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The social innovators' radar - Jean-Marc Guesné, Ashoka (France Country Lead)
ashoka.org

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP / SOCIAL INNOVATION / ASHOKA

 Hear how Jean-Marc Guesné, a highly creative, inspired and successful social entrepreneur for 7 years in Asia was spotted by global social innovation network Ashoka and ended up with a top role in the organization.  In our discussion Jean-Marc not only shares the criterias Ashoka is looking at when selecting social initiatives to support, but also develops his own vision on how to effectively address some of the world's major challenges.

Hear how Jean-Marc Guesné, a highly creative, inspired and successful social entrepreneur for 7 years in Asia was spotted by global social innovation network Ashoka and ended up with a top role in the organization.

In our discussion Jean-Marc not only shares the criterias Ashoka is looking at when selecting social initiatives to support, but also develops his own vision on how to effectively address some of the world's major challenges.


Bitcoin 101: the trust factor - Jonathan Chester, Bitwage (Founder & President)
bitwage.com

Bitcoin / blockchain / numa PARIS

 A true pioneer Jonathan Chester has been involved in the Bitcoin / Blockchain ecosystem since 2013 and has been contributing to Forbes on the subject since 2015. His company Bitwage was named a top 7 blockchain companies in the US and top 21 in the world. In this episode Jonathan speaks about his hopes and scepticism around cryptocurrencies and the blockchain and lets us in on his predictions for 2018.

A true pioneer Jonathan Chester has been involved in the Bitcoin / Blockchain ecosystem since 2013 and has been contributing to Forbes on the subject since 2015. His company Bitwage was named a top 7 blockchain companies in the US and top 21 in the world. In this episode Jonathan speaks about his hopes and scepticism around cryptocurrencies and the blockchain and lets us in on his predictions for 2018.


Beyond ego and money - HJ Barraza, Collective Academy 
(Co-founder)
collectiveacademy.co

Education  /  social entrepreneurship  /  numa PARIS

 It’s a very different challenge teaching entrepreneurship to immigrants that come to Mexico City than to Guerrilla fighters who grew up in the jungle, who don’t know how to read or write and only know how to count money, guns and bullets says HJ as he explains what Collective Academy sets out to achieve from Station F for the migrant community arriving in Europe. A life changing experience that has HJ reflect on his own career path and personal motivations from Mexico to Paris.

It’s a very different challenge teaching entrepreneurship to immigrants that come to Mexico City than to Guerrilla fighters who grew up in the jungle, who don’t know how to read or write and only know how to count money, guns and bullets says HJ as he explains what Collective Academy sets out to achieve from Station F for the migrant community arriving in Europe. A life changing experience that has HJ reflect on his own career path and personal motivations from Mexico to Paris.


When going bananas is your best option - Shirley Billot, Kadalys (Founder)
www.kadalys.com

FOOD TECH / SOCIAL / BEAUTY

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Wisdom of the pig - Séverine Roy & Lou Gilquin, Scarlett MBEM (Co-founders)
scarlett

MINDFULNESS / EDUCATION

 This episode is not only for those who think animals can play a great role in our lives, but also for anyone interested in the topics of coaching, mindfulness, HR, relationships and collaboration in a professional environment and heaps more !  Listen to Severine and Lou describe a different way to fight prejudices, change irgid mindsets and increase creativity, engagement and collective productivity all the way from business schools to big corporate leadership boards.  We are pleased to introduce you to Scarlett, co-founder and chief guru of the Therapig movement !

This episode is not only for those who think animals can play a great role in our lives, but also for anyone interested in the topics of coaching, mindfulness, HR, relationships and collaboration in a professional environment and heaps more !

Listen to Severine and Lou describe a different way to fight prejudices, change irgid mindsets and increase creativity, engagement and collective productivity all the way from business schools to big corporate leadership boards.

We are pleased to introduce you to Scarlett, co-founder and chief guru of the Therapig movement !


