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C-suite career advice: Bastien Duclaux, Twenga

Bastien Duclaux

  Company: Twenga

  Job Title: Founder and CEO of Twenga

  Location: Paris, France


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
Stay focused on your goals and trust your own instincts. It’s easy to get distracted by competitors, but it is just as important to stick to