Mentors

Google Launchpad Mentors are carefully selected experts in their field and have been reviewed by top mentors from previous Launchpad events and a committee of Googlers. Mentors who contribute their time and expertise to local statup ecosystems on a regular basis are listed in the Google Experts directory.

Quick links: Product strategy mentors, Marketing mentors, UX/UI mentors, Technology mentors

Product Strategy Day

Pierre Benayoun

Pierre Benayoun

Top Skills:

  • Effectuation
  • Lean Startup
  • Android
  • Development

Android developer, product strategy consultant and startup community enthusiast, Pierre currently works on activity tracking Android projects. He also organised the last Launchpad Week in Bordeaux.

Web - LinkedIn - Twitter

Laura Roguet

 

Top Skills:

  • Critical mind & Enthusiasm
  • Product 1st KPIs highlight
  • Go to market
  • Operations

Associate @ 360 Capital Partners: meeting & helping great teams form Seed to Series A,B 

LinkedIn

Alexis Laporte

Alexis Laporte

Top Skills:

  • Tech Architecture
  • Business Plan
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Financing
  • Entrepreneurship

Hi there, I am Alexis Laporte. I am CEO of Unitag, my first startup which I created with some of my friends before I graduated as IT engineer. The road from there as been overwhelmingly full of discoveries, joys, struggles and business plans.

Unitag's mission is to orchestrate the real world with digital automation. We've raised funds, we've created our own programming language and we're currently serving 850 customers all over the world!

I have been extensively reading sci-fi books since I was a teenage boy which led me to believe science can solve most of the problems and that the rest was a matter of leadership.

I trully enjoy talking with new entrepreneurs and I hope I can be of some help in taking the good decisions.

LinkedIn - Twitter

Guillaume Maison

Guillaume Maison

Top Skills:

  • Effectuation
  • Lean Startup
  • Android
  • Development

Expert in Digital, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Effectuation and "From invention to innovation"

Skiller - LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Facebook

Nicolas Deverge

Nicolas Deverge

 Top Skills:

  • Lean Startup
  • Customer Development
  • Growth Hacking
  • Software Development

My mojo is "What's the problem you are trying to solve?", and then when I heard about the solution, I usually follow by saying "Maybe you ain't gonna need it".
Lean Startup practitioner, I help entrepreneurs to gain 3 to 6 months on their projects.
And instead of experimenting/learning new things on my customers projects, I launch my own projects and make mistakes on them.
As a software developer, I'm also able to build small MVPs (Web, Android).

LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Guillaume Cerquant

Guillaume Cerquant

 Top Skills:

  • Lean Startup
  • Business and Product Strategy
  • Customer validation
  • User Experience

I have always loved creating startups or working for them.
Now, I work for ekito, and still do the same: build startups, or select and coach founders and help them build it.

In a previous life, I was a freelance mobile developer. I'm still a business-geek.

My mantra: focus & simplicity.

LinkedIn - web

 

Guillaume Lemoine

Guillaume Lemoine

 Top Skills:

  • MVP
  • Product Design
  • A/B Testing
  • Analytics
  • Scalabity
  • Software architecture

Former founder of Phonitive, I am leading now the product team (product conception, development, deployment ... ) for FittingBox, the leading provider of glasses virtual try on solution. 

LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Laurent Meurisse

Laurent Meurisse

 Top Skills:

  • Product Management & Product Strategy
  • Nudge
  • Customer Empathy Development
  • Business Model Development
  • Lean Startup & Lean UX
  • iOS & Java Software Development 

I’m a startup and enterprise mentor about product strategy... and happiness collaboration :) For me, create new products it’s a great challenge to care about people problems.

Mentoring startup is to drive the team to define what is their first focus to learn about market and customer behavior... Not about the product itself, but how to get - quickly possible - their first customers.

Have a good product is also having a strong startup culture… the product is nice when entrepreneurs expose to customer WHY they create this product, and so propose a great value proposition !

