Hey, I'm Gregoire!
I enjoy continuous learning, tech, run, being creative, and work with awesome people. So I build companies.

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Entrepreneurship and the emotional fluctuations

I've been meaning to write about the roller coaster for a very long time. Obviously not the attraction at some amusement parks. The roller coaster is a metaphor used by some entrepreneurs to describe their journey of business creation. As you might guess, it represents the emotional fluctuations you are subjected to when trying to make a business succeed. A very steep slope to climb, a short time at the top, then a fast swoop, shorter (in time) than it took you to reach the previous peak. Repeat this sequence several times and it'll give you an idea of what entrepreneurship is, emotion-wise. It's tough. But, moments spent at the top make the whole ride worth it. There, you feel...

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My daily meeting with the writer's block

Lately, I've decided to start writing publicly again. I've been dedicating a lot of attention into creating new essays for this website. As an amateur writer, giving up on this effort is a daily temptation, and following a routine is the only way to prevent it. If you show up at my apartment's door in the morning, you'll find me on my couch, trying to align a few hundred words on my computer. It is the first thing I work on, right after chugging a breakfast that often take the form of a simple bowl of cereals. But, prior to the fun part of typing on the keyboard, I have to deal with the same fear over and over again....

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Building a new habit? A rule and a hack.

Have you ever tried to build a habit from scratch? It's tough. I guess authors who write about forming habits are successful for a reason. Obstacles and pitfalls make giving up on our initiative a piece of cake. Being an entrepreneur and working from home forced me to improve at building habits. Either to force myself out of the flat from time to time, or just to work when motivation eludes me. I wasn't good at keeping up with my goal-requiring habits right from the start. I did a lot of reading about this very topic and took the time to analyse what works for me and what hasn't really helped. The latter is a very important step that is...

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What kills creativity?

"Maybe theres no market for that." "It is very similar to this or that existing product." "People won't be interested / make fun of me." "I'm not sure if I should waste time even thinking about it!" Working from home requires a way in order to mark the end of the working day. I've established a little, yet successful, routine that includes a running session. During this away-from-the-computer time, I allow my mind to wander and often develop all kinds of ideas. When I open the door back home, I've already forgotten most of those thoughts. But sometimes, one or two ideas stick that I feel like exploring further. But after a few minutes, a few hours, or a few...

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Using Trello to manage your sales pipeline

In the beginning of June, we decided that our new product was ready to be shown to more people other than the few already involved in the alpha version. I started talking and meeting with people to pitch to them, and give demos of our software. I soon realised this could become a giant mess if I didn't define a framework to organise the whole process. I can't call myself a professional salesman, but I've worked with a lot of them and have seen all kinds of techniques to keep track of their interactions with leads, prospects or customers. So I did what all of us entrepreneurs would do when they need a new tool - I checked what was...

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