What Drives Guillaume Martin (Pictarine)

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This post is part of an ongoing interview series that discovers what makes some of the planet’s brightest minds tick. From entrepreneurs to executives, this is your chance to connect with, and get inspired by, the avant-garde trailblazers working at of the coolest companies on the planet.

Guillaume is the co-founder and CEO of Pictarine, a service that centralizes and organizes your photos and your friends’ photos from all your online photo-services.

He has a background in tech and management and co-founded Pictarine in 2010 in Paris with Maxime and Guillain. The team integrated the accelerator program Le Camping in Paris 8 months ago, and now is moving to Chicago, to join the accelerator program Excelerate Labs.

What do you enjoy most about your work and why?

Passion, freedom and meeting very talented people. Not a lot of jobs allow you to have these three things together. I wake up every morning and I know I will do amazing new things and meet awesome people and this is priceless!

Where does your entrepreneurial passion come from? What drives you, inspires you, excites you?

Something I really enjoy is traveling, because for me traveling is learning. We are moving to Chicago at the end of the month, and we will discover new startups, a new culture, new people. Everyday I learn new things and this is where my entrepreneurial passion comes from.

Someone reading this wants to start a tech company. What’s your best advice for them?

Talk to your users or your potential users. Truly understand that your real value is not your product, it’s the community that uses your product. Without users, you are nothing more than lines of codes. So go meet your community and listen!

What are a few tech startups that you’re really excited about right now and why?

I’m really excited about how Spotify is growing right now. It is very rare to see a european startup becoming a major actor.

I follow very closely Path and Pair too. Although they are private networks, these services are growing very fast and this is very interesting to understand why and how they are doing that.

What tech tools (websites, apps, gadgets, etc.) do you rely on both for work and in your down time?

Some of the well-known services I use at Pictarine are Evernote, Dropbox, Mailchimp and Balsamiq. I’m trying ...

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