BeyondThePitch: Eric Léandri, CEO, Qwant

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Qwant a 100% Frenchy cast

It’s true that we have crossed paths for years with Eric on a whole bunch of Tech shows and conferences, often internationally. I have always been very sensitive to the audacity, some would say madness, of the project and especially to the personality of the CEO and Co-founder of Qwant : Eric Léandri. It must be said that he sends Eric, and not only half the same… Just the very idea of ​​standing face to face with the American giant, few would have dared, and well they if and they are 160 to date at Qwant to take up this immense challenge, with 50 Million Euros already raised, for 20% growth per day, in March, in terms of users and one 10M € turnover. It was in their brand new premises, in the 16th arrondissement, in Paris that we had an appointment for this 30th BeyondThePitch

The pitch …

Qwant, it is historically, from 2011, the European search engine, with in particular a significant penetration in Germany, a country in which protection of privacy is something deeply rooted in people’s minds, explains to me Eric, and this since the time of the former GDR, we can easily understand why …

Qwant, it is also Qwant Junior, for children in which, reminds me Eric, they removed violence and adult content, but apart from that there is the whole internet… Just that, that makes it “Must Have” for any parent concerned about their children’s navigation… In the video, Eric Leandri Take the example of an innocuous query on Paris, we immediately understand the relevance of the tool …

And recently, they have also offered a vertical around music with Qwant Music, this one is developed in Corsica, at his place, specifies to me Eric, the rest of the development teams located at Nice and even to Rouen for the security part.

The little Why …

You will see this is a very specific highlight which dates from 2010 which served as a detonator in the mind ofEric… When he tells me about the scene, I think of this famous sentence from Tom Hanks in Forest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to come across …” well for Eric, “The Internet is a big bag of bombs and he hates being told what he can or cannot eat…” Very true when you think about it… Especially since he likes bombs, he even suggests that I “type” in the large box on his desk.

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Privacy, but not only …

Protection of privacy is obviously the bedrock of the value proposition of Qwant, Eric even quoting me from an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights … That’s what I like about our Frenchy Entrepreneurs, like these great statesmen who defend a certain idea of ​​France, our entrepreneurs often have, when we push them a little, and you can count on me for that, a certain vision of their value proposition which always exceeds them a little …

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Of course, the product of Qwant is not yet perfect… Eric concedes it very simply and confides to me, on this subject, that critics and skeptics had never ceased to strengthen his determination and that of his teams. He even adds, ironically, those who in 2011/2013 said they did not understand the interest of such a project are precisely the same who today criticize it for not being even more massively deployed with an already perfect product …

Eric, claims the right to try, the will to see Europe play at the big table as he says and let it hatch the diversity of the world… Obviously, he invites us to this awareness and to undertake on a large scale, even very very large! I do not insist more, it is about highlight of the video that I don’t want to spoil you here, a moment of truth, of those for whom I do what I do … All this may seem a little excessive but when you have the audacity and the courage to attack the giants, you are necessarily of the caliber of these sometimes excessive people and much the better … I would even say THANK YOU!

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BeyondThePitch # 30…

The Why Collaborator

BeyondThePitch Eric Leandri CEO Qwant

This 30th BeyondThePitch is also the opportunity to introduce yourself a complementary format that I called “The Why Collaborator” … The goal is to seek, within organizations, in the continuity of BeyondThePitch of the boss / founder, the search for meaning, from the very lips of the collaborators.

Because a powerful Why that will ultimately make a difference can only be a shared Why…

So in the wake of BeyondThePitch ofEric Léandri, I asked Marie Juyaux, Qwant COO to look back at his beginnings and daily life at Qwant. She dodges a little on the Why and in exchange gives me a scoop that will certainly delight all the teams, for a moment of authentic speaking, taken from life, as we like them!

The human first inside the boxes can be a posture, sometimes even a vast hoax… Or, it can look like that, a free speech, rewarding for all…

The Why Collaborator # 1…

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Frédéric Hermelin is the author of the blog www.frenchyentrepreneur.com, launched in 2013.

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