A dose of good vibes makes a difference - Carole Danancher, AllVibes
(CEO & Co-founder)
allvibes.io

Growth hacking  /  video /  edhec incubator

 When searching for a hotel, a place to eat or a city to visit, Carole Danancher was frustrated with the long written reviews, which often were anonymous, outdated and most of the time fake. In the way she describes how she came up to create AllVibes with her 3 partners, Carole perfectly illustrates the difference between a traditional, corporate approach and an entrepreneurial approach, from identifying and addressing a market opportunity to building a user community from the ground up and improving an experience she has known herself better than anyone else.

When searching for a hotel, a place to eat or a city to visit, Carole Danancher was frustrated with the long written reviews, which often were anonymous, outdated and most of the time fake. In the way she describes how she came up to create AllVibes with her 3 partners, Carole perfectly illustrates the difference between a traditional, corporate approach and an entrepreneurial approach, from identifying and addressing a market opportunity to building a user community from the ground up and improving an experience she has known herself better than anyone else.


From the Arts school to leading one of the world’s top AI startups - Jasmine Anteunis, Recast.AI (Co-founder)
recast.ai

AI  /  42 school  /  PARTNERSHIP

 Paris is quickly becoming known to be the place to watch when it comes to Artificial intelligence. Today we catch up with one of the hottest AI startups, Recast and her co-founder Jasmine. From the arts to coding, it is for all a matter of getting inspired, creative and developing problem solving skills along with a vision according to the young CTO. This and a few of other ingredients we get to tackle may well make Recast’s co-founders dream of playing in the same league as the GAFAs come true.

Paris is quickly becoming known to be the place to watch when it comes to Artificial intelligence. Today we catch up with one of the hottest AI startups, Recast and her co-founder Jasmine. From the arts to coding, it is for all a matter of getting inspired, creative and developing problem solving skills along with a vision according to the young CTO. This and a few of other ingredients we get to tackle may well make Recast’s co-founders dream of playing in the same league as the GAFAs come true.


Where Amazon and VentePrivée could not go - Ingrid Chaines, Shopîles (Founder)
shopiles.fr

online shopping  /  vente privee  

 A native from French Guadeloupe, Ingrid recounts what it has been like for her to start a corporate career and how many years after playing an entrepreneurship game with an inspirational teacher she finally decided to quit her job and start her own e-commerce business between mainland France and remote places across the globe. On this episode we also tackle the specifics of the French Overseas Territories startup scene - Guadeloupe, Martinique, Tahiti, French Guyana, New Caledonia, Reunion Island,etc - represented by the Outremer Network incubator at Station F and other topics like being a woman in tech nowadays in France.

A native from French Guadeloupe, Ingrid recounts what it has been like for her to start a corporate career and how many years after playing an entrepreneurship game with an inspirational teacher she finally decided to quit her job and start her own e-commerce business between mainland France and remote places across the globe. On this episode we also tackle the specifics of the French Overseas Territories startup scene - Guadeloupe, Martinique, Tahiti, French Guyana, New Caledonia, Reunion Island,etc - represented by the Outremer Network incubator at Station F and other topics like being a woman in tech nowadays in France.


Where happiness defines success - Victoria Arfi, OurCompany (Community Manager)
ourcompanyapp.com

WORKpLACE happiness  /  growth hacking

 Hold Tight chats with the community manager from OurCompany, the French startup that focuses on well-being at work. Victoria explains to us how adding happiness as a KPI can be a real game changer in a company’s performance.

Hold Tight chats with the community manager from OurCompany, the French startup that focuses on well-being at work. Victoria explains to us how adding happiness as a KPI can be a real game changer in a company’s performance.

