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Graduation Date: June 2015
What did you do before Le Wagon?
After graduating from my engineering school, I worked for 5 years as a Project Manager in the Intelligent Transport Systems area: I had the chance to work on various innovative projects, mixing new technologies with transportation, mobility and smart cities issues. In 2013, my girlfriend was presented with a great job opportunity in Shanghai. We decided to move there and I was planning to find a job in the tech industry, but Shanghai was not really tech-oriented and I end up learning a bit of Chinese and coaching Squash :)
During this time, I spent some time playing with Android Dev, attending Online Entrepreneurship workshops, and thinking about starting my own business back in France. In 2014 in Paris, I met my business partner and we started working on our startup, OpenLoge.
Why did you attend Le Wagon?
While working on OpenLoge, a friend of mine introduce me to Le Wagon. I took the 9-weeks bootcamp in order to bootstrap my project, but also more generally in order to add to my product/project manager profile the skillset of a Junior Full-stack Web Developer.
What's your job title today? Where do you work?
Since graduating from Le Wagon, I've started splitting my time in three:
Tell us about your new startup, OpenLoge!
OpenLoge helps people find helping hands in their neighborhood for every day "tasks": babysitting, handyman, gardening, welcoming your Airbnb guests, etc. There's a lot of platforms out there doing the same. What we do differently is that we actually find a "team leader" in each neighborhood who builds and manages his/her team of 5 to 15 neighbors ready to help neighbors. At the end of the day, people use our website to ask for a service, discuss the conditions and pay for services; but they can be assured that the people offering their services have been selected and are managed/coordinated by other local neighbors. We end up with more trust and more loyalty :)
What's your advice to someone considering Le Wagon or another coding bootcamp?