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.
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.
What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
Visiting my family and friends in Europe this summer and spending time with my wife and kids. With PLUS QA we’ve launched a new product this year called BetaCrash and I hope we will be able to innovate and continue to grow the company.