From stealing cars and ending up in jail to securing cars and ending up at Station F - Tally Fofana, DigiTall Paris (Founder)

FIGHTERS PROGRAM / AUTOMOILE / SECURITY

 It is a pretty long way to the top, especially when you have to start from the bottom again. We had the privilege to sit with Tally and hear his incredible story, with a journey starting in an underprivileged suburban area north of Paris, that would soon lead him on a dangerous path.     A passionate child dreaming to go to space and loving cars from his young age, Tally was drawn early on to stealing the cars he could not afford and sell them to make a living as his family's situation was getting worse.  But who said life did not give second chances ? Listen to Tally explain the transformational experience he went through at a time he could have felt hopeless and lonely, and how he instead managed to get out of a vicious circle and find his new path forward.     A truly inspirational conversation bringing hope and a different vision for our society. No less !

It is a pretty long way to the top, especially when you have to start from the bottom again. We had the privilege to sit with Tally and hear his incredible story, with a journey starting in an underprivileged suburban area north of Paris, that would soon lead him on a dangerous path.


A passionate child dreaming to go to space and loving cars from his young age, Tally was drawn early on to stealing the cars he could not afford and sell them to make a living as his family's situation was getting worse.

But who said life did not give second chances ? Listen to Tally explain the transformational experience he went through at a time he could have felt hopeless and lonely, and how he instead managed to get out of a vicious circle and find his new path forward.


A truly inspirational conversation bringing hope and a different vision for our society. No less !


From Silicon to Social Valley - Tom Wilscam, Venture Académie (Founder)
ventureacademie.com

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP / SOCIAL INNOVATION / ASHOKA

 Tom is applying to join Station F with Venture Academie, his hybrid model startup helping refugees invent their future in France. An inspired surfer, traveller and entrepreneur, who left Silicon Valley for Paris more than a decade ago and never went back, Tom also shares his views on social entrepreneurship, why he thinks Paris is today the epicenter of the sharing economy, his definition of happiness and many other inspiring tips for social entrepreneurs and change makers you won't want to miss !

Tom is applying to join Station F with Venture Academie, his hybrid model startup helping refugees invent their future in France. An inspired surfer, traveller and entrepreneur, who left Silicon Valley for Paris more than a decade ago and never went back, Tom also shares his views on social entrepreneurship, why he thinks Paris is today the epicenter of the sharing economy, his definition of happiness and many other inspiring tips for social entrepreneurs and change makers you won't want to miss !


A limited internet access does not have to mean a limited access to education - Shivi Chandra, Learning Equality (Global Curriculum Specialist)

 We caught up with Shivi during the Global TechFugees Summit at Station F in the fall of 2017 for her first ever podcast experience ! Shivi shares the takeaways of a personal journey that took her from Washington DC and the Public Policy world all the way to Southern California's Social Innovation Startup movement, which today leads her to visit Paris and meet with hundreds of like-minded social change evangelists at Station F. This discussion with Shivi offers a great dive into Education Technology product development processes as well as a reflection on the different startup cultures and forces for social change in Europe and the US.

We caught up with Shivi during the Global TechFugees Summit at Station F in the fall of 2017 for her first ever podcast experience ! Shivi shares the takeaways of a personal journey that took her from Washington DC and the Public Policy world all the way to Southern California's Social Innovation Startup movement, which today leads her to visit Paris and meet with hundreds of like-minded social change evangelists at Station F. This discussion with Shivi offers a great dive into Education Technology product development processes as well as a reflection on the different startup cultures and forces for social change in Europe and the US.


From refugee to journalist - Rania Mustafa Ali, Escape from Syria (Documentary Film Maker)
Escape From Syria

Migration / TECHFUGEES / FILM

 Back in her hometown of Raqqa, Syria Rania dreamt of becoming a doctor, but when Isis arrives she is forced to flee, leaving her family and world behind. At 20 years old she ceases the opportunity to film her journey from Syria to Austria for the Guardian. A unique inside documentary that gathered millions of viewers, on the terrible experiences refugees go through when they manage to survive and make it into Europe. We were lucky to catch up with Rania and get her perspective on the whole experience, refugees crisis and potential solutions during the TechFugees global summit held at Station F.

