Have a break

Dear entrepreneur,

I hope you’re doing good. Are you planning to have a break?

At The Family, it’s a tradition: in August, we’re off. It’s summertime in Europe, our inboxes are quieter, business slows down, the Mediterranean coasts live their high season. We use August as a month to pause and reflect.

And August 2020 is special. The pandemic triggered social tensions everywhere. For the past five months, entrepreneurs have been facing the crisis, hustling, pivoting, rebooting and (re)discovering the virtues of solidarity. It was intense, and it still is. 

With such a shock, our society's values, “the common good” and infrastructures are playing a huge role. Individuals feel less powerful as they’re using all their energy to fix their own situations. Healthcare, justice and education are at the forefront like never before.

Crises intensify stereotypes and awaken our deepest fears. I came across this article saying that firearm sales jumped to over 120,000 per day in the US. Even if the numbers in Europe’s macroeconomic situation are terrible, it seems to me that the social tension here is less dramatic. First, because the fragmentation of power in Europe prevents one stupid leader from exacerbating the mess; and second, because massive public spending is smothering the impact of the crisis - €9B being dedicated to startups alone. One could argue that “zombie” companies will rise, true, but mass civil unrest brings other kinds of troubles - zombies with guns can be much more harmful.

“Pain is growth,” Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit, said during a live conversation we had two weeks ago, encouraging founders to stand up for their values. I fully agree. But there is pain that stimulates and pain that kills. So I’d also quote Nietzsche: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

In the middle of this storm, it might feel a bit shallow to talk about all the questions that are still pending for startup founders. But really it takes courage to humbly focus on how you can add value at your own level.

Should I plan an event with 100+ guests in November? Can we communicate about how we improved our business during the crisis? Should we keep working fully remotely? How will I integrate new employees? Is it the right time to fundraise? (...) 

These are the questions our founders ask everyday at The Family, and each case requires a different approach. In the middle of all this uncertainty, the most important thing is to maintain clarity - that’s why having a break can help you, because the best can be yet to come.

Make August a resourceful period for you - we’ll all need courage in September! 

💖SAVE THE DATE for the “Work From Anywhere Summit”!
On Sept. 30, 6-8pm, 100% online, we’ll gather with entrepreneurs and amazing guests to answer all your questions about working remotely due to COVID. It’s not just tips about “Remote Work”, it’s gonna be testimonials from the experiences of the last four months in terms of team organization, new habits, legal issues, recruitment in a post-COVID time... Book your spot here.

📘 La Bourse aux Livres - Did you know that in France, 142M books are thrown in the trash each year!?! Bravo to this team for selling 20k secondhand books within just a few months!

🌈 Merci Handy & The Keepers - They’ve teamed up to make living through the COVID-19 crisis a little brighter, designing a hand sanitizer distributor that combines the colorful universe of Merci Handy & the convenient storage of The Keepers. Keep your eyes open, it’s hard to miss their Rainbow Stations ;)

💵 Mansa - The platform providing loans for freelancers just announced their new Chief Capital Officer: Fabien, an ex-partner from Smart Lenders AM is joining the team to help them grow. And watch this interview with his wise 20-year-old CEO, Ali, to get a deeper understanding of the potential of this startup.

💥 Vybe - The team just closed a €2.2M pre-seed fundraising round and are on track for a September launch of their banking solution made just for Gen Z!

🎨 Simplifier - They launched their open beta that lets SaaS developers design, build and implement new integrations for their customers! Using it, you can connect with any third party product API ;)

💖Vestpod - In her constant effort to democratize savings for women, Emilie Bellet wrote a practical money handbook, “You’re Not Broke, You’re Pre-Rich”, and it became a bestselling book ;) And you can now read it on Amazon Kindle for just £0.99!