Create a startup is not a process, it’s lot of pains … and gains ... I create the community « lean startup & effectuation » in paris, about sharing experience in developing or failing startup (with great meetup @blablacar and @googlefrance for example)

Let’s see that very soon :)

LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Yves Morel

Yves Morel

 Top Skills:

  • Business development
  • Management
  • Sales and marketing strategy

- 20 years experience of business development in consumer electronics
- In Telecom industry dealing with operators, wholesalers, retailers
- Throughout Europe Middle East Africa
- Managing teams in more than 25 countries
- Good knowledge of Chinese companies : > 10 years  

LinkedIn

 

François Luc MORAUD

François Luc MORAUD

 Top Skills:

  • Business model innovation
  • Sprint Master
  • Product innovation
  • MVP
  • Business developement 

360° digital photographic virtual visit pioneer in France with his first startup Aquimage, François Moraud then worked 8 years at management positions in purchasing and customer service at Cdiscount.com, the largest French ecommerce website.

In 2013 he founded Mobilibook.com, a mobile devices focused, bimedia publishing house. He also creates cultural and economic events linked with digital, for example he was co-licensee of 2014 TEDx Bordeaux.

He is co-president of Aquinum.fr, an association of digital professionals of Aquitaine. Aquinum and its Node coworking space in Bordeaux was the home of Launchpad Week #2 in France in 2015, where François was in charge of mentor recruitment and also contributed as a Product strategy mentor. Google expert since then, he is also in the Google Sprint Master program.

François is mentoring and consulting startups, companies and leaders with a specialization in ecommerce, art, culture, and publishing sectors.

LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+

 

Guillaume Martin

Guillaume Martin

 Top Skills:

  • Startup strategy
  • Product & UX
  • Distribution Channels &
  • Marketing
  • Public speeches 

CEO of Pictarine, Former EIR at Le Camping Toulouse.

LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Philippe MARTY

Philippe MARTY

 Top Skills:

  • Effectuation
  • Lean Startup
  • Networking
  • User Experience

15 years of IT consulting with majors companies then CEO since 2008 of his own web agency
Co-founder of CLUSIR Aquitaine (cybersecurity focused association)
Co-founder and ex-president of Aquinum (best digital association in Bordeaux!) and co-creator of Le Node (first coworking space in Bordeaux dedicated to digital professionals)
I co-organised the feb. 2015 launchpad in Bordeaux, in charge of mentors recruitment and ecosystem-startups relationship

LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Vincent Encontre

Vincent Encontre

 Top Skills:

  • Management and shipping of products that generate revenues
  • B2B/Productivity offerings
  • For international markets
  • SaaS/Subscription models

CEO, www.intuilab.com - SaaS-based company selling a platform (IntuiFace) for creating apps without coding. 1000+ paid customers in 55 countries (A Google for Work Technology Partner since last week!).
- Track record of building *and* shipping high productivity software products for the international market and all the infrastructure that goes with it: Creative R&D, Lean Dev, Efficient Q&A, Product delivery, Positioning and pricing, Sophisticated MarTech, Listening to customers.
- Great at understanding and anticipating market dynamics, ecosystems/platforms and business models.
At the end of the day, I am a Product Manager. With "The Product Mindset".
Been on the board of a couple start-ups, member of the DigitalPlace Board, Regularly works with start-ups in the Toulouse ecosystem.

LinkedIn

 

Marketing Day

Antoine Clemenceau

Antoine Clémenceau

Top Skills:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Communication Strategy
  • Startup Strategist
  • Brand Content
  • Content Strategy

Antoine joined BETC as an account manager in 2009, where he's been working on some of the agency's biggest brands, like evian, Kraft, ibis hotels and many more. On the side, he's something of an entrepreneur and part of a startup called Le Slip Français.

Antoine also supervises the BETC Startup Lab – a specialist unit within BETC dedicated to startups. The Lab helps accelerate already developed and tested ideas, to give startups the impetus they need to become strong, long-lasting, brands. Recent successes include HelloMerci.com, OpenClassrooms.com, and Gemmyo.com.

