Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Kevin, 28, French but living in Dublin, Ireland. After 3 years at Google as an AdWords account manager for the french market, I’ve founded, Refer Me Please back in April 2015 – a new professional social network built for Employee Referrals.
Where were you when the idea for Refer Me Please came to you?
I had the idea of Refer Me Please one day when I was leaving the office (Google). It just came up to my mind and I thought about it the whole way back home. After thinking about it and what I could do with it, I decided to take the leap of faith and quit my job at Google to start the wild journey of an entrepreneur.
Tell us a bit about your team and company culture?
My startup, Refer Me Please, is a bit young to talk about company culture as we are only 4. However, I make everyone in my team feels they’re a key member to the startup and that they’re work is really valuable.
We talk a lot, take every decisions all together to bring the company to the level we want.
How do you craft your identity?
I’m trying to set myself apart by being the one who is not afraid to try new things, and get out of his comfort zone. And I’m really transparent about what I experience, so then people can see my ups and downs and what it’s like to start a company. Nowadays, it looks like there’s some hype about being an entrepreneur. But, it’s not always fun and we never show the bad sides of it. I’m trying to show it as much as I can.
What motivates you?
When you start your company, you start with nothing and from nothing. You have an idea and you’re trying to make it work.
Then this is idea grows, it then becomes reality, people are using your service/product, they are talking about it.
There’s nothing better than seeing just an idea becoming reality with thousands of people using it.
What skill / quality do you value the most?
Hard work and generosity. If you work hard and try to help people as much as you can, this will eventually come back to you in a good way.
Always give first without expecting something in return. Only good things will come up!
What is the greatest risk you’ve taken? What was your process in making your decision?
For me the greatest risk that I’ve taken is leaving a company such as Google, with amazing perks and work conditions, to the unknown entrepreneurship life. It’s a complete change and I did not know what it’s like to build something from scratch, without any prior experiences. But, “learning by doing” is what makes people grow and get better!
What do you do in your free-time to decompress?
I love to shoot videos and photos. I’m a DJ as well, and currently DJing for a radio based in Dublin and sometimes in the club. These two hobbies help me decompress a lot!
What is something you’ve had to learn on your own that you’d like to pass onto the next Creative?
Believe in yourself and do what you think is the best for you. Never be afraid of failure. Actually, you’ll never fail as long as you don’t give up!
What forms of media have influenced you the most?
I’d say videos. Thanks to online video sharing platform such as YouTube, I can get inspired by great entrepreneurs such as Guy Kawasaki or Gary Vaynerchuk. As I don’t have the opportunity to see them live at events, I’m still able to get some tips from their talks!
What hardware / software do you use?
I’m a huge Mac fan, so I use a Macbook Pro 15″ every day.
In terms of software, my daily softwares are Photoshop, Final Cut, Google Drive, Slack, Keynote, and Spotify as I can’t work without music.
What would be your dream creative setup?
I would say a big bright loft, quite cozy with loads of Macbooks and a personal barista in a corner. I’m a coffee addict so it would be awesome to have a barista in the office.