👶🏽 Le Smartsitting - Their after-school babysitting service expanded to 6 cities in France, including Lyon and Nantes - tell your friends with kids 3 and up, they’ll be eternally grateful <3

☀️ Jubiwee - This team is bringing a solution for corporates trying to navigate the odds of remote work: employees share their mood, constantly and truly. And the team has a new (free!) offer to get ready for the return from summer vacation, as well as a white paper on understanding your employees’ expectations (in 🇫🇷)

🎤 Sparkmate & Studio Majorelle - Sparkmate’s got tons of stories from their garage-to-MVP lab. Studio Majorelle specializes in podcasts with top CEOs and CTOs 💖Check out the first episode here (in FR for now ;)

🤓 Chargebee - This solution helps you replace in-house billing systems and spreadsheets 🙏 It gives teams the ability to set up subscription plans and trials, run pricing experiments, analyze subscriptions, accept multiple payment methods, and more! 

💼 Iconoclass - The school for business developers has a new training program to send your sales game to the stars ✨

❤️ Yac - This wonderful startup is giving people a way to cut down on Zoom fatigue - their audio messaging allows you to say the essential and send it, no need for typing or scheduling a meeting.

Whether you’re sunbathing, driving or cooking, get some fresh inspiration from entrepreneurs telling their truth. Head to our YouTube channel Startupfood and discover our Good Vibes interviews:

🍒With Riccardo, cofounder of King.com
He has put out some of the biggest mobile gaming hits ever. Like Candy Crush ;) Our discussion during quarantine went everywhere, all the way to why this serial Italian entrepreneur and investor always checks out the bathroom to see how a company is run ⛲️

😽With Alexis, cofounder of Reddit
He’s been on the frontlines of the internet for a long time. Our conversation covered the responsibility of social networks, racism and his recent decision to step down from the Reddit board, asking to be replaced by a person of color.

🛴With Fredrik, cofounder of VOI
He’s a European leader in electronic scooters. We talked about what it’s like to be tackling such a competitive and capital intensive market, where there’s no time to lose and tons of room for growth.

🔥The good things about moving online - The quarantine prevented us from running all our events for entrepreneurs the way we used to... We’ve had to completely rethink how we work at The Family and how we can support our community. We’ve discovered many good and yet unknown points actually! I explained everything in The Family, Moving On…line!

💋All you need to know to really create a memorable customer experience! Our CX Summit with AWS and Freshworks was great - hundreds of people coming together online to get actionable knowledge on creating an amazing customer experience. You can check out the videos on Startupfood, or get shorter versions in these two articles: The Customer Experience Mentality for Startups and Customer Experience wisdom from The Family’s online CX Summit.

😱About France’s leaders… Ever wondered: “Man, it really seems like they take zero risks?” My cofounder Nicolas explained why that is in his piece “France, As Revealed by its Elite”. Check it out, and make sure to subscribe to his newsletter European Straits!

🌹 Oh, and one last thing - The great investors over at Accel are putting together the 2020 Euroscape, the 100 hottest startups in Europe and Israel. To give you an idea, UiPath made the 2017 list before going on to become Europe’s first cloud decacorn 🦄Think your startup’s got what it takes? Apply!

See you on the other side,

Take care!

The Family Team

Blinders off.

Dear reader,


I hope you’re doing great.
My team and I feel directly concerned by the need to fight against racism. We do what we do because we believe that “ANYONE can become a great entrepreneur”. Our passion isn’t about “technology”, it’s not about “the Internet”, not even about “startups” themselves. 

We simply believe that entrepreneurship is a highway leading to people’s empowerment, society’s progress. And to broaden access to this new power, toxicity needs to be fought directly - elitism, paternalism, and racism.

We’ve created Koudetat, to make entrepreneurship really accessible all over France. We’ve started Goldup, to dedicate a program for women willing to start their own business. And now we’re working on addressing the lack of minorities in entrepreneurship, in whatever way we can.

But it would be too easy to say that we - The Family team, you, and me - are somehow outside of the problem. As long as we blame it on racist people, it won’t get solved. The underrepresentation of minorities in tech is too extreme to only be caused by those who are consciously stupid.

