One year anniversary reminder by LinkedIn

Looking backwards briefly, and then forward again

And so it began: first as a crowdsourcing experiment, then on May 1st 2015 joining an A-team working on a mission, and now a year later, prompted by a deluge of likes from my friends and benevolent acquaintances on LinkedIn, I get to look back on an amazing 12 months.

Time flies. Especially when you are not bored.

Yet one of the most important factor so far has been the feedback given by people who understand the whirlwind world of technology we live in. Those people understand that what we’re working on at Snips bears a significance that far exceeds your typical startup project, possibly one that will save us from our enslavement to gadgets as well as do right by our personal data, an ever growing concern. The feedback has been unequivocally upbeat: that I did the right thing in joining Rand, Maël and Mika and the rest of the team at Snips. I feel the same way. Everyday.

Yet, what we are trying to tackle is bold, farsighted, and perhaps a bit difficult to grasp fully at the moment. The (gut) feeling can be dizzying.

Can yet another technology help make technology disappear? We believe so. It’s a mission worth striving towards in any case.

And yet, one year is nothing. It’s the first set of building blocks in a massive architecture. Some start to see the potential, and so excitement and impatience is all around.

Also, competition is heating up, we are not in a blue ocean. MIT Tech Review says it best: “Snips has severe competition from the big guns such as Google and Apple. How does it stand out? Privacy.”

Indeed. Our stance on privacy is what makes us different, and quite frankly unique.

Now, I thought I’d share with you some of the KPIs and milestones from the past 12 months that matter to me as COO:

  • the team grew 5x from 8 people to nearly 40, exactly as initially budgeted;

Anecdotally, these things also happened:

  • Snips was awarded a special award, leading to a generous government subsidy, leading to France’s current President to shake my hand (!)

One thing we didn’t manage to do is to recruit more women (current ratio is a pathetic 15%, with mostly non-technical roles). We will strive to do much better in this department in the coming year.

So that’s it really. Time flies. It took approximatively 50,000 hours of collective time to get where we are. In the next 12 months, we will allocate at least double that to achieve much more. Exponentially.

Onwards. And looking forward to it!

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Entrepreneur, executive, board level advisor, angel investor, speaker. CEO @Scaleway. MBA @INSEAD. Power forward in Basketball.

Entrepreneur, executive, board level advisor, angel investor, speaker. CEO @Scaleway. MBA @INSEAD. Power forward in Basketball.