Sébastien Larroudé: Co-Founder/CEO of Steambot

My NativeAdVantage: As a designer I really love to solve complex problems.


Sébastien Larroudé is a concept designer, Co Founder and CEO of Steambot. He was influenced by the various cultures largely responsible for his multiple creative passions, which range from architecture. He has been invited to speak at various events and workshops in North America and Europe. Sebastien come from South of France where he has studied Fine Art and Photography. He worked for several years in video games, films and commercial medias industry. He lives in Montreal, Canada where he founded STEAMBOT STUDIOS INC. in 2006, a Canadian creative agency specialized in developing ideas and providing Concept Art for Entertainment Industry with Joel Dos Reis Viegas and Nicolas Ferrand. Sébastien is actually co-creating and producing a new franchise and intellectual property named Urbance, directing by Joel Dos Reis Viegas.

What do you do best?

I am good at feeling people's strengths and weaknesses, which in turn helps me to surround myself with talented people. I have therefore the right people at the right place. Also, as a designer I really love to solve complex problems.

What makes you the best?

I am dedicated. We are dedicated. Dedicated to implement our vision. Every one of us at Steambot is a visionary so to speak. We love what we do and I am much more human driven CEO than a results driven CEO. Sure I seek results, but through the empowerment of the wonderful and skilled human beings who surround me. So I guess what makes me the best (to humbly quote the question itself) is that I understand the value of human beings, with a particular attention to trust, passion and failures.

How will you become the best?

See previous question, we're already the best ;) Seriously though, we'll remain the best by becoming unavoidable. The output of our production is of uttermost quality and our clients already know that and trust us in sustaining this edge we have. Furthermore, as a CEO, I understand that my job revolves mostly around sensing the changes in the circumstances. I trust our creative skills to sort of draw a link for our customers and fans between the freshness of our productions and our business strategy.

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

Personal: Continue to have a simple life dedicated to what I like and love. I always thrive to become a better person. I work on it everyday.

Business: I want to continue to develop franchises and intellectual properties and also build strong ramifications around universes.

What fascinates you?

A lot of things. Nature continues to fascinate me. This is true since I was a child. Art of course, so much so that part of it became my job. I also play music as a hobby. To sum it up, I'd say that the complexity of life and life itself are fascinating me. I find so much depth in art and in nature that it keeps me going.

Favorite Motto?

It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself. ‘’Charles Darwin’’

Favorite People?

Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud. However, these days I am actually fascinated with Georges Bataille's writing and Maurice Ravel's music for piano.

Favorite Places?

A place I keep jealously secret for myself and the people I love.

Favorite Products?

Hard to tell, I am not your typical consumer. My old music instruments are my old friends. My new microscope these days proves really interesting. It is so unbelievable the tiny little things we can observe with this kind of engine.

Current Passions?

Playing music, climbing and nature.You know, a few days ago I planted some trees and some plants in my small yard. I believe there is so much more to our lives than the businesses we're running. After all, we're here for a reason, and it would be foolish to believe that one life is fulfilled by success. I learn a lot each time I fail, and a lot less when I succeed. And I love learning new things.