The one thing I know is that you need the people who incarnate change, to change. If the top tech founders are all white men, from rich backgrounds and elite schools, nothing can change. The “dominant” have a responsibility: to actively create a path and offer opportunities. And even if sincere, good intentions are there, let’s admit it: It’s time to get rid of many blind spots.

These past weeks offered us the chance to take our blinders off and act. I do think racism is a problem rooted in most cultures, each with their own history of traumas. If the anti-racist movement has gone global, it still calls for multiple local and individual answers. If you’re an entrepreneur, you can hire minorities. If you’re a journalist, you can write on minorities. If you’re an investor, you can bet on minorities.

➡️And if you’re a French-speaking founder willing to teach entrepreneurship in a program dedicated to minorities, send me an email.

Now some news: we’re going fully remote; our entrepreneurs are killing the game; you’re invited to the best live events… and other cool stuff.

At The Family, we’ve chosen to keep working fully remotely. And so we’ve decided to leave our offices in Paris, London and Berlin. When you know how much care we’ve put into our office spaces, you understand why it’s a radical decision for my team and me.

Announcing it, we’ve had all sorts of reactions…
Remote founders: “Finally, you see the value of remote work??”
Parisian founders: “What about the dinners and parties?”
Most of our founders: “Cool, you’ll be more available for office hours!”
And then the media: “The Family is dying!”

It’s crazy how symbols like having a big space still matter so much. But yes, in a time of crisis, we’ve decided to cut many costs, and office space is a big one, especially if the events we used to run inside them are impossible until… who knows when?

The crisis and quarantine made us realize that remote work could go well with efficiency, happiness and our own lifestyles. It’s different for sure, but it’s actually more convenient to support our founders based all over the world. And of course, you can count on my team to launch parties and dinners… but now they can be anywhere ;-)

That’s true as well for online events: we’re now welcoming speakers who used to be “unreachable” before. You’ll see some in the agenda below: the founders of Reddit and King.com will be sharing their insights during our next live online events!

🎬 Harouna has always been fond of manga and cinema. He grew up hoping to become a scriptwriter. He started Tictales with his friend Christophe: a mix between mobile games and romantic movies where you are the hero. More than 50k users play everyday! And Tictales releases new games constantly. Their new baby is... The Voice! Check it out and start feeling like a rising pop star, on Android and iPhone.

💦 Anne has an incredible gift: she sees what people really want - even in the most intimate of spaces ;) Her latest product is MyLubie, a 100% natural personal lubricant. Made in France, with no silicone, no alcohol, no palm oil, no scent… Everything you want, nothing you don’t. She’s already exploded through her pre-sales goal by over 400%, so slide on over and get yours too!

🛠 Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur. And if you’re not a coder, you can still launch a startup. The people behind Packman put it all into production: you can point-and-click your way to an MVP, with super transparent pricing and deliverables. Driven by Maxime, cofounder of The Secret Company and Morgan, CEO of Sparkmate, you don’t need to waste time figuring out how to get from 0 to 1.

📦 Stockoss: Laurent’s team has grown by 100% in 6 months and are now the go-to storage solution for 80+ companies.

🛍 Flash: They’ve launched a private beta for their 1-click payment process for e-merchants. Get on board to double your conversion rate!

🍷 : Thomas and François-Xavier help winemakers who want to grow organically and sustainably, and they also became B-Corp certified!

🚇 Suburvan: Carlos is using automated vans to jumpstart public transport, even in post-COVID times! CEO Carlos explains how here.

📍 Pickme: Jessie is making delivery easy thanks to your neighbors. 1,600 neighbors have registered in the Paris area! She closed a funding round during the crisis and she’s looking for a CTO ;)

❤️Span: Patrick is giving companies a new way to support employees during this difficult time, giving access to registered nutritionists and psychologists.

🥬 Magic Bean: The delicious veggie products that look and taste like meat are available in Monoprix, Franprix & Casino supermarkets - find the retailer nearest you!

