Born and raised in France, I've always loved technical stuff and got an engineering degree in 2011.
I began working as a business developper in an engineering company, expanding the business in Nothern France by getting new customers and hiring new engineers. After two years, I got tired of it and was willing to remotivate myself by launching my first company.
I started Finance Up in 2013. This first venture lasted for 2 years, before I had to shut it down. We managed to help a young company from Reims, Ambassade 1927, to raise its first seed round with a dozen or so investors, but the business model was too precarious to hope making a decent living someday.
During this period, I've met the cofounder of my next venture, Wirate. We started discussing on the project in 2014, and launched in 2015. Today the company is still on tracks, but I'm no longer involed in its operation nor in its captable. Different views about what should the project be and how to develop it led me to the conclusion that the best thing both for me and the project was to let it go.
With my first company, I made a lot of mistakes. With the second, I also made a lot, but different. I couldn't regret my choices, and what has been done, because I feel extremely lucky to have been able to experience so much, in such a short period of time. I'm surfing on a steep learning curve since 2013, and I don't want to end for any reason. The knowledge I've gained with these experiences is huge, either in business, psychology, life philosophy or social relationships.
I now spend most of my time programming (mostly in Python, but also in C/C++) either for clients or for myself, and improving my data science skills, working on different projects involving Machine Learning or Deep Learning challenges. If you're interested in what I'm doing professionnaly, you can find me on LinkedIn.
Ryan Hoover from ProductHunt made me discover the following quote, which is now one of my favorite, perfectly illustrating my feelings:
When you look back at yourself six months from today and don’t feel embarrassed by your naïveté, there’s a problem. That means you’re not learning.
I play the guitar since I was 15. Music is a big passion, and my favorite musicians / bands / composers are (in no particular order):
The Beatles, Guns N' Roses, Marcus Miller, Pink Floyd, Beethoven, Queen, Supertramp, Metallica, Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepelin, J-S. Bach, Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Rush, Steve Vai, Chopin...
I purposely mixed all genres in my list: diversity is the spice of life, as much as it is in any artistic realm.
I love cinema. My favorite directors are Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Joel & Ethan Coen, Martin Scorcese and Sergio Leone. Check out my Letterboxd profile and follow me if you're interested!
I don't know much about painting, but I'd love to learn more and my favorite painter is Pablo Picasso.
My biggest "life influences" are Rafael Nadal for his mental strenght, fair-play and humility, Alexandre Astier for his incredible and diverse talents in composing, writing, acting... and Elon Musk for his boldness, commitment and vision of the world. If you can introduce me to one of them, I owe you, definitely.
The historical figure I admire the most would certainly be Winston Churchill.
I like playing tennis, even if I'm not that good at it (for the moment...)
I'm desperately eager to learn and understand anything, from science to systems, from philosophy to sociology, from History to art... This is why I try to read as much as I can.