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Lancelot HARDEL, CTO at Ulysse

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #12

Today we have the great pleasure to receive Lancelot HARDEL, a serial entrepreneur! Lancelot started his entrepreneurial career by co-founding Swello in 2010. Swello is a software that allows you to plan your posts on social networks. In 2014, he co-founded Labellevie.com, a website that allows shopping online. In 2017, he launched his new project: Ulysse.travel. Ulysse is the easiest way to book a flight!

Lancelot Hardel
Lancelot HARDEL, CTO at Ulysse

Who is your main source of inspiration 👩?

Oh! Difficult to say. Today, there is so much diversity in people’s stories, opinions, and perspectives. So, I would say that my real source of inspiration is everything that I’m able to read, hear, and find on a daily basis.

I also must give credit to Paul LÊ, CEO of Labellevie, where I had the chance to work with him. The way he was fighting for his business and encouraging his team was a great source of inspiration. He was constantly sharing knowledge and his inspirations with everyone. He really pushed me forward.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?

I try to schedule at least one call every week with a new connection, mainly people in the tech industry (CEO, CTO, entrepreneurs, business angels). This is what drives most of my learning: I always come out of the call with a list of books, articles, or new perspectives.

I listen to different types of podcasts (business, tech, story), and try to read one or two books per month.

Otherwise, from the tech perspective, I read multiple times a day HackerNews. The comments on each submission are often more interesting than the submission in itself. You’ll often see founders of the related company replying to the comments.

What are your favorite books 📚?

Hard question! My most recent favorite book is

What you do is who you are by Ben Horowitz, which talks a lot about business culture. I read it recently, and it made me realize that simple actions can change a lot about how your work is perceived. We tend to forget to work on business culture and values, especially during difficult times. Keeping our little habits that represent our values is really important for keeping a cohesive team. Especially if a big reason they came is for these same values.

What is your favorite podcast 🎧?

I listen to different types of podcasts.

20 minutes VC – guests and content are really incredible.

Génération Do It Yourself – guest’s stories are inspiring.

Transfert – I always loved to listen to stories when I was a child. Transfert tells us a (real) story, narrated by the main character. They put a lot of work into each episode to create a different universe every time. It’s fascinating.

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

My computer. I always have something to do with it.

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