🐎 Ohlala Sellerie: Clara & Geoffrey kept horse lovers in the saddle during confinement by providing the food and accessories they need to care for their animals. They’ve already surpassed their yearly numbers from 2019!

🦜 Plume: Aude multiplied her number of users 50x over the last two months! And they just released a new fun product making kids love writing (and helps parents deal with so much time out of school!)

🐼 Money Walkie: Raphael has created a kid-friendly payment card, dedicated to parents willing to go cashless with their kids. They launched and achieved their crowdfunding campaign within just one week!

🐯 And our product manager Lorenzo put together the legal building blocks you need to get your business off the ground. Don’t losing time or $, see these resources ;)

🌈 Good Vibes Radio: Live with entrepreneurs you’ll love

During quarantine, every day I interviewed entrepreneurs I find fascinating. I’m not a journalist, I’m clearly positively biased, that’s why they felt comfortable talking more openly than usual.

You can find all the past episodes here. Enjoy Quentin, the CEO of CleverCloud singing opera, Carole, the CEO of Joone explaining her previous life as an English teacher, or Fredrik, the CEO of the e-scooter company VOI, dancing to ABBA - yes, he’s Swedish 😁

You don’t wanna miss our upcoming guests: on Thursday I’ve got Riccardo, founder of King games (heard of Candy Crush?); on June 19 I’ve got Noah, cofounder of Sumo; and on June 26 I’ve got Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit 😻

💥 Join the Customer Experience Summit!

Startups can definitely compete with (and beat) big corps at building an unforgettable experience. The CEO of Guru, the CX officer of Slack, the head of Freshworks Europe, the head of AWS for startups… They are all sharing their secret sauce to making customers feel like queens and kings. Thursday, June 18, tickets are free, you’ll enjoy both the relevant content and meeting other participants! Book your spot right here

🌹 Looking for your cofounder?

Make the magic happen with this on online meeting with 50+ other potential cofounders. From all around the world, they meet online for 3 hours of serendipity. Already having an idea or not, they all have skills, experience, and motivation to start a new venture. We’ve already run 3 editions and the results are amazing: you can find your cofounder if you search in the right place! The next edition is on Saturday July 4, grab your early bird ticket!

💋 Ladies, are you ready to start your own business?

Our dedicated program (in French) for women, Goldup is now 100% online ;) We’ve accompanied 93 women taking their businesses’ early steps during quarantine. The switch to remote has been a beautiful success, as if the desire to get over the physical distance amplified the intensity of interactions among the participants.
- For the next bootcamp, applications are open
- Upcoming workshops: on Snapchat ads & how to work with influencers
- And to enjoy Goldup all year long, you can now get the membership with access to all the workshops, the community and the magic sessions to focus on your business!

🤓 Our CFO Younès published the first editions of his newsletter, Chasing Paper. If you’re interested in how corporate finance is changing in the post-COVID tech world, or if you just want tips on how to manage your cash, subscribe!

💎 As always, Nicolas Colin is writing like he’s on FIRE 🔥In French, he’s got Nouveau Départ, produced together with his wife Laetitia, and in English there’s European Straits, which recently took a close look at what capitalism really is.

🎓 Oussama has been hitting the publish button too. His recent articles look at entrepreneurship as an option for today’s graduates (whether from high school, university or business school) and supplying entrepreneurs with the mindset they need to restructure and come out on the other side of this crisis.

❤️ Lockdown didn’t freeze everything: Check and Visit is hiring for a senior software engineer, a junior machine learning R&D engineer, and a product owner.

💚 All about nutrition? Compliment has 3 full-time positions open, for a community manager, marketing manager, and fullstack dev. 

💛 Wanna finance freelancers? Mansa recently raised €2M and they’re hiring developers - back-end, front-end, machine learning... 

💜 Rocketing up: Takeoff Labs is hiring in California for a senior product designer and a senior iOS engineer.

💙 Still hunting for that perfect new job? Check out 200+ open positions with our startups on our Jobs page!

That’s all, folks!
Now let’s enjoy the change.
We’re all accountable. We all have a role to play. We will all benefit from this change.

