Je suis passé sur le podcast En Eclaireur 🇫🇷🎙

Dans le cadre du Podcast En Eclaireur, cette fois-ci : j’écris en français !

Je commence tout juste à interviewer des entrepreneurs en Chine et Hong Kong (Keith de Startup Grind HK et Marian de weHustle). Et j’ai eu le plaisir de répondre aux questions d’Emmanuelle Coulon (lien Spotify).

Ce n’est pas simple de m’exprimer dans ma langue natale. Surtout quand il s’agit de raconter mon quotidien ou parler du travail. Mes mots ne me viennent plus naturellement. Tout est en Anglais. Des anglicisms partout ! Malgrés tout, j’ai passé un très bon moment au micro d’Emmanuelle qui est super pro et très intéressante.

Au delà de ce podcast, ça m’a permit de me poser une question plus importante : alors que je travaille essentiellement avec la communauté Chinoise ou internationale (pas Française), dans quelle mesure est ce que je dois garder un pied dans la culture de mon pays natal ? Cette question n’a jamais été simple pour moi même si je reste fier de mes origines.

Pour garder un lien, je passe un peu de mon temps en extra avec mes compatriotes. Notamment en faisant partie de l’équipe de lancement de la French Tech HK et depuis mon arrivée à Shanghai, faire partie du réseau French Founders.

Pas simple et pas suffisant, mais je cherche des pistes d’amélioration – sans pour autant quitter cette état d’esprit qui me plait : un gars entre plusieurs cultures, qui a plein de choses à raconter !

Merci encore à Emmanuelle pour le Podcast En Eclaireur et voici les liens pour écouter tous les épisodes (à commencer par le mien 😁) :

Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/eneclaireur
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eneclaireur
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2OglASI

For those of you who could only read English but made it so far, thanks for trying! This blog post was in French, considering that the podcast I was interviewed for was in that language. I don’t believe there’ll be a transcription + translation unless I get a good number of positive comments for it 😉

Stay tuned for more Podcasts on our own channel UPSTART

The importance of events to run a tech community

I discussed with Marian Danko, founder of weHustle and TECOM, about his projects. In his answers, it is clear that he pays strong attention to events to run a tech community. That is how he experiences the passion of that group and their mission. Therefore, it makes sense that Marian is a volunteer at Startup Grind and Angelhack. And that’s on top of setting up TECOM, a conference for entrepreneurs and community builders in Shanghai. Marian, believes in the power of offline gatherings.

Shanghai says – online first!

When I first arrived in Shanghai, I believed otherwise. WeChat is everywhere and is often the link between reality and people’s life. Communities wouldn’t survive offline because everybody’s attention was online.

In fact, somebody with good intentions could spin off a WeChat group instantly. And in a couple of hours, have two hundred participants sharing heated opinions on something hot and trendy. Spammers would most likely overtake the same group after a couple of days.

That’s how I came back to Marian’s opinion that communities need to crystallize their existence with in-person events.

In-person events aren’t dead

Startup Grind in Shanghai is thriving. They run sold-out events with inspiring speakers. This momentum creates a strong following with old and new faces. AngelHack is the platform for developers to hack on new technologies or APIs. While some hackathons run online, I have seen better results with offline experiences. It is about the people you connect, as much as the context in which you work.

I also have done my fair share of local events: Startup Weekend, DrinkEntrepreneurs HK, la French Tech HK, and Techstars. I have tested many different formats, setups, and audiences. There is a significant surge of engagement, support, and new initiatives after each gathering. My go-to reply addressing growth was: “host one event, get three more in the pipeline.”
Great participants attract their peers and the passion rolls to a broader circle.
Over time, running local events become the backbone of communities.