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter - www

Alexis de la Tour du Pin

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Consumer Product Marketing manager at Google

Lead Product Marketing Manager for Google+ & YouTube. 5 years of B2C and B2B marketing experience on YouTube and Google+ in FR and in the US, with projects ranging from multi-million dollar cross-media campaigns to scrappy partnership programs leveraging social tools. Alexis also teaches digital marketing strategy at Essec.

Fred Castagnac

Fred Castagnac

Top Skills:

  • Branding
  • Market Fit
  • User Acquisition
  • Growth
  • Experiments
  • Data Analysis
  • Pirate Metrics (AARRR) Expert

Fred is Azendoo CMO, a startup built to improve the future of work. She created her first company at the age of 24 and helped many entrepreneurs launched their projects since then. Since 2012 she focuses her expertise on Azendoo growth and adoption.

On the side, she's also helping to grow the Bordelais tech eco-system as the Curator of the Startup Digest in Bordeaux as well as mentoring young Bordelaise startups and taking part in many events.

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter

Aurélien Vialette

Fred Castagnac

Top Skills:

  • online acquisition and onboarding
  • strategy and positioning
  • permission marketing and content strategy
  • community management

I'm Payname's Head of Marketing, a growing FinTech Company. For more than a year, I've had to set and apply a strategic plan of Marketing adapted to the structure of my company. This experience have been providing me with the tools and skills to handle Marketing related issues in a startup environment.

I've never been mentor so far

LinkedIn - Twitter

Elvire PROCHILO

Elvire Prochilo

 Top Skills:

  • Marketing Stategy
  • Mix Marketing
  • Business Model generation
  • Communication
  • Pitch

Marketing Consultant for for innovative startups and companies in the IT and space applications sectors. Lead coordinator of startup weekend events for 4 years. Also involved in managing collaborative projects and working about the sustainability of their business models . Passionate about innovation, corporate strategy and entrepreneurship.

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Helene DESLIENS

Helene Desliens

 Top Skills:

  • Value Proposition
  • Social innovation
  • Brand Development
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Operations
  • User Engagement
  • Content Strategy

I am a marketing and digital strategist, consultant and co-founder of Experteez ( the new way for companies to learn and be « digital adopted »). I also assist companies to refocus human-centered projects, using digital tools to create real interactions with users. She worked in financial activities, small and larger companies, municipalities… and always with digital, forward-looking. I help startups meet and understand their customers successfully. She assists to determinate value proposition, brand development and content strategy.

I am also co-CEO of Aquinum, a non profit organization of digital professionals in aquitaine area, and I co-organize the Launchpad in Bordeaux in february 2015. I teach at the university and school WIS (Web International School). I use to work and think differently, with digital, and act against precarities and for prospective. I am in the Expert Programm of Google developers.

LinkedIn - Twitter - expert

 

Mélanie Tisné-Versailles

Mélanie Tisné-Versailles

 Top Skills:

  • Business Development
  • Sales
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Event Management

Melanie Tisné-Versailles is the CEO and co-founder of Urban Challenge, the France outdoor sport classes leader & Paris Marathon and MudDay official trainer.

She started her career as a project marketing manager at L'Oréal in London UK, then as a marketing director for Elveca in Milan Italy.

She has joined ekito in 2015 and helps industry leaders & startups to improve, design better and accelerate their projects.

Creative and analytical marketeer with over 10 years of experience in cosmetics, sport industry & accelerating start-up. Passionate about developing brands and leading projects to outstanding business results.

She is a straight-talking optimist who creates a positive and energetic business environment, rallying teams and delivering the goods. 

LinkedIn

 

Adrien Montcoudiol

Adrien Montcoudiol

 Top Skills:

  • Growth
  • Retention
  • Analytics

Adrien is Head of Growth Marketing at Molotov.tv, a French startup reinventing the TV experience. After spending a year and a half in Silicon Valley where he learned growth hacking, he founded The Growth Bakery in 2013 to help startups grow their user base more effectively with advice on marketing, product and analytics. He is used to giving talks and mentoring startups on these topics at Numa Paris, TheFamily (Paris) and at other startup accelerators across the world with his project www.digitalhobo.co.