Love,

Alice & The Family team

About the will to build.

Dear entrepreneur,

I saw this quote attributed to Albert Einstein, in 1931: “To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.” 

Indeed, that “will” to overcome is the key to action. It’s also the message I retain from the blogpost of Marc Andreessen, who talks about the “desire” needed to make a better society in every field: healthcare, housing, automated factories, education, transportation...

So if I want to, I can?

I’d like to add an observation: No will to act can emerge from denial. Among all the daring entrepreneurs I‘ve been observing these last few weeks, there’s something they share: They are facing reality as it is, and they are afraid. They’re going through intense emotions - doubts, anxiety and fear. Only then can they act: pivoting, transforming, creating, building.

These weeks have impacted us all, profoundly. Freedom is limited to our homes, other people are a threat and social distancing is the new norm, borders are closed, presidents talk about a “war”, unemployment is booming, cash is (a missing) king.

Emotions are real, they nurture our behaviors and direct our actions. Today the consequences of fear are concrete. It’s important to recognize that if we want to “build”. Being courageous doesn’t mean being overly confident. It means being aware of the risks, listening to and recognizing one’s fears, and then deciding to overcome them. In “courage”, you have “cor”, the Latin word for “heart”: being courageous is being close to your heart and emotions, accepting your vulnerability.

Only then can that “will” perhaps become coherent, profound and unifying, logically taking into account the real things - health, education, justice, housing… - needed for an inclusive, green and happy society.

If you agree and want to build, NOW, let us know ➡️ hello@thefamily.co
Cool. Now it’s time to get some fresh news and stories of founders I find courageous ;)

Fresh news

✈️ My cofounder Nicolas Colin launched Nouveau Départ
Nicolas is giving in-depth looks at specific industries and where they’re headed. If you’re thinking of launching a startup, if you’re investing, if you’re trying to figure out how to re-position yourself or your company, subscribe (🇫🇷).


🌈 Every day at 12:19pm CEST, let’s get some...Good Vibes!
Live chats with inspiring entrepreneurs, adapting to the current times.

  • 🇫🇷Tues. 28th with Marie, CEO of Iconoclass, #salestraining

  • 🇫🇷Wed. 29th with Shannon, CEO of Schoolmouv #education #growth

  • 🇬🇧Thurs. 30th with Quentin, CEO of Clever Cloud #COVID19

  • 🇧🇪Fri. 1st with Will, CEO of Compliment #nutrition #wellness

  • 🇬🇧Mon. 4th with Fredrik, CEO of VOI #mobility #green

  • 🇫🇷Tues. 5th with Carole, CEO of Joone #CleanBabyDiapers #Retail

Get the full schedule and book your ticket right here.
You can watch past episodes with the CEOs of Comet, Inshallah, Ada Tech School, HireSweet, Heetch, Jow... right here!


❤️Goldup: Girls, we made it!
Our entrepreneurial bootcamp dedicated to women, Goldup, has switched to become a fully online training program. The participants have been helping each other even more during quarantine. So now we’re launching a new bootcamp, together with our partner Shopify, running from May 4-13.
If you’re a woman willing to learn how to build your new business while being surrounded by a crew of feminist founders, ask me all your questions tomorrow at 10:30 am during a live Q&A (in 🇫🇷).

Big Ups

In case you’re wondering if entrepreneurs have a role to play now… Let’s get some concrete examples ;)

🧪 Kourosh & Inato: Data for researchers.
Getting a vaccine could change the game. Kourosh and his team usually work to help clinical trials get more patients, faster. Right now they are dedicated to Anticovid: an open access platform that gathers all available information regarding global clinical trials for the virus responsible for COVID-19. Pooling information is critical for optimizing resource allocation as quickly as possible.

