22 December 2023

Jerome Perret, CEO, IT-Development

Who was your hero when you were growing up?

Since my childhood, I have been inspired by: Jean-Paul Belmondo, a French actor, famous in the 1970s. His roles evoked in me a unique blend of sportive spirit, sense of humor, and charisma. Jean-Paul Belmondo embodied a spirit of adventure and cheerfulness, qualities that have deeply influenced my journey. These traits have shaped how I approach challenges, seamlessly combining professional seriousness with friendliness. Thus, in leading my team, I strive to embody these values, creating an environment conducive to growth and success.

What was your big career break?

My significant career breakthrough came with my initial role in the telecommunications industry. Taking that opportunity propelled me forward. It led me to Belgium, where I became the pioneering site acquisition consultant and one of the first two negotiators for Orange Belgium.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

As a child, I aspired to be a police commissioner. I am driven by a deep affinity for order and justice. I relish action. While my path led me in a different direction, that early desire for law enforcement continues to inform my commitment to integrity and responsibility in all endeavors.

If you could dine with any famous person, past or present, who would you choose?

If I could share a meal with any famous figure, past or present, it would unquestionably be Napoleon Bonaparte! After assuming his regnal title, he emerged as a prominent figure in the midst of the French Revolution. He distinguished himself as a formidable French military strategist and a pivotal political figure, achieving notable triumphs in the Revolutionary Wars. He stands as a monumental conqueror, illuminating his nation and leaving an indelible mark on history. His legacy extends far beyond his military conquests; he authored a multitude of laws that continue to serve as cornerstones in numerous countries worldwide. Napoleon’s influence resonates in the bedrock of our modern world, shaping the way societies operate and thrive. Dining with such an influential figure would be an honor and a profound opportunity to gain insights into the mind of a visionary who helped forge the path of our contemporary civilization.

The Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

Given the choice between The Rolling Stones and the Beatles, I’d have to go with the Beatles! Their music provided the soundtrack to my youth, and unlike the Rolling Stones, they exuded a certain elegance and sophistication (it is a very personal opinion, I have to admit it!). I greatly admire the swiftness with which they achieved such immense success.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The deepest advice I’ve received is to ‘help others and love thy neighbour.’ This principle has guided my openness and genuine enjoyment of meeting new people. For instance, I relish the chance to engage with taxi drivers in most places where I go, finding their stories and perspectives endlessly fascinating. This advice has not only enriched my personal interactions but has also shaped my approach to leadership. It enforces me of the importance of empathy, connection, and understanding in both professional and personal spheres.

If you had to work in a different industry, which would you choose?

If I were to embark on a different career path, there are two industries that have always intrigued me. The first is the world of sports. Becoming an agent for surfers, football players, or motocross riders would be an exhilarating journey. It aligns with my passion for these sports, for negotiation, adrenaline, competition, and the dedication that athletes embody.

The second industry that has always beckoned me is the culinary world. I’ve nurtured a long-standing dream of opening an American-style steakhouse with an in-house BBQ, reflecting my love for cooking.

What would you do with £1 million?

With £1 million in my possession, my immediate inclination would be to invest it in my burgeoning startup, BuildAndRun, and my eponym software, 100% dedicated to smart contractors who want to upgrade their project management. This infusion of capital would bypass a fundraising campaign that we’ve been strategically planning. With a firm grasp of the industry, a strong IT presence, and our existing relationships with contractors, such as Camusat, we’re well-positioned to make significant strides in our expansion. This investment would not only foster the development of our innovative enterprise but also contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of technology and business, allowing us to harness the full potential of our entrepreneurial vision.

Where would you live if money was no object?

If money were no object, I’d choose to reside in several different places. This way, I’d have the opportunity to travel extensively and spend more time in Asia, like Vietnam (for its cuisine and to meet with our team more often), Egypt (for its rich history and the unique atmosphere of Zamalek), or even Abidjan in Ivory Coast (for the vibrant nightlife and the extreme kindness of the locals). Moreover, I’d allocate a month each year to Florida, reminiscent of my student days, where I could leisurely surf with friends and enjoy cold beers at Coconuts on the Beach not far from the 13th. And, of course, I’d maintain a residence in Europe, close to my roots.

What’s the greatest technological advancement in your lifetime?

The most monumental technological leap in my lifetime has undeniably been the advent of the internet. Its transformative power has reshaped how we communicate, access information, and conduct business on a global scale. Following closely behind is the revolution of ChatGPT, a true amplification of capability. Together, these advancements have propelled us into a future brimming with limitless possibilities.