Where are you from, what is your background?I am originally from a small town in Southern France. After high school I moved to Montpellier where I studied and lived for a few years. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Multimedia and Communication from Montpellier University III. Then I moved to Portland with my wife (who’s originally from here). I spent a couple years working at Intel then at a start-up software company before working at a digital agency with clients like Nike and HP. In 2008, I quit my job and started PLUS QA.
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What do you do for fun?I enjoy snowboarding, bodyboarding and mountain biking. I like spending time with my wife and kids and also with my French friends who live in Portland. Aside from that, I enjoy remodeling properties. My wife and I have worked on 3 properties in the past 10 years including the building PLUS QA is occupying now.
Could you tell me more about your entrepreneurship adventure?When I first moved to Portland I started a small web design freelance business called A6 Design. I would work on it off-hours to keep up with design and development. I did it for a few years but testing became a big part of my life so I ended up stopping.
In 2008, I was 29 and my wish was to start a company before my 30th birthday. So a month before I turned 30 I quit my job and started PLUS QA. I try to push the company’s growth a little further each year and so far it has worked out. It’s a great and fun adventure. I will continue as long as I enjoy it and the people around me feel the same.
How Plus QA started, what was your goal?It started in my head with a lot of ideas and a few months later I was working from my basement. That’s where it all started. For the first 2-3 years it was me and a couple freelance testers then in 2010/2011 it became a “real” company. We had a team of 10 by the end of 2011. Then we grew to 20, 25, 32 in 2016 and now we have a total of 52 employees.
My goal was to do something I enjoyed and try to do it better than anyone else. For a while I read blogs and forums about QA testing and I felt there was a missing link in the industry. I did not really find any QA companies with the expertise to work with digital agencies and startups so I thought I could bring something new to the market.