Entrepreneur for some, Unemployed for most

Two years ago, my in-laws visited us in London from Paris for my mother-in-law's Birthday. My 7-year-old niece asked me: “Uncle, where do you work?”. “From home”, I said. She then replied quite energetically: “This is not real work! You have no office and no colleagues”. My in-laws first laughed, but then a discomforting silence crept in: my niece had just said out loud what everyone was already thinking.

Je t’aime Paris, forever my second home

Le Petit Cambodge was one of the theatres of the recent macabre Paris attacks. I got my first flat literally a short walk away when I moved to Paris, and used to go to that restaurant sometimes. I have to admit that I really am surprised by how deeply affected I am by what happened. 

Being resilient after failing and being fired

3 years ago, I left France and a comfortable career in Finance. I moved to the UK to chase my food/ag tech dreams and did not know what I was getting myself into. Since then, I have aged 10 years and learned a lot about myself. It took me to fail at my own startup, be denied a British visa and be fired brutally to understand the true meaning of resilience.

The dilemma of the African millennial

I am part of the Generation Y, the so-called millennials, the generation that grew up with the beginning of globalisation and the fresh wave of a post cold war urban culture. Like many Gen-Y urban dwellers, I aspire to live my dreams, achieve something greater than myself. 

Public buses on both sides of the Channel

I have been traveling regularly to Paris since I moved to London 2.5 years ago. I rely almost exclusively on buses to move around London, much less in Paris where I often use ride sharing. I took the bus yesterday in Paris, and it reminded me how differently Parisians and Londoners behave in public transportation.

My 2015 personal resolutions

2014 was my toughest and best year so far on a personal level. I really got to push myself to the edge and know myself much better. Now a month into 2015, from the lessons I got from last year, here are 5 things I commit to do more.

France, cesses de nous appeler patrons!

"La révolte des patrons”. “Les patrons grognent”. Une série interminable de phrases avec ce fameux mot de “patrons”. Comme un Dirty word a l’américaine. Le mal français est bien installé: toute la construction du discours médiatico-économique tourne autour de la lutte des classes. Une malheureuse tendance française à la division et l’opposition plutôt qu’au rassemblement et l’apaisement. Et si on disait STOP aux amalgames?

How I learned to be a courageous founder

I am the founder of Sincuru, a London-based subscription service that ships weekly bags of recovered produce right to your door. I reflected back on the last 6 months and, if just one lesson learned, it’s definitely how my lack of courage has put the company in hazard. Learned it the hard way!