Bruno Michel Joins The Cozy Crew

An important part of building a startup consists in building a team. The search for talented people is time consuming so, it must be done wisely. One of the ways to lessen the effort required is to nurture a good culture in your company and stick to your mission statement. It makes your project attractive and eligible to be spotted by highly-skilled people, and it also makes it clear for them to see 3 things; a good challenge to face, a good environement to evolve in and something meaningful to take part in.

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An important part of building a startup consists in building a team. The search for talented people is time consuming so, it must be done wisely. One of the ways to lessen the effort required is to nurture a good culture in your company and stick to your mission statement. It makes your project attractive and eligible to be spotted by highly-skilled people, and it also makes it clear for them to see 3 things; a good challenge to face, a good environement to evolve in and something meaningful to take part in.

As fate would have it, Bruno Michel found our project by browsing one of his favorite website. Bruno is a renown developer in the French tech community. Professionally he was the former CTO of AF83. It’s a web agency from Paris that works with big companies and startups to help them building web apps and websites. More often than not, the products that they deliver have to handle millions of connections. On top of that, they have to build beautiful product for real-life use cases. All of this factors greatly to their success.

On his free time, Bruno is very involved in the FOSS community. He likes to share his thoughts and contribute to open source projects. Notably, the rebuilding of the LinuxFR.org website. LinuxFR.org is a French community website that attracts many visitors. Unfortunately their website got old and clumsy. So, when Bruno came to it, he decided to rewrite it based on the Ruby On Rails framework. The result was good, everything worked seamlessly and the website handled properly their toll of daily connections.

Another thing that Bruno takes pleasure in, is the Ruby language. In fact, he was the president of the Ruby France community during one year. This project involved hundreds of developers who are passionate in sharing their thoughts about Ruby and the RoR framework. But it’s not the only language he likes. He also enjoy having fun with other languages, JavaScript included. About that, he organized the first edition of the Paris JS meetup.

As you can guess, when we got an email from him, we were pleasantly surprised. It goes without saying that we noticed the contributions he already made to our project and we were proud of it. But, it didn’t cross our mind that he will ask to be part of Cozy. It was a mixed feeling of excitement as we didn’t know if we were ready yet to hire a key profile such as him at this point. But after a few meetings, it was obvious that we should do something together. It was clear to us that an important component was missing in Cozy: a desktop client to synchronize the files stored inside the Cozy with the laptop and the desktop. So, we decided to work on it. He accepted and jumped into the boat.

We were impressed by his technical skills. He quickly shipped a working version of the client. But Before going further in that direction, we decided to stabilize the platform first. Once again, Bruno demonstrated his skills and he improved numerous part of the platform while showing us a cleaner way to tackle problems. Needless to say, we were super satisfied.

So, today we are proud to announce that Bruno Michel joined our team. With his contribution, our technical expertise will rise to a new level. Thanks to him, the synchronization capabilities of Cozy should increase significantly. His experience as architect and technical leader will allow us to bring Cozy to the next step and get us closer to a better web.