NEED A TECH STARTUP SPEAKER?
Teaching is in my DNA and helping entrepreneurs is my only goal.
I love talking to entrepreneurs in startup incubators, accelerators, boot camp events or business schools. I’m always surprised by the great ideas entrepreneurs come up with. What motivates me the most is being able to give them all a chance to succeed by sharing the know-how I gained by working with a wide variety of startups.
Smart entrepreneurs get help in startup programs. Most of the time I join as a mentor and speaker to bring technical and startup management while the programs focus on the innovation and business side of things.
Explaining technical shortcuts, making technical management accessible even without a tech background
Helping founders navigate with development budgets and technologies, and establishing relationships with providers and developers
Having so much use cases in mind allows me to inspire young entrepreneurs, sharing successful stories as well as challenges they will face down the road
I was meant to speak since 2002...
I will always remember my first day as an intern after college. I was hired as a corporate Linux teacher, to give courses to unemployed students. In my first day, I arrived on time, 9am, I shook my new manager’s hand and he said:
“The students are right behind this door, and they are waiting for you, here is your class:”
He opened a door, and inside the class room were 10 people, 25 to 50 years old, ready to listen to my course full time for the next 40 days. They were here to learn how to manage Linux servers in companies and hopefully find a job with it. Honestly, when I had applied to that internship a few months before, I had no idea of the challenge that it was going to be for me. I never thought I would be preparing my courses everynight while teaching during the day… for more than 1 month.
Then 40 days later, I was hired as an official Linux administrator teacher!
It was more than 15 years ago…
Soon I became known by larger French teaching corporations like IB formation, Orsys … etc.
I took to the stage once more in 2012
Working for an electronic payment company from 2007 to 2012, I stood up again in front of crowds when I founded my startup and performed elevator pitchs whenever I could.
Since 2014, as a startup mentor, while I enjoy giving 1 to 1 mentoring sessions, I prefer having a one to many impact on people by speaking at conferences and events. It’s a great way to share knowledge, and I get a tremendous thrill from it.
But most importantly, I love sharing stories, inviting a crowd into my world, and trying to fill the gap in communication between typical founders and techies.
Entrepreneurship & startup technical management
My favorites topics are real entrepreneur’s lives and growing team challenges. I know too well the issue of developers and startup founders that speak the same language but can’t understand each other. Situations where the initial idea is great but where founders made the wrong decision in terms of development choice, or hiring the wrong person or running into conflict with a web agency…
Unfortunately, it’s often the same scenario, where founders wasted time, money and energy trying to build a product instead of taking care of their client or audience. My goal as speaker is to make people avoid pitfalls, giving tips and management techniques to deal with difficult situations while building and growing their new business.
What motivates me the most about public speaking ?Those startup difficulties are worldwide and very common. That’s what gave me the motivation to share my knowledge with the world and switch to full English in all my communications 3 years ago. I’m grateful to be helping people on a global scale to innovate within their own culture and their own context.
I will be glad to be your speaker wherever you are to help English or French speaking entrepreneurs thrive.