Back in her hometown of Raqqa, Syria Rania dreamt of becoming a doctor, but when Isis arrives she is forced to flee, leaving her family and world behind. At 20 years old she ceases the opportunity to film her journey from Syria to Austria for the Guardian. A unique inside documentary that gathered millions of viewers, on the terrible experiences refugees go through when they manage to survive and make it into Europe. We were lucky to catch up with Rania and get her perspective on the whole experience, refugees crisis and potential solutions during the TechFugees global summit held at Station F.


A mission to define : between purpose and serendipity - Borna Scognamiglio, Pixis (Co-founder)
pixis.co

career  /  education  /  numa PARIS

 If you’ve ever asked yourself « what is my role » and « where is my place in the 21st century? » then this episode is for you ! You will hear how Borna, the inspired founder of Pixis of Italo-Croatian origins evolved from dreaming of becoming an archeologist from a young age to making a dent in the Paris startup community by launching a unique tool that would soon help a variety of students find their way on the marketplace, while effectively addressing some of the United Nations sustainable development goals.

If you’ve ever asked yourself « what is my role » and « where is my place in the 21st century? » then this episode is for you ! You will hear how Borna, the inspired founder of Pixis of Italo-Croatian origins evolved from dreaming of becoming an archeologist from a young age to making a dent in the Paris startup community by launching a unique tool that would soon help a variety of students find their way on the marketplace, while effectively addressing some of the United Nations sustainable development goals.


A meaning of life beyond the startup - Martin Besson, Sans_A (Founder - President)
sans-a.fr

social entrepreneurship / media  /  ashoka paris

 After being kicked out of high school for selling electronic cigarettes, Martin Besson felt he had no future… But he knew that he could be useful to people if he could help them. So he decided to challenge himself to spend 24 hours living on the streets of Paris like a homeless. Listen to find out what happens.

After being kicked out of high school for selling electronic cigarettes, Martin Besson felt he had no future… But he knew that he could be useful to people if he could help them. So he decided to challenge himself to spend 24 hours living on the streets of Paris like a homeless. Listen to find out what happens.


The Indo-French experience- Ketan Sanghvi, InTripper (Co-founder)
intripper.com

maps  /  REATIL  /  FRENCH TECH TICKET

 Finding Sriracha Sauce for his wife in Singapore supermarkets wasn’t as easy as it seemed. So Ketan decided to develop a technology to get the ‘blue dot’ indoors. Born in Mumbai, InTripper has already given Ketan and his team the opportunity to collaborate with a bunch of major French companies such as Air France and Cap Gemini, which eventually led them to apply for the ‘French Tech Ticket’ visa program and secure a spot in famous accelerator NUMA at Station F.In this episode you will hear how Ketan is making the most of both Mumbai and Paris ecosystems with InTripper.

Finding Sriracha Sauce for his wife in Singapore supermarkets wasn’t as easy as it seemed. So Ketan decided to develop a technology to get the ‘blue dot’ indoors. Born in Mumbai, InTripper has already given Ketan and his team the opportunity to collaborate with a bunch of major French companies such as Air France and Cap Gemini, which eventually led them to apply for the ‘French Tech Ticket’ visa program and secure a spot in famous accelerator NUMA at Station F.In this episode you will hear how Ketan is making the most of both Mumbai and Paris ecosystems with InTripper.


An ad network on wheels - Gonzague Hacher, Carrosse Royal (Founder)
carrosseroyal.com

DATA  /  CAR ADVERTISING  

 Carrosse Royal offers a new advertising service on geolocated cars with live monitoring of campaign performance.Carrosse Royal offers a new advertising service on geolocated cars with live monitoring of campaign performance. Think Facebook ads meet Uber. A crazy challenge only a young, French team of brilliant engineers could have taken !? Hear what it took them to come up with both a functional hardware and a high performance software and the next steps Gonzague and team are now considering.

Carrosse Royal offers a new advertising service on geolocated cars with live monitoring of campaign performance.Carrosse Royal offers a new advertising service on geolocated cars with live monitoring of campaign performance. Think Facebook ads meet Uber. A crazy challenge only a young, French team of brilliant engineers could have taken !? Hear what it took them to come up with both a functional hardware and a high performance software and the next steps Gonzague and team are now considering.


