Hello! I am Sylvain, a French software developer turned entrepreneur, conference organizer and angel investor.
I speak French, English and Spanish. After spending a few years in Australia, Luxembourg and New York City, I am now back in Paris.
In 2004, I founded my first company Jamendo, a Creative Commons music platform, with Laurent and Pierre. I was 19 at the time and benefited enormously from their mentorship as a self-taught CTO. We went on to raise 4m€+ from VCs and built a team of 30+ supporting a community of millions. I stepped down in 2010 to focus on 2 new ventures with Michel: Joshfire (a cross-platform app framework) and Brightness (an event agency which organized TEDxParis, one of the first TEDx events worldwide).
In 2012, I realized that multitasking was both very virtuous and fulfilling so going forward I decided to split my time in 3 areas: software development, event organization and angel investing. That year I co-founded 2 startups: Pricing Assistant with Martin (a pricing optimization service for e-merchants) and dotConferences with Ferdinand (a series of TED-like conferences for developers). I also made my first significant angel investment in Sketchfab, the YouTube of 3D.
Pricing Assistant raised 1m€+ from VCs and angels, won multiple awards and ended up powering the pricing strategy of large retailers in France. As CTO, I led the development of our large-scale web scraping and analytics platform. We were acquired in 2019 by Contentsquare.
Out of everything I have done professionally, investing has probably been the most rewarding. Meeting and mentoring new founders is a constant source of insights and challenges. I also invest in funds and public markets with a full disclosure policy and a 50/50 split on impact investment, focusing on environment and biotech.
My high-profile investments include Sketchfab, SpaceX, Stripe, Airbnb, Algolia, Tesla, Moderna, BioNTech and Beyond Meat. I plan to make hundreds more in the next decade, so let’s talk if you are raising funds!
To be continued...