My name is Frank Rousseau, I’m 33 years old and I've been a web addict for 18 years. I love using and understanding web applications as much as I enjoy building them. I created my first website in 1997, it was a poetry registry. Since then, I've never stopped. Watching, showing, sharing, learning, doing with people from all over the world is not something you can give up easily. It's something I want to experience forever.
About my professional activity, I was software engineer and business analyst.
Then I co-founded Cozy Cloud, a startup that builts FOSS personal clouds. I was
the CTO of the company and grew the product and tech teams to 18 people. We
were a remote office team and we did free open source software, so we had to
manage the contributions from the community. It was a very exciting
Currently, I'm doing a mini-retirement and thinking about what to do next. Stay tune to know my next project! ;)
In my spare time, I maintain pet projects and perform talks about
Free and Open Source technologies. I had the opportunity to speak at JDLL,
RMLL, DotJS, ParisJS, LyonJS, NodeJS Paris, Human Talks, Quantified Self Europe
and Hy! Berlin.
Aside coding, I play the clarinet and I enjoy chilling into cool bars and nice restaurants.
Another thing I do is to share my thoughts about software development, startups and self-hosting. You can read them on the following medias:
For my working activities, Rework and The Laws of Simplicity are a great source of ideas. With their pragmatic frameworks, they help me to deal with uncertainty and achieve goals.
When it's about building a team or a community I dig into Turn your ship around and the chapter 6 of the ZMQ guide. They give good tips about making people work well together and connect their strengths.
I read a lot about personal development, but finally, when I need confidence and courage I think about Naruto and Luffy (One Piece). They never give up and can see when people have something good inside them. When it's time to be a little bit cynic, glamourous and honest I turn to Canardo. My last discovery is the funny and humble One Punch Man. I like how he stays simple despite his super powers.
But overall, the text that resumes the best my way of living is The Life Manifesto.
- Cozy makes the personal server as simple to use as a smartphone. It turns a hardware of yours in a personal assistant that collects and connects your data. With it your digital life becomes smoother.
- Konnectors is an application for Cozy. It allows to fetch and store data from many vendors automatically (Jawbone, Withings, phone providers, etc.).
- KYou is an application for Cozy. It allows to extract analytics from your personal data. It comes with a comparator tool that helps you find relations between your data.
- Newebe is a distributed social network. Every user host their account. It allows social interaction without compromising your privacy. One day I expect to turn it into a Cozy app.
- Beburlesque was a webzine about Burlesque culture. We published monthly interviews, news, picture galleries, events... We made a book from it too. We sold 2000 copies.
- As a full-time employee, I worked on Artforge, a web application suite dedicated to CG studios that aims to improve team collaboration. I built most of the application UIs. Unfortunately, the company closed and the software is discontinued.
- Dolebraï was a web radio that broadcasted and promoted open music. There were monthly mixes and a blog about open music news. The website and the radio are no more available.
Some articles related to Cozy where I'm mentioned: Wired, Venture Beat, French Web and Framablog.
Artwork below is made by Diana Rovanio