Is this the most honest interview ever?

At the very least it’s my most honest and intimate interview ever. Unfortunately for you, dear reader, it is also my longest interview ever. The interview is far ranging and covers a variety of topics beyond biographical elements: personal and business life ambitions, ideas on overcoming shyness and much more! Watch it in detail if you want to hear all my “shocking” revelations and the secrets of my success!

You can also download the MP3 version of the interview if you prefer to listen to it.

  1. August 17th, 2012 | 11:12 am

    Amazing interview!!! My favorite is still the Envoyé Spécial interview where you pull mattresses out of a closet at work.

  2. August 17th, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    That was extremely open! Kudos to you for being willing to share so much. It certainly made for compelling listening.

  3. August 17th, 2012 | 9:18 pm

    What is the microcredit project in Latam you mentioned? It sounds like “promo her” but I couldn’t find nothing on the web :s

  4. Max Dolgikh
    August 18th, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    Super insight into Fabrice the man as well as the entrepreneur – really enjoyed watching! Thank you for this and your excellent blog! Lots to think about…

  5. Ulf
    August 23rd, 2012 | 12:06 am

    Cool interview. When i saw your blogpost i ran for pen and paper. Unfortunately I couldn´t make any notes the first half of the video – i think the interview questions in the first 30 minutes were the usual I have heared thousands of times answered.

    In one point You told that in some situations your reality has to go from somewhat realistic to optimistic and away from objective. Did I understand You right in that? I thought this is the usual problem entrepeneurs have (based on emotional attachment). What´s the big advantage of that? I always thought people are telling that because it´s easy to frame and everybody wants to hear that. But i know You don´t care about that :-)

  6. August 23rd, 2012 | 8:16 am

    You are right, the conversation becomes more intimate in the middle and end once Andrew and I start to relax and get to know each other better.

    I am not sure I understand the question well, but you have to give an optimistic slant of the business to employees and the press. It may not even be all that delusional: things that seem to be big hurdles today end up just being bumps along the way in the long run.

  7. Nate
    August 23rd, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    I got a question in regards to “self image / marketing” of yourself. There are entrepreneurs like Donald Trump or Richard Branson who heavily market/brand themselves.

    In your business, do you think this is of any importance? Do you think it adds some type of value to your business (as an investor), but you could care less about these superficial things?

    What makes me ask these questions is the way the interview was done. People walk in the background and the place doesn’t fit the cliche of a multi million $ company. With Trump or Branson you’d never see that, unless its ploted on purpose to make them look more “human” ;)

  8. August 23rd, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    It typically helps in consumer facing businesses because it leads to free PR which helps with both fund raising and customer acquisition, but it’s not required. It’s essentially irrelevant in B2B businesses. Larry Ellison is a showman, but I think that’s just the way he’s built.

    As for the people walking in the background it’s because I work in an open space surrounded by my co-workers. I don’t like corner offices. I think they disconnect you from your employees, besides I pride myself in being down to earth and approachable. That said I speak loudly and am often on Skype, so end up being kicked out of the open space into a conference room or the corridor.

  9. Nat
    August 26th, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    I prefer Envoyé Special interview, you were more authentic, spontaneous. This was a “musing interview” with the enthusiasm of a young entrepreneur.

    In this interview your answers are automatic. Musings are absent

  10. Nat
    August 27th, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Take a look at your body language:

    When a question is too personal or private -especially at the end of the interview – you pull, you systematically “sink” in your armchair. It’s quite funny to observe. 99% of humans do the same. Simply observe when a journalist is asking emabrrassing question to someone, you will observe the same reaction.

    the other interesting thing dealing with body language – is that you never touch your nose -which is a proof of lying = the Pinocchio syndrom. I think that the interview is honest and you answered sincerely to questions.(more information about sincerity here http://television.telerama.fr/television/lie-to-me-ou-le-syndrome-de-pinocchio,55115.php)

    Sometimes you speak a little bit too fast -certainly because you are enthusiast. Anyone can guess you are shy simply looking at the way you sit and move on your chair.

  11. william
    August 27th, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    6.You are right, the conversation becomes more intimate in the middle and end once Andrew and I start to relax and get to know each other better.

    Almost like you fall in love?… :-)

  12. william
    August 27th, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    “Anyone can guess you are shy simply looking at the way you sit and move on your chair.”

    Shy? Do we know the same Fabrice? :-)

  13. August 27th, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    William: You don’t remember how we were 15 years ago? :)

  14. Nath
    August 28th, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    More about the body language: colors have a secret meaning. Recruiters often ask candidates what are their 3 favourite colors and this question is meanfull.

    – black = anarchy
    – yellow= creative. Please note that 80% of Leo sign people love orange / yellow. Fabrice, what is the colour of your car ? :-)))
    – green = domination. Think about the army ;-)
    – grey = modern. I am definitely passionate about technology and modern aspects of life
    – purple= secret
    – red = passionate. Picasso loved the red. In China red is linked to joyfull events such as weddings or birth.
    – blue= sensible

    If they’re hiring a CEO, the “prefect answer” -well sort of- would be red / blue and green.
    Passionate about the work, sensible an open minded and strong enough to take decisions.

    ‘should give a look at graphology, it’s quite interesting also.

    and you what are your favourite colors ?

  15. nabil
    September 7th, 2012 | 4:09 pm

    Thanks to the ones who mentioned the Envoyé Special interview, I really liked this one.

    Definitively, Fabrice you are a very inspiring entrepreneur.

  16. Nath
    September 8th, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    une certaine philosophie de la vie, toi qui aime vadrouiller sur la Terre…

    http://www.barrezvous.com