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#LifeAtJulie! Let’s meet Xavier, our system administrator !

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 ;)

1. Hello Xavier, can you tell us a little about your background?

I studied network and telecommunications engineering at INSA in Toulouse. I started my career working at a startup that specialized in using artificial intelligence to make financial predictions, racing projections, detect fraud and so on. I started as an intern and stayed there for 6 years working on all the technical aspects you can think of: infrastructure, code, security and so on. Julie desk is my second employer.

2. How did you get to Julie Desk?

I stayed a really long time at my old job and I thought a little change couldn’t hurt. But not too much! I still choose to work with an AI company. In fact, I was really drawn to the job because of the product and the team members I was able to meet so I packed my bags and moved to Paris straight away.

3. Can you describe your role and a typical day at Julie Desk?

I work on a few different things but my main role is working on the company’s infrastructure. I’m in charge of the conception, implementation and evolution of our servers so that Julie can always work and respond to client requests as quickly as possible. I also play an important role in developing and implementing programs that guarantee the security of our clients’ data.

As for a typical day, I always start by looking at date logs to make sure there aren’t any errors or security failures. Once that’s done, I dedicate my time to Julie and prepare system parts for future tasks and connections with new clients.

4. What advice would you give to someone who would want to follow in your footsteps?

I’d tell them not to be afraid to keep learning. School gives you a solid base but that isn’t enough in itself. Today we work with technology that was barely used, even barely existant when I was in school. Everything moves fast so you have to learn to adapt to new concepts and challenges easily.

5. What is the biggest challenge you face or have faced at Julie Desk?

My number one challenge, like many other system administrators, is to automate the maximum number of repetitive tasks. The more we automate, the more time we have to do interesting things, handle more services, get more clients, the more we need to automate to take on the workload. Hmm, I guess that means I’m stuck in an infinite cycle :)

6. Where do you see Julie Desk in 5 years?

I see her becoming a tool that is closer to an assistant. She would be able to take on new tasks like organizing business trips. I imagine an increase in usership and an increase in the number of services she offers as a virtual assistant for businesses. We’re still in the early stages of adopting this technology but things are moving quickly!

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?

Hard to project myself that far ahead when I have difficulty planning my next holiday… In any case, I don’t (yet) see myself in a mansion with a dog :)

I think that I will have at least traveled and taken advantage of life. That’s what’s most important. Life is full of opportunities and you’ve got to know to take advantage of them.

8. Three words to describe you?

Curious, calm, organized.

9. Is there something that people don’t know about you that you’d like to share?

I won’t answer that question without a lawyer present.

10. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Do you have a routine?

I never wake up at the last minute. I take my time to get ready. I don’t like rushing. I don’t have a fixed routine but I like doing things one by one. I alternate depending on how I’m feeling (sports, reading etc.)

11. Favorite app?

Nano (an in-line text editor)

12. Favorite food?

Can’t resist a good lemon tart!

13. Favorite quote?

“Le monde appartient aux optimistes, les pessimistes ne sont que des spectateurs.” - François Guizot

It means the world belongs to optimists, pessimists are only spectators.

14. Who inspires you most?

I was always really curious. I wanted to understand the world around me. I was mostly inspired by scientists like Albert Einstein, Newton or even Leonardo da Vinci to name a few. They are the source of humanity’s greatest revolutions. And all that when intuition and human genius were most important. They didn’t have any of the data-reading tools we have today. When you think about it, our modern lives are the fruit of the their work.

15. What’s your favorite memory at Julie Desk?

I really appreciate the overall chill spirit but I have to say trying out new restaurants and bars the first Thursday and Friday of the month always makes for good memories.

Thanks for answering our questions Xavier! If you want to know more about his background, let us know! :)

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#LifeAtJulie! Meet Julie… Baillard! Our Office Manager

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.

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The Sky’s The Limit : A new round of funding for Julie Desk

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.

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#LifeAtJulie – Meet Vladan, Lead Dev at Julie Desk

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.

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Meet Yacine Elliq, Product Manager at Julie Desk!

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.

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“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?