All that sports can bring - Adrien Liagre & Arthur Chammas, Meetemps (Co-founders)
meetemps.io

WORKPLACE happiness  /  sport

 Hear Adrien’s and Arthur’s unique way of tackling work/life balance issues and how they have turned everyday office life into a sports activity. After transforming what started as a coding assignment into a real life business, both founders are discussing the values and learning that sports such as badminton or basketball carry and the difference it can make in one’s daily life.

Hear Adrien’s and Arthur’s unique way of tackling work/life balance issues and how they have turned everyday office life into a sports activity. After transforming what started as a coding assignment into a real life business, both founders are discussing the values and learning that sports such as badminton or basketball carry and the difference it can make in one’s daily life.

Scaling on Word of Mouth - Paul Le, La Belle Vie (CEO and Founder)
labellevie.com

FOOD TECH / INVESTMENT / FRENCH TECH

 If you are not prepared to suffer, just give up ! says Paul, who has grown La Belle Vie with zero marketing in the last 3 years.  How did he go from 0 to more than 10,000 loyal customers buying their groceries and getting premium fresh products and more delivered in the next hour from La Belle Vie website ?  Have a listen to Paul's incredible story, experience and tips as we caught up with him a few days before announcing a €5.5M fund raise with investors including Station F founder Xavier Niel...  And feel free to try  LaBelleVie.com  with an exclusive promo code for Hold Tight readers shares by Paul in this episode !

If you are not prepared to suffer, just give up ! says Paul, who has grown La Belle Vie with zero marketing in the last 3 years.

How did he go from 0 to more than 10,000 loyal customers buying their groceries and getting premium fresh products and more delivered in the next hour from La Belle Vie website ?

Have a listen to Paul's incredible story, experience and tips as we caught up with him a few days before announcing a €5.5M fund raise with investors including Station F founder Xavier Niel...

And feel free to try LaBelleVie.com with an exclusive promo code for Hold Tight readers shares by Paul in this episode !


The food we waste everyday - Dorothée Bessière & Isaure Tsassis, SaveEat (Co-founders)
saveeat.co

FOOD app / impact entrepreneurs

 A big part of food waste around the world is actually generated not by restaurants or supermarkets but by people at their homes. What if we took advantage of all what we have in our kitchens before it is expired instead of throwing it out ?  After meeting during their masters program in the UK, Dorothée and Isaure decided they would come back to Paris to take on this challenge...

A big part of food waste around the world is actually generated not by restaurants or supermarkets but by people at their homes. What if we took advantage of all what we have in our kitchens before it is expired instead of throwing it out ?

After meeting during their masters program in the UK, Dorothée and Isaure decided they would come back to Paris to take on this challenge...


The winemaker’s best ally - Luv Valecha & Hugo Grardel, TrueSpirit (Co-Founders)
truespirit.fr

WINE  TECH

 Find out how a bunch of students from an optical engineering school turned out to become one of the most disruptive tech startups in the wine industry.

Find out how a bunch of students from an optical engineering school turned out to become one of the most disruptive tech startups in the wine industry.


The migrant-led innovation wave - Sarah McRae, Place (Entrepreneurial Coordinator)
place.network

social entrepreneurship / TECHFUGEES / INNOVATION

 Originally from Canada, Sarah is a Paris-based entrepreneurial coordinator at Place, a disruptive network providing migrants with the opportunity to get involved in innovation labs. According to her if we have more systems and tools in place for migrant-led innovation, then we should expect a boom in innovation as diversity in France is only growing.

Originally from Canada, Sarah is a Paris-based entrepreneurial coordinator at Place, a disruptive network providing migrants with the opportunity to get involved in innovation labs. According to her if we have more systems and tools in place for migrant-led innovation, then we should expect a boom in innovation as diversity in France is only growing.


