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Catherine Barba Chiaramonti, Entrepreneur & Investor
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #31
Entrepreneur, investor, and President of French Tech New York, Catherine Barba Chiaramonti shares her learning routine with us in this interview and why Literature or Life is her favorite book.
How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?
I’ve always been propelled by curiosity, to try to be better and do better constantly. This drive to learn new things is an integral part of me. I believe we continuously have to push for new perspectives. Sometimes through simple acts, like reading unusual articles or sitting with a new group of people.
I ask many questions to all the people I meet: What trends are you seeing? What makes you nervous? What excites you? I invest in founders who are immensely knowledgeable about their space. Therefore, I walk away from meetings with them, having learned from world-class experts.
And you, what have you done recently to challenge your perspectives?
One hour a day, I read, research, and network relentlessly.
Every year I engage in a new challenge that requires me to learn a great deal in a short period – I know it’s crazy! There is much to discover, and life is so short. This mentality led me to run a marathon and learn Arabic (I’ve just started, and I love it!).
What is your favorite podcast, and why 🎧?
Three remarkable French podcasts will help you learn from successful entrepreneurs and freelancers and help you push for new perspectives:
– Oui Are NY! by Ilan Abehassera
– Nouveau Depart by Laetitia Vitaud
What are your favorite books and why 📚?
My go-to book among all other books is Literature or Life by Jorge Semprun. My father gave it to me in 1994. Since then, I read it every year with the very same fascination. It’s one of the most demanding and profound literary contributions to Holocaust literature.
“Il y aurait toujours cette mémoire, cette solitude : cette neige dans tous les soleils, cette fumée dans tous les printemps.” – There would always be this memory, this loneliness: the snow in every sun, the smoke in every spring.
If you were stuck alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
My favorite cookbook: The Whole Fish Cookbook HAHA
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