LinkedIn - Twitter

 

UX/ UI Day

Renaud Forestie

Renaud Forestie

 Top Skills:

  • ux
  • ui design
  • motion design
  • illustration

Based in Bordeaux, France, I've been working as an award winning illustrator, designer and art director for world-class brands such as Ubisoft, Grazia or Danone. My work's been featured in artbooks, ad campaigns, video games, album covers, exhibitions...

When I'm not working on cool projects for my clients, I speak at conferences, teach User Experience design and illustration at design schools, mentor startups (I'm officially a UX/UI Google Expert), and tour the world with my amazing band.

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter

 

Benoit Serieyssol

Benoit Serieyssol

 Top Skills:

  • identity
  • branding / corporate image vs consumer
  • storyline

I'm designer and partner of a design company 'Felix+associes'
working on future consumption trends and new way of work.

Co-founder of my-Yeti.
my-Yeti is looking to offer you the right travel experience by finding what suits you best!

LinkedIn

 

Gabriel Loupiac

Gabriel Loupiac

 Top Skills:

  • UX
  • UI Design
  • Wireframing/Prototyping
  • Product Strategy

I’m a UX/UI designer, based in Toulouse. I work mostly on mobile apps and there are a dozen of published apps on the stores I worked on. I work for clients in a mobile agency (www.oneligh-studio.com) and I worked for products as well. I'm very interested in product strategy and project management. Actually, I believe UX is part of the product strategy and must serve both usability and business goals.

Google+ - LinkedIn - web

 

Francois Goldgewicht

Francois Goldgewicht

 Top Skills:

  • User Experience Design
  • Product Design & Strategy
  • Information Architecture
  • Software Development & Architecture
  • Team Building
  • Pitching

I am able to mentor startups on both UX and iOS Technology.

- Expert in web & mobile apps, entrepreneur and business angel, I support startups, small businesses & big companies for over 15 years.
- Currently chief of user experience, iOS lead developer and partner at Pictarine.
- Mentor and entrepreneur in residence at Le Camping Toulouse, mentor at Le Connected Camp and Judge at Le Startup Week-end Toulouse.

LinkedIn

 

Frank Taillandier

Frank Taillandier

 Top Skills:

  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Kaizen
  • Servant Leadership

I started building web standards based interfaces in the late 90s, with a strong focus on usability and accessibility. Open-source software taught me early how to improve a product in an iterative way based on the feedback of the community. I value pragmatism and simplicity. I help teams to do their best, as I’m convinced that pleasure and greater meaning are the key to awesomeness.

I like to share, learn and meet people, so for the sixth time this year, with a bunch of friends we organize Sud Web, a yearly conference for web people, to talk about our different experiences.

Twitter - Github

 

Carole Baudry

Carole Baudry

 Top Skills:

  • User centric design methods
  • Cognitive sciences
  • UX
  • UI
  • Human factor

Since 2009 I'm working in cognitics, doing HMI ergonomics, user testing and needs, expectations or use analysis for digital projetcs in e-comerce, e-health, training and disability fields.
Passionate by what human factor can bring to a project when it's analysed, I'm the co-founder of Yumaneed, based in Bordeaux specialised in User Centric Design methods.

Twitter - Linkedin

 

Technology Day

Jean-Baptiste Dusseaut

Julien Del Rio

Top Skills:

  • TDD
  • DDD
  • eXtreme Programming
  • Java, Groovy, C#, javascript, whatever
  • MongoDB
  • Kubernetes
  • Angular
  • Failing fast

I was already a mentor during the Bordeaux and Paris launchpads. I'am an eXtreme Programmer with 13 years of experience in the field. I facilitate on regular basis events like coding dojos, code retreats, etc. I'm very active in the startup ecosystem in Bordeaux : I'm the CTO of Jamshake, and I founded a workshop, Arpinum, dedicated to help startups achieve technical success (sometimes it means developing the product, sometime mentoring their team).
I'm also an occasional speaker at events like Mix-IT in Lyon, Agile Grenoble, Bdx.io, Agile Tour Bordeaux, Toulouse, Agile France.
In a few words, I'am a passionate programmer who love to share his experience :)

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter

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Julien Del Rio

Julien Del Rio

 Top Skills:

  • Android
  • Web
  • Usage
  • Onboarding
  • Lean Startup
  • etc...

I love doing multiple things. I am a mobile developer, but also an entrepreneur. I am currently Android developer and Lean Startup consultant at www.oneligh-studio.com

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter

Xavier Mouton-Dubosc

Xavier Mouton-Dubosc

Top Skills:

  • self-taught
  • curious
  • creative
  • paranoid
  • communicative

I will code as long as i'm getting fun and it will harm no one, after, I'll change of job. I like to imagine how to marry content and software : I'm long-time blogger, I launched ringtones in 2000, I was a director in interactive TV, I created one of the oldest podcast in France, and I'm hosting a technologic radio show ( http://cpu.pm for Radio FMR) .

Google+ - LinkedIn - Twitter - Github - web

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Julien Boulay

Julien Boulay

Top Skills:

  • Fullstack development
  • Jhipster
  • NodeJS
  • AngularJS
  • Talend
  • Lean Startup 

I'm currently working for Ekito, a startup accelerator from Toulouse. For 2 years, I've worked for many startups and midsized companies, as technical expert and lean facilitator. I'm experienced with agile methodologies and state of the art technologies (JHipster, NodeJS, AngularJS, Docker, MongoDB, etc.) and SAAS/PAAS solutions (Heroku, MailChimp/Mandrill, Analytics, MixPanel, etc.).
My golden rule : "the best feature is the one we don't need to develop".

LinkedIn - Twitter

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Arnaud GIULIANI

Arnaud GIULIANI

Top Skills:

  • Java Fullstack
  • Android
  • Messaging / Middleware / Distributed stuffs
  • Devops / Docker / Cloud

I previously developed java applications and distributed systems for big companies. I always work as much as possible with open source technologies. Since 2012, I work for ekito where I develop android apps and backend/cloud solutions. One hand in mobile android trends, the other in the devops culture with docker and cloud infrastucture (amazon,heroku,ovh,google) ... Thanks to ekito I can help startups for building new awesome apps.

"Keep being amazed by simple things ..."

LinkedIn - Twitter

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Bert Poller

Bert Poller

Top Skills:

  • TDD, DDD
  • Java, Scala, JavaScript
  • NodeJS
  • MongoDB, ElasticSearch
  • IoT
  • Docker

I am currently working for ekito, a venture builder at Toulouse.
My daily work consists in finding minimal, simple solutions for startups that just work. My mantra is: Start small and simple then scale when needed.
As a backend guy, I am fluent with cloud technologies, micro virtualisation and reactive state of the art application development in Node.js, Scala and Java.
I am constantly confronted with various technological contexts that often require integration with physical objects (IoT). My recent experiences include:
- Telegrafik, whom I helped building a backend system for monitoring elderly people,
- Intent Technologies whom I helped integrating a new home automation product range with their backend system,
- Innoside, for whom I prototyped a fulltext search engine for chinese scientific PDF documents or
- S-Wings where I helped building a movement capturing system for surfers using mesh radio technology with 3D data visualisation.

Twitter

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Maxime Rafalimanana

Maxime Rafalimanana

Top Skills:

  • Google Cloud Plateform
  • Android
  • MVPs

I'm the CTO and cofounder of Pictarine. We have been through Le Camping Paris and Techstars Chicago accelerator program. I have built Pictarine's tech stack: web front-end in GWT, back end on Google Cloud (especially Appengine) and an Android mobile app.

LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+

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Julien Carnelos

Julien Carnelos

Top Skills:

  • Mobile apps
  • Backend services / REST architecture

I'm a mobile & web architect at Groupe Sud Ouest.
As a technical enthusiast, I'm interested in native mobile development evolution and services oriented platforms.

I also speak at conferences such as AppDays, Bordeaux.IO, etc.

LinkedIn - Twitter

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