PhD, R&D software engineering

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Work experience

Nov 2022 – present: CTO and late cofounder at Ask for the moon, startup designing innovative knowledge management tools, marketed towards big industrial groups. We play with LLMs and ontologies to help information flow. Most recent funding round is 2.5M€.

Apr 2019 – Oct 2022: Software engineer, then tech lead (2019), then R&D software architect (2021) at Streamroot / Lumen, company specialized in digital content delivery at scale. A key product makes users exchange video segments between each other, thus reducing the requirements in backend throughput and enabling greener operations.

Dec 2017 – Mar 2019: Lead developer at Watcha, Lyon, young editor of a unified collaboration tool for businesses focusing on data governance. I managed a developer and was in charge of security of the product, including end-to-end encryption.

Oct 2015 – Mar 2019: Creator of a robust audio ad blocker, compatible with radios and podcasts: Adblock Radio. Open-sourced components on Github and described how it works. Got accelerated, gathered a community, received press coverage as well as hostile lawyer letters, did not find a viable business model.

2015 – 2016: Technical cofounder of Ciconie. Send pictures from your smartphone to your grand-parents' hands.

2011 – 2015: PhD degree in nuclear fusion research, Plasma Physics Laboratory (LPP), École Polytechnique, Paris. I compared phenomena between experiments (what did we measure?) & simulation (is that realistic?). Contributed to social animation among PhD students.

2011 (6 months): Work placement with ESTEC (European Space Agency) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Assessed radio blackout numerically during a high velocity atmospheric re-entry.

2008 (7 months): Military service with the Parisian fire brigade.

Languages and computer skills

It always starts by talking to people! French is my native language, English is fluent and I have some knowledge of German to reactivate. What follows is about computers.

Backend development: Strong background in NodeJS, and some Python. Do a bit of Go, C++ 14/17, Rust and tamed MongoDB, SQLite/MySQL/PostgreSQL + Nginx.

Devops: Got my hands dirty with Docker, Kubernetes, Grafana… During the day, I find my way in Azure Cloud, but at night I self-host most of my personal web services. Know-how with Arch linux btw.

Data science: LLMs with PyTorch. NN with Keras, Tensorflow. Dataviz with Pivot, Apache Zeppelin & Superset. During my PhD, caught evanescent signals with FFT, MUSIC, HHT. Open sourced work in Landmark (Shazam) acoustic fingerprinting.

Frontend development: Strong knowledge of vanilla JS. Experience with React/MobX, Typescript/Flow. Also played with WebAssembly and WebRTC.


2020: Numa Nouvelle Vague biweekly workshops, to become a better manager.

2013 (2 months): Stanford Ignite program, Paris. An intensive program to learn the business fundamentals necessary to succeed in any entrepreneurial venture.

2010 – 2011: Engineering degree + Research master, Supaero, Toulouse. Major in aeronautics and fluid mechanics. Master in Dynamics, energetics and transfers.

2007 – 2011: Engineering degree, École Polytechnique, Paris. Multidisciplinary Master Degree, major in Mechanical Engineering.

2005 – 2007: Classes Préparatoires MPSI-PSI*, Stanislas, Paris.

2005: Scientific A-levels, Saint Jean de Passy High School, Paris.

Other interests

Telemark skiing, a fun old-fashioned technique with free heels. Also touring.
Living with a lower carbon footprint. Imagining a post-fossil fuels society.

Last update: March 12 2024

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