I became an engineer because math was fun and because the French education system pushes people who enjoy the company of numbers, just like me, toward engineering careers.
At first, programming was just another way to solve puzzles. When I graduated, I realized I could rebrand it as software engineering and turn my hobby into my job.
Fifteen years later, contributing to open-source projects is still a hobby, when I can make time for it — with three kids, this is harder than it used to be.
After an internship at Zonbu, a Silicon Valley start-up, I felt the need to get a better understanding of business. I joined Polyconseil, a telecom & media consulting company with a successful spin-off, Wifirst. There, I didn’t do consulting and I didn’t do a spin-off. However, I managed an emerging software engineering practice. Along the way, I became a Django core developer.
Five years later, I wanted to explore a broader range of skills. I became the CTO of Oscaro, the e-commerce leader for spare auto parts in France.
Then, I felt ready to start my own business. I created a consultancy around Python and Django. Getting my first client through inbound marketing on Twitter and then getting my first invoice paid felt great: I had bootstrapped a business!
Shortly thereafter, I co-founded Otherwise, an InsurTech start-up. We were making insurance more simple, transparent, fair, and human by creating communities and by redistributing fees that didn’t compensate damages.
In 2017, my first boss reached out to me and asked me to manage an engineering department at CANAL+, where he was the CTO. The group was undergoing major changes and there was a bit of turnover. I’m always in for a good management challenge! I spent the next three years shaping new management practices in the data, digital, and IT teams. We optimized how we worked together and with all business stakeholders.
And today the story repeats itself: someone I managed in my very first team, who now works at Qonto, asked me if I would be interested in managing him again… 👀