Francois is the founder and CEO of MakerBloks. In July 2014, he graduated with the best grade in Canada from the Founder Institute, which is the largest entrepreneurial accelerator in the world, and is now putting all his energy to change the way children are introduced to electronic circuits. With MakerBloks, Francois has been cumulating various achievements and awards, his latest being the first Montreal TechCrunch Pitch-Off. He is also now a mentor at the Founder Institute and helps the Montreal startup community and its young entrepreneurs grow to it’s full potential.
What’s Your NativeAdVantage:
What do you do best?
I’m a problem solver. I am never faced with a dead-end and always find a way to “make it happen”.
What makes you the best?
I have a clear vision of the big picture and always try to think 3-4 moves ahead. That way, we don’t lose focus of the main goal and features and the tons of possibilities ahead of us do not distract us.
What are your aspirations?
I want to create a strong brand that will be a reference in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning for children. Education and knowledge are our biggest assets and it should be an every day priority. I want all children to have the best tools possible to become the best human being possible.
Enjoying good food with my girlfriend. I like to explore and discover new ingredients, recipes or little restaurant where we share an experience.
It’s better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission… in all legality.
My parents: my biggest supporters, fans, counsellors and friends.
My brother: my first role model and he still are.
My girlfriend: my rock, my lighthouse, she is the one that allow me to push the limits and to be bold because I know she will always have my back.
My friends: a bunch a really funny people
My mentors: people dedicated to see me and other succeed to make Montreal a place where ideas come to life.
Montreal: My home and the place that defines me.
New York: The place I always love to go and would never want to leave.
Panama: The place that gets me back to reality.
Ireland: Where I learned the best things in life comes in the most unexpected way.
I love tech, but not at all cost. My iPhone is glued to me, my laptop and iPad almost never leaves my sight.
All “one-bite” food: Sushi, oysters, piece of cheese, crackers… and candies.
A good old-school cocktail.
I almost always wear a hoody… I need more of those.
Exploring new (or old) places that I’ve never been to, especially small snack places.
Making, building and hacking stuff. 3D printing.
Walking in a new city.
Playing any type of games.