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Cyril de Sousa, CEO at Le Petit Martin

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #15

Today we are pleased to welcome Cyril de Sousa Cardoso. Cyril is an entrepreneur, author, teacher, and speaker. He is the CEO and founder of the French startup Le Petit Martin, founded in 2018. Le Petit Martin is a chatbot solution that answers recurring HR questions from employees. Cyril is also Associate Director of the Audalom consulting firm, supporting government’s and businesses’ transformations. Passionate about innovation, Cyril’s mission is to put people and teams back at the heart of any transformation, creativity, and innovation project.

He has written four books in French 🇫🇷 : the art of innovation, 121 tools for developing collaboration, Innovating Like Elon Musk, Data Power.

Finally, Cyril is President of Innovation Commando, a French association aiming to put humans at the center of innovation.

Cyril de sousa CEO Le Petit Martin
Cyril de Sousa, CEO at Le Petit Martin

Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

I have many sources of inspiration. However, if I must narrow the list down to  a few, I would choose:

Yuval Noah Harari. He is an Israeli public intellectual, historian, and author. He wrote Homo deus and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Two books I really liked reading. He is a meaningful source of inspiration and reflection.

Gaspard Koenig. Gaspard founded the think tank Generation Libre in 2013. He is a French philosopher, essayist and novelist. He is the author of numerous essays and novels. He defends liberalism.

Friedrich Nietzsche: the German philosopher born in 1844, because I find that he has an instrumental philosophy useful in our time.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?

I love a newsletter: The Conversation, which includes articles from French and global researchers who popularize science. This is my primary source of knowledge. I read it every weekend.

I love the TedX community. I am a big fan of their events. I watch them on YouTube or live when I have the chance. It’s also a great source of inspiration and learning for me.

Live Events, especially those organized by the French newspaper Le Monde, allow me to meet experts in various fields.

Think Tanks that produce ideas to respond to issues and challenges. I am very invested in Generation Libre, founded by Gaspard Koenig

What are your favorite books 📚?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harai

From Zero to One Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: by Friedrick Nietzsche, which illustrates his philosophy very well.

What is your favorite podcast 🎧?

I don’t listen to podcasts, but I want to get started 🙂

If you were to stay alone on an island and would only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be? 

I would bring an automatic watch, which works without a battery. We work in the world of AI, but I find it incredible that an automatic watch can always tell the time. It spins infinitely as long as you first set it to the hour.

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