🛠 Quentin & Baptiste: Building respirators with MakAir!
Two of The Family’s beloved entrepreneurs teamed up: Quentin of Clever Cloud and Baptiste of Crisp, both based in Nantes, both doers. They heard what we all heard: one of the big problems was a lack of respirators in hospitals. So together with entrepreneurs, engineers and medical professionals, they developed a medical-grade respirator design, the MakAir, totally non-profit. 

💖 Hind & WeMind: Insuring freelancers, now.
Especially if they’re hospitalized, freelancers need support for the income they lose, and WeMind gives it.

🙏🏽 Anastasia & MyDiabby: Taking care of diabetes patients, from home.
Everyone’s trying to keep pressure off the hospitals, and MyDiabby lets patients monitor their diabetes and talk with their doctor remotely.

😷 Lavinia & Akesio: COVID-19 de-stress!
Self-care is essential right now. Lavinia is a Medical Doctor using her knowledge of how stress impacts health to bring a human touch to your day.

💸 Ali & Mansa: Freelancers get loans.
Freelancers are a big gap in all the government plans to help businesses. Mansa can get them the cash they need fast, because their entire business is making freelancers’ lives easier.

🥗 Jacques-Ed & Jow: Enjoy cooking from home.
It’s easy to feel down in confinement, to get stuck in a routine. Jow takes something important - food - and gives you fresh recipes AND safe, fast delivery of the ingredients you need.

👨‍🍳 Sixte & Nestor: Caregivers in hospitals get food delivered for free.
If you deliver meals to office workers, you gotta go where they are - and that’s at home right now. So Nestor did, all while donating part of the proceeds to the public hospital system.

🌏 Shannon & Schoolmouv: Great education online.
School’s out, but learning’s gotta keep going. Schoolmouv’s offering their catalog of materials for just €1, which is a huge relief for parents.

🌳 JC & Agroleague: How to become better organic farmers?
Switching agricultural habits is hard and farmers need help. JC and his team bring together education and community to boost them up.

🌹 Louis & Merci Handy: You are heroes.
Turn your production completely to making hydroalcoholic gel in a few days? Yep, they did, to get virus-fighting power to the people who need it most right now

🔥 Olivier & Kymono: Let’s be swagging!
Kymono designs customized outfits for startup teams, on demand. The founder, Olivier, wanted to contribute and created a t-shirt for all those “masked heroes” - and 100% of the benefits are given to Protège Ton Soignant, the non-profit supplying gear caregivers need. 

👅 Totem X Jow: Healthy breakfasts delivered at your home!
Two entrepreneurs from The Family teamed up to provide breakfast to your house. If you’re in Paris or its suburbs, download Jow and enjoy Totem’s food ;)

👁 Zoom fatigue? Bubbly cares for your eyes.
Bubbly’s team is keeping people able to see, supplying contact lenses, even while all the opticians are closed. 

🚛 Paul & Fretlink: Allowing transporters to see the emergencies.
Fretlink changed their UX to meet the needs of the crisis: they let transporters declare which return trips they need to fill up fast. Plus, they have a new blog!

👻 Chris & Pasabi: Fighting fake news!
Pasabi won a big deal with Trustpilot to put their AI to work combatting fake content and reviews.

🌱 Thibauld & Fairmint: A new funding system.
Fairmint is now launched and investors have already bought over 100K FAIRs! If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a non-dilutive way to let supporters around the world help finance your business, check it out.

⚙️ Roldan & Mekanika: Buy machines and learn.
As you’ve seen during this crisis, owning the production chain fully and autonomously is key. Mekanika is the first open source digital milling machine for artisans & carpenters.

💖 Thibauld & Jubiwee: Care for your team.
Jubiwee is showing that team management and employee engagement is more important than ever by having tripled their onboarding of new clients.

🎓 Marie & Iconoclass: Learn how to sell.
Iconoclass has opened signups for their next Sales School session in September, and they’ll be live online on May 5 to answer all your questions.

👑 Alexandre & Fleet: Cash is King.
Fleet allows you to rent computers and reduce your cash burn, which is crucial right now. And guess what, they're still operating and delivering computers to your door!


