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We believe that a start-up can succeed with a cohesive team focused on a common goal. I was lucky enough to join hap2U a few months after it was founded, when even Google had not heard of us. As the third recruited employee, I’ve had the opportunity to discover (almost) every employee from their first day in the company. I will try to describe these crazy people (crazy about work of course) who share my everyday life.
The official bios are available on the Team page of the hap2U website. Here, you’ll find more personal presentations.
Embedded Systems Engineer
Musician during the week-end, Mickael brings rhythm and melody to hap2U’s technological development. Signal generation holds no secrets for him, nor do the 6788 plants (and their gnats) he loves and cares for in our office. Mickael is never out of ideas when it comes to answering innovation challenges.
Trivia: Mickael can make you home-made terrariums, do not hesitate to contact him on Instagram @mck_cobi.
Tom used his designer skills to develop hap2U’s first application with haptic effects. The world’s first haptic fish… That’s all his creation! The Haptic Creation Tool, the first tool allowing to create textures on a screen … That’s also his creation! He is constantly pursued by his fans, but he’d rather spend his time surrounded by his cats.
Trivia: Tom is our official Kinder Bueno and Strawberry Tagada provider.
Calm and wise are two words that define Matthieu pretty well. Those are important qualities for this acoustic expert who is constantly listening to the waves emitted by our haptic slabs. A true researcher, Matthieu offers his knowledge to hap2U’s technological development and never misses an opportunity to discover new ways to integrate our technology into touch surfaces.
Trivia: If you’re wondering why hap2U needs an acoustic expert, visit our Technology page.
Before finding his true passion for software, Baptiste developed his voice - he is known as hap2u’s best singer, always ready to use his beautiful voice during informal blind tests over the lunch break. But Baptiste is above all an unlimited source of information about software, IT-security and HMI, always ready and able to give his expert advice to his colleagues.
Trivia: Makes homemade croissants and pains au chocolat for the team on Friday mornings.
Marketing & Business Development
Don’t be fooled by her perfect French accent (except for pronouncing the word “Ecureuil”), Emily is coming straight from the US with the American ambition to make hap2U thrive. She defines the marketing strategy, build processes, manages projects, closes sales, negotiates…but above all, Emily knows how to lead her team, empowering them and advocates for personal development and fulfilment.
Trivia: Emily has initiated her colleagues to green smoothies and zucchini brownies.
Cédrick founded hap2U two years ago, hired about fifteen people and raised the funds to make hap2U successful. He is a very attentive and positive manager, who has never stopped believing in his project, and brings all of his energy to hap2u’s success. (By the way, he should think about taking some vacation!)
Trivia: Dreams about becoming Jean Dujardin in OSS 117. His motto is: “s’agirait de grandir” and “Habile…”
Hap2U’s haptic technology is not possible without his hard work in electronic customization. He focuses on the Xplore Touch’s electronics and is constantly looking for new developments (between flights to go kitesurfing). A soldering iron in hand and a spark in his eyes, the lab holds no secrets for him anymore.
Trivia: Bruno has been spotted sleeping in his van, in hap2U’s parking lot.
In spite of his young age, we call him hap2U’s Macgyver - he never runs out of ideas and motivation. Technician, welder, LED manufacturer, sales person, stand designer, and 3D printing expert, he can manufacture a development kit in 20 seconds and swim to Taiwan via the Pacific Ocean.
Trivia: Simon has been spotted at 3 am in pyjamas at hap2U’s office
Digital Marketing & Communication
With a background in architecture and graphic design and impassioned by illustrations, Célia brought her delicate brushstroke to hap2U’s communication. Her geek-like tendencies allow her to closely coordinate with the software developers on user experience improvements.
Trivia: She largely dominates her colleagues at Minecraft
Business Developer (based in Taiwan)
With a background in engineering, Rémi is the expat, developing hap2U business in Asia. Rémi quickly adapted to the Asian market and perfected his skills in sales and marketing to create targeted offers for the consumer electronics market.
Trivia: Rémi is looking for a champagne and cheese supplier in Taipei.
Marketing & Business Development
As the first marketer recruited to the team, I had the great “pleasure” to annoy my technical colleagues with strategy, business, sales, communication, logo… and other mysterious things for engineers. But I hope that I have built the foundations of hap2U’s marketing success.
Trivia: I have an alarming addiction to bread.