the event is, again, to FOCUS on what works and what I like. It reinforced the idea that my coaching program is the best way for me to help people—be it followers, long-term clients, etc. All successful online entrepreneurs do some coaching at some point, and it’s very useful to share our methodologies with each other.

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5 Focus areas for startup innovation

A startup founder’s time is the most valuable thing he or she has, and unfortunately, it is also the most wasted resource in early-stage startups. When you’re striving to provide an innovative product or service, you need to make sure your time in doing so is well spent. So today I bring you five areas on which to focus your efforts when innovating, and the tools to set you on the right path.

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How to systematically integrate innovation into your process

I’ve talked a lot about innovation in the last two posts. Two weeks ago we tackled what innovation really means for your startup, and last week, how you can promote innovation within your company. Today we keep the ball rolling by learning how you can establish a system that consistently sparks ideas and manages these ideas properly for refinement, and later, implementation.

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