It might be summer vacation, but the minute you let your guard down, bam, you get hacked! Thankfully, we have Xavier, our system administrator, who is here to monitor and share best practices for our servers. He let us ask him questions for our #LifeAtJulie series but be warned, we never know if he’s telling the truth or bluffing, after all he’s our Chief Poker Officer ;)
We continue our #LifeAtJulie series with a profile of... Julie ! But not the one you think ;) It’s actually our amazing Office Manager. And yes, her first name means that she was destined to work with us! In this installment, she tells us about her day-to-day and her professional journey.
For more about the rest of the team, other profiles can be found here.
Today is an important day for Julie Desk: We are happy to announce that we have completed our most recent round of funding with 2.5 million euros thanks to Entrepreneur Venture, SaaS Lab and Side Capital. Side Capital has once again invested, renewing its trust in our company.
4 years ago we started the Julie Desk adventure (Formerly Wepopp), and set ourselves the objective to save time. Time to be with your teams, to be present as leaders and connect with clients and time for you, for your family and friends. And in doing so, we wanted to ameliorate your quality of life and work. Because in a fast-moving world, time is essential.
Time, as it is managed today, is lost on repetitive, valueless tasks, such as agenda planning and meeting coordination. In fact, working professionals spend at least one half-day per week on this task! A number of clients have even told me that, even though they have an assistant, this task isn’t one they want to delegate because it is such a thankless job, and would get in the way of assistants’ other assignments.
We’re not yet done with the #LifeAtJulie series. This month, meet Vladan Djeric, Lead Developer at Julie Desk and our favourite expert when it comes to food, because, yes, he is also our Chief Foodie Officer!
You missed previous episodes of the series? Meet the rest of the team here.
The #LifeAtJulie series is still going on and you have yet to meet a few members of our team. This month, we introduce Yacine Elliq, our Product Manager. He describes his role within the team and reveals what keeps him curious and always learning. He also happens to be our Chief Karate Officer!
If you want to meet other members of the team, you can check the previous episodes.
1. Hi Yacine, can you tell us a bit more about your background?
I followed a pretty traditional engineering path. After a few years of preparatory classes, I landed at Supaero, an engineering school in Toulouse. Although mainly oriented towards aeronautics, this school opened other doors for me and I took the opportunity to do a year off from my studies to work as a Management Control officer at Renault in London. This experience had a big impact on me. Apart from the fact that London is a magnificent city, I discovered that I was mostly interested in combining the so-called “hard” sciences with “soft” sciences. I also understood that being an engineer does not necessarily mean working in a consulting firm or spending days on computer simulations.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” George Washington.
Giving an external person the responsibility to control your calendar is a sign of trust: Julie chooses time slots in your name, communicates with your interlocutors, etc. But until now, she could not monitor and validate the people with whom you schedule meetings. You, as a user, had to give your approval before Julie would schedule meetings, calls and other appointments with the people who contact you.
This approach makes sense for people you do not know or who are not in your network. After all, we do not want to open the access to your calendar for everybody. However, what about the other people, those you know and trust?