Oh wow, you’re still here?
I love you for that ;p

Let’s be courageous, now you know the road: reality, emotions, actions.
See you soon, and take care,

Alice & The Family team

You <> The world

Dear entrepreneur,

I hope you and your loved ones are well 💖

I have no clue of how the world after covid-19 will look like. What I know is that the entrepreneurs using this time to move forward will be the ones shaping it. And we’d all rather see people who believe in care, ambition, and diversity in charge.

So my question for you is, can it be you?
I know you share the same values - you wouldn’t be reading this newsletter otherwise. With The Family team all confined at home, we’ve started online experiences for entrepreneurs willing to make the most out of this time.

The goal of these events is simple: nurturing your entrepreneurial and optimistic self. These events are live, fun, and full of smart content and opportunities to meet potential partners, cofounders, and why not, friends.

The world may stop, entrepreneurs would still find ways to create value. 

Creators, be our guests ;)


Nouveau Départ, Wed. April 8, 5:45 pm (CEST)
My cofounder Nicolas Colin is starting a series to dive deep into individual industries, figuring out what this crisis is changing profoundly in each industry. He’s starting with Education, it’s in French, tickets are here

Fundraising in Challenging Times, Fri. April 10, 3:45 pm (CEST)
Fundraising seems to be impossible now. We’ve got Fred Destin of Stride.VC and Bartosz Jakubowski of Alven to give you insights on what investors are now thinking and doing. Plus entrepreneurs with alternative funding sources will present other options to raise money. In English, tickets here.

Be My Cofounder, Sat. April 11, 9:45 am (CEST)
Being a solo founder is like partying alone: you can do it, but it’s not nearly as much fun. By joining this event you’ll learn how to choose the right person and you’ll have speed matching with dozens of potential cofounders. Feedback from the previous one was awesome, and we’re super excited to see the startups that are born here! Tickets here.

In case you want some Good Vibes, join me every day, 12:19 pm (CEST).
It’s just me and an entrepreneur who I love having a conversation. I ask all the questions I want and it’s high on optimism. Coming up:


And finally, for any entrepreneur, our hotline is open with our directors Balthazar & Mathias.


Love 💖

Alice and The Family team

It’s time to care

Hey team,

I hope you’re doing good. That’s all that matters, the rest is a bonus.

Let’s make confinement a better moment for all of us. Many of you expressed how working from home wasn't easy, others said they would love to use this time to start a new venture and, more than ever, we all need human connections.

So we’ve dreamed up some online experiences that you may seriously enjoy… Ready?

This Friday: Remote Summit
This is a one-day summit about your current work situation. We’ve chosen only inspiring entrepreneurs, coming from UpWork, Buffer, InVision and more.
They will be giving you the keys to actually enjoying remote work. The schedule is unique: interactive talks, smart fireside chats and online networking (like ChatRoulette, but for professionals).

On Saturday morning: Find Your Cofounder!
What if you could meet your cofounder thanks to The Family? It’s something that’s happened so often at our dinners and conferences. Let’s try to do it online? We’ve prepared a pretty packed morning for you, with pragmatic talks and speed-matching sessions, all with a crowd of passionate founders. 

You’re welcome to join

Good Vibes
It’s a daily live conversation with entrepreneurs you’ll love discovering. They’re the ones behind Inshallah.com, SoShape, Fempo, Fretlink, Inato, Heetch… I’ll talk to them about how they’re adapting to the current times, all with optimistic vibes. 

Most talks are in French for now, but some pretty interesting ones are coming up in English as well ;)


Be our guests, enjoy these events, give me feedback and suggestions to make them better and better.

By the way, our website is now focusing on giving entrepreneurs the support they need to navigate this storm. Check out all the resources for dealing with COVID-19 - we’ve curated the best and divided them up by both countries and topics.

And finally, our Fellowship directors Balthazar and Mathias have opened up their calendars to provide a hotline for any entrepreneur - reach out for a friendly ear and honest feedback. 


Take care.
We are united.

Alice & The Family

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