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Maeliza Seymour, CEO of CodistAI

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #17

Maeliza Seymour is the co-founder and CEO of CodistAI, a startup that helps developers understand code faster. Maeliza graduated from IMT Atlantique. She worked for five years as a data scientist at BNP Paribas and later joined the Entrepreneur First Program in 2018. Maeliza is one of the 20 Women in Tech to follow in 2020.

Maeliza Seymour
Maeliza Seymour, CEO of CodistAI

Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

On a daily basis, I get inspired by people (often women) with high ambition, extreme determination, and an impressive ability to make it happen! I love to take the time to talk to people around me because the stories of how people stick to their dreams and goals until they come true are often unsuspected. This definitely is what inspires me! I gladly drop some names: Brigitte Houssou, Céline Lazorthes, oh, and my mom, of course!

I’m also impressed and inspired by people who can question existing norms and dogmas of society and proposed thought-through alternatives. This is a key element for a well-balanced society. In that area, my inspiration comes from great podcast hosts like Chesca Leigh or Ev’Yan Whitney.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?

At a personal level, I don’t organize my learning. I often discover topics and fields of interest by serendipity. During a chat or watching a video, I’ll get intrigued by one topic. Then I’ll spend the next two or three weeks learning about it (podcast, e-book, MOOC, etc.) Then, I’ll switch to the next topic of interest. For instance, my topic of the moment is “adverse drug effect detection using machine learning.” I literally spent all of my last weekends working on it.

At a professional level, I’m way more structured. I’m the CEO of Codist, and running a company means facing new challenges and unknown areas every day. So I block four hours per week dedicated to a specific topic I want to learn about (through books, meetups, talks, etc.) At the moment, it’s about selling in SaaS.

What are your favorite books 📚?

My favorite books are the ones that let me travel to other worlds, space, times, or universes. 

– I’m a fan of any books from the French author Leonora Miano (La Saison de l’Ombre being my favorite) and by Toni Morisson.

– There is also Peaux Noirs et Masques Blancs 🇫🇷 by Frantz Fanon, which I’ve been re-reading. This book questions so much about our society, I’ll never get tired of reading it.

What is your favorite podcast 🎧?

Contes et Légendes du Queeristan 🇫🇷. : I discovered it a few months back, and it immediately became my favorite podcast. Anyone who speaks French and with twenty-five minutes available, I strongly recommend that you give it a listen. It revisits all the tales we’ve been told since toddlers through the queer eye. It’s hilarious!

– On a more professional note, I love listening to the Welcome to the Jungle podcasts 🇫🇷. . They always have high-quality hosts and guests sincerely and transparently sharing their experiences. As a founder, it is an excellent source of inspiration and motivation.

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

A  snorkeling kit. If I were to be alone, I would at least want to enjoy the sea-life!

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