Vincent is an experienced communicator. He worked for prestigious companies and organisations like France Digital and Daphni. He’s now Head of Marketing and Communications at Northzone. Northzone is an early stage venture capital fund, dedicated to founders who take on whatever the world throws at them.

Vincent TOUATI-TOMAS, Director of Marketing & Communication @Northzone
Vincent TOUATI-TOMAS, Director of Marketing & Communication @Northzone

Who is your main source of inspiration 👩?

I’m a strong believer in the serendipity of networks. When you have a strong and diverse network, it will expose you to a variety of different perspectives from sources like books, people, and companies. It is the key to remaining open-minded. 

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?

At the moment, I haven’t been able to read as many books as I have in the past. Now, I mainly feed my learning through online media. Journalists are constantly improving in creating and curating content. I follow hundreds of newsletters and blogs. Also, I love aggregating content for people which is another way I learn. I’ve created a newsletter with Nicolas Colin and Willy Braun called “Capital Call” which is editorialised digest of what European investors are writing every week. This forces us to read everything and therefore dive into people’s thinking. You get to know people better by reading them and creating conversations around what they share.

What are your favorite books 📚?

One of my favorite books is by Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams. It’s about succeeding without the traditional school system. I began to work in the tech scene after dropping out of college but my family did not agree with my decision at that time. It’s pretty unusual in my homeland of France to leave college before graduating because the market typically ranks individuals according to their diploma and academic accomplishments. Godin’s book showed me that you can decide on your own path. We are usually put on a monolithic path after school; you’ll be an intern, then an engineer, then a manager, and then maybe one day a CEO. I did not want to follow in those footsteps. I wanted to create my own journey and this book helped me realize that traditional advanced education was not for me.

What is your favorite podcast 🎧?

I love so many podcasts. 

  • This is American Life” – it’s not about business. It’s a series of documentaries and they dive into normal people’s daily lives and people are not aware that they are being recorded.
  • Also, I like the French equivalent “Les Pieds sur Terre”.

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

It would bring my computer because I want to stay connected to the world. It literally saved me during the lockdown.

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