The global citizen’s French connection - Shankar Arul, Jetpack Data 
(Co-founder)
jetpackdata.com

Data visualization  / French tech ticket  /  NUMA PARIS

 Hold Tight speaks to Jetpack Data founder Shankar. He tells us about his life as a global citizen and also brings us up to speed with Data Visualization and how Jetpack Data makes it easy for all non-tech execs to play with excel sheets as well as big data sets. Interestingly enough, Shankar also shows how building a strong network among the French community has been a key driver in his success.

Hold Tight speaks to Jetpack Data founder Shankar. He tells us about his life as a global citizen and also brings us up to speed with Data Visualization and how Jetpack Data makes it easy for all non-tech execs to play with excel sheets as well as big data sets. Interestingly enough, Shankar also shows how building a strong network among the French community has been a key driver in his success.


The global coding school for the underprivileged - Fred Bardeau, Simplon.co(Co-Founder)
simplon.co

EDUCATION  /  CODING  /  SOCIAL IMPACT

 In this episode, we get to meet Frederic Bardeau who cofounded Simplon.co. After explaining the specifics and vision behind this school like no other, Fred shares his views on a variety of topics from the impact of technology on our society and children to the education models that work and those that don’t, the roles women have had in tech since the 20th century, as well as his take on scaling the Simplon model in a frugal but efficient way and the many things he has learnt since his first connection to the internet 20 years ago!

In this episode, we get to meet Frederic Bardeau who cofounded Simplon.co. After explaining the specifics and vision behind this school like no other, Fred shares his views on a variety of topics from the impact of technology on our society and children to the education models that work and those that don’t, the roles women have had in tech since the 20th century, as well as his take on scaling the Simplon model in a frugal but efficient way and the many things he has learnt since his first connection to the internet 20 years ago!


Truths from the field - Jules Boiteux & Christophe Sow, Captila (Co-founders)
captila.com

entrepreneurship  /  partnership  / RESEARCH

 Probably the most early stage startup we have met at Station F so far, Captila founders are learning many lessons as they go. In our interview with Jules and Christophe we get the opportunity to go back to some basic yet crucial aspects to starting a business. Not rushing things, clearly understanding the problems of your customers and being sure to hit a pain point that really exists are some of the recipes they follow in their process to building a relevant and efficient solution. Give a listen to what too many startups are still missing nowadays.

Probably the most early stage startup we have met at Station F so far, Captila founders are learning many lessons as they go. In our interview with Jules and Christophe we get the opportunity to go back to some basic yet crucial aspects to starting a business. Not rushing things, clearly understanding the problems of your customers and being sure to hit a pain point that really exists are some of the recipes they follow in their process to building a relevant and efficient solution. Give a listen to what too many startups are still missing nowadays.


Selling is caring - Philippe Maziere, IOT Factory (Manager France)
iotfactory.eu

SALES  /  IOT  /  BUSINESS

 After two decades in sales, across 4 countries, Philippe Maziere shares his best sales advice with our Hold Tight community. A must-hear for any entrepreneur or business developer looking to make it happen.

After two decades in sales, across 4 countries, Philippe Maziere shares his best sales advice with our Hold Tight community. A must-hear for any entrepreneur or business developer looking to make it happen.


Balancing work, life, video gaming and multiple timezone projects - Romain Piegay, Advenworks (CEO & Co-founder)
advenworks.com

gaming  /  team building

 With 10+ years experience in the video games industry and a lifetime passion, Romain got tired of hearing the word impossible over and over again in the same instances. Especially when it came to making a career out of his passion or achieving work life balance at gaming studios. In our discussion Romain describes how he created Advenworks to make the impossible possible and the underlying values shared at his company.

With 10+ years experience in the video games industry and a lifetime passion, Romain got tired of hearing the word impossible over and over again in the same instances. Especially when it came to making a career out of his passion or achieving work life balance at gaming studios. In our discussion Romain describes how he created Advenworks to make the impossible possible and the underlying values shared at his company.