Co-Founder & CEO, KissKissBankBank technologies
BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background
I am a self-made entrepreneur with a B high school diploma as only diploma. I created my first company at 18 years old in 1988 (Les Rats Musqués / students party). My second at 21 years ( FEAT / Event ) with a beautiful bankruptcy after 18 months.
I went abroad in 1992 for 5 years (Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Antilles, Asia, USA) by doing various odd jobs, including seller of time sharing real-estate programs (the beginnings of access economy rather than the property … and yes already …). I returned to France in 1997 to create with my brother and my sister a state-controlled corporation R2C that sale professional training programs. I am still a shareholder.
In 2000, I integrated the Media Group VNU Publishing, as director of advertising, then sales director. In 2003, I joined Sportfive (One of the Worldwide leader of Sports Marketing in the world of Rugby and Soccer) and I left as Vice President in May 2008.
ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?
We launched KissKissBankBank Technologies with Ombline le Lasseur and Adrien Aumont in September 2009. Among the pioneers at the time, today we are French and European leader on our crowdfunding market. We launched three crowdfunding platforms: KissKissBankBank in 2009 HelloMerci in 2013 and Lendopolis in 2015. Our platforms allow the public to finance directly (in the form of grants, solidarity or paid loans) art projects, cultural, associative, technological, craft or entrepreneurial.
LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?
We are mainly in French-speaking countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Africa) but we have projects and contributors around the world with almost 40 million euros collected in 6 years.
IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental impact…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?
We enable individuals to regain power over their money and manage their savings directly toward real economy. We allow thousands (more than 16,000 projects in our case) of entrepreneurs to finance their projects directly with individuals.
QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you
“If your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”