Since we’ve created the company, about two years ago now, we’ve learned a lot through experience and advise from all those that believed in our project and supported us. As we’re now aiming at new developments for our company (including the release of our first product), we have decided to strengthen our team with a small group of experts in our field who will support us with advices. The advisory board will meet every quarter to talk about our company strategy. This is an important step in the growth of our company, and therefore I’d like to introduce the members of our advisory board:
Annie Blandel is a strategy adviser to European and international SMEs and a professor in marketing for Master’s in IT & Project Management at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France). She has also contributed to the formation of a services incubator in France.
The cornerstones of Annie Blandel 25 year’s career in technology marketing have been to support entrepreneurship, recognise and drive forward innovative new products and services, and enable international expansion.
Annie started her career in 1982 as a software engineer, before becoming European Business Development Manager in 1993 at Digital. She then joined Shiva, leader in remote access technologies, as their International Marketing Director. In 1997 she founded CARNAC, her own international marketing agency with offices in London (UK) and Sophia-Antipolis (France).
Annie is a member of Sophia Business Angels, Initmarketing, and the Institute of Directors (IOD, London UK).
We met Annie about a year ago at a Sophia Business Angels meeting, and since then she has been regularly following our project, and supporting us with her advice.
Julien Cordorniou is Director of Development and Partnerships at Microsoft France.
After being a consultant for Ernst and Young, focusing on software companies, and working with ETF Group, a Swiss VC firm. Julien joined Microsoft France in 2005 to launch emerging businesses activities, partnering with VCs and ISV. He launched the IDEES program designed to identify and help high potential software companies in France. In 2008, Julien moved to Microsoft Corp to replicate the French program success and direct Microsoft Corp’s efforts to partner with hi-potential software companies around the world (through the BizSpark Program). Julien came back to France in 2010 to take the lead of the Development and Partnerships team.
Julien is co-author of the book “Ils ont réussi leur start-up! Les dessous de la success story Kelkoo”. Edited by Pearson, October 2005.
We met Julien in September 2007 at the final of the « Challenge Jeunes Pousses ». This was the first step toward the creation of SimplySim, and Julien was the first to recognize the potential of our innovations. We quickly joined the Microsoft IDEES program, and he invited us to Microsoft Corp headquarters in Redmond to meet with the Microsoft teams.
Dan Newman is Managing Partner at Cross Atlantic Advisory and Cross Atlantic Ventures. In addition, he is also a Venture Partner within the Technology Team at Sofinnova Partners (Paris).
He serves as a Board member and member of various Advisory Boards in a range of technology sectors in both the US and France. Prior to Cross Atlantic, Dan was a Consultant and Project Leader with several international consulting firms including Lochridge & Company (1986-91), Tenex Consulting (1992-93) and SMG (1994-97). He brings more than 25 years of venture capital, strategy consulting, and hands-on management experience to his portfolio companies and Advisory Boards
We’ve recently been introduced to Dan thanks to Annie Blandel.
Dominique Pouliquen, is currently Product Manager for reality capture technologies inside Autodesk, the worldwide leader in 2D and 3D CAD software, with its headquarters in California, USA. M. Pouliquen is also acting as the site manager for Autodesk R&D center in Sophia Antipolis, France.
Autodesk bought REALVIZ in May 2008, a company that Dominique co-founded in March 1998 from a technology transfer with INRIA (National Research Institute for Computer Sciences and Automatics). He was CEO of this company for 10 years, developing its image-based content creation software business in the special effects and digital imaging markets all over the world.
Dominique has spent his career in the computer graphics industry after graduating as an Engineer from Ecole Superieure d’Electronique de l’Ouest, Angers, France in 1986.
We’ve met Dominique for the first time in early 2008 thanks to the Incubateur Paca Est, and since then we’ve met in many local events.