Bonjour, I'm Antoine

Interested in all things strategy, M&A and BizOps in the software industry. And also about jazz 🎺.


Why productivity matters?

Productivity matters because it increases our agency. Agency is our individual capacity for intentional action. Some might want to maximize their efficiency so that they can be better at working and making money. For me, it is larger than that. It's about how can I be of actual benefit to

On getting back up when the going gets tough

One of the heuristics I’ve been using when I have a bad day comes from Chris Sacca in Tools of Titans: "TONIGHT, I WILL BE IN MY BED. In 2009, Chris did a charity bicycle ride with the Trek Travel team from Santa Barbara, California, to Charleston, North Carolina:

Lessons from Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy

Josh Silverman is the current CEO of Etsy. Previously he was the CEO of Skype, (eBay) and was co-founder and CEO of Evite, which he led from inception through its sale to Barry Diller’s IAC. 1. On the best way to have an impact in the world:

How I'm using GTD in Roam Research to stay productive and have fun!

In 2015, I discovered Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen. It completely changed my life. I learned GTD by enrolling in Tiago Forte online course called Get Stuff Done Like a Boss. I highly recommend it, it’s much more approachable than the David Allen book. This post is

The model I'm using to become a better leader

Type leadership style on Google and you will get confused quickly. Authoritarian, participative, delegative, transactional and transformational leadership. But wait there’s more. Servant, Bureaucratic, laissez-faire leadership. It has been a long quest of mine to find a leadership model that was 1) easy to remember 2) integrated different styles

Lessons from Jim Pattison, CEO of the Jim Pattison Group

Jim Pattison is one of the richest Canadian, with an estimated net worth of $5.7B. Pattison started with one car dealership in 1961 and now oversees a worldwide privately held conglomerate, doing business in more than 85 countries, surpassing $10-billion in revenue and with more than 45,000 employees.

Lessons from Calin Rovinescu, former CEO of Air Canada

Calin Rovinescu served as the president and chief executive officer of Air Canada from April 2009 to February 2021. He is regarded as one of the best CEO that Canada has known, Air Canada stock rising more than 5,000% during his tenure (pre-COVID). Rovinescu, born in Bucharest in 1955,

What are the best ways to think about buy-side M&A?

The aim of this post is to present 1) empirical bases that support the way I think about buy-side M&A 2) a methodology for finding and prioritizing targets. The empirical foundations that support the way I think about M&A Historically, M&A activities have received
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