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Christophe Pasquier, CEO of Slite
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #33
Christophe Pasquier is the CEO of Slite, the knowledge sharing tool.
In this interview, you will discover what inspires Christophe and learn about his favorite book.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration?
It’s a pretty complicated question. It’s funny because all my ideas usually start in the shower. Usually, it’s ideas that germinate in my head. Then everything crystalizes.
Talking to entrepreneurs also inspires me enormously. The ping-pong aspect of collective reflection with passionate people often sparks new ideas.
For example, yesterday, I had lunch with an entrepreneur who is building a networking platform and a freelancer community. I challenged him, and ideas came to me. This kind of situation feeds my creativity.
I like knowing the story behind projects and knowing why things are done one way and not another. At Slite, we often discuss ideas one-on-one, with the team, and with my cofounders. Each discussion adds a brick to the building.
How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?
I read about all the possible subjects. However, I don’t always read the entire book. I prefer to focus on the passages that interest me.
My daily learning is centered around talking with a multitude of different people.
For example, when I speak with a client, I become immersed in their business. To prepare for the call, I examine their business from the bottom to the top, the same way the client would. The great thing is that each person has a unique vision and a different way of responding to problems. I learn a vast amount from people.
I also find Twitter to be a catalyst for great people. I like to read tweets from Paul Graham and Gustaf Alströmmer. When I log onto Twitter, I know I’m bound to find something interesting. Right now, I’m reading Jean-Marc Jeancovici’s posts. I love everything he shares about climate change. I have a background in electrical engineering and know that I cannot learn all subjects on my own. Following an expert in an interesting field is an excellent way to learn.
You can learn in all areas. For example, I‘ve learned a lot about management through coaching and one-on-ones with my co-founder Pierre.
Regarding other subjects such as development and design, I find that to progress, nothing is better than getting your hands dirty. I am continually testing and creating things.
What are your favorite books 📚?
Romain Gary’s The Promise of Dawn is a book that touched me deeply. It is an exceptional autobiography that brings a unique perspective about the vision one can have in life. There is a richness to the author’s life and, at the same time, regrets and melancholy.
What is your favorite podcast 🎧?
There are so many.
More related to business, that would be the Y Combinator’s podcast.
I enjoy the podcast by Michael Seibel (CEO of Y combinator), delivered in a shorter format of two to five minutes. This podcast can be about life in general, work, or startups. The general idea is that Michael Seibel answers his little brother’s questions, who is fifteen years younger than him. The subjects are quite varied. It can range from “where should I live if I want to become an entrepreneur” to “how to work with friends who impress you.” This podcast is a gem of conciseness.
I also really like A Good Time (French) and HBO’s podcast series, Chernobyl.
This podcast is incredible; it parallels each TV episode. It shares the behind-the-scenes experience of the series and details the disaster and how certain parts of the series differ from reality.
What is your favorite article 📰?
The article that I love and that I talk about all the time is “How to Write Usefully” by Paul Graham. At Slite, we have a strong written culture, so this article is our bible.
If you were stuck alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
If I have an internet connection and electricity, it would obviously be a computer.
Otherwise, I would bring a massive ream of paper and pencils to jot down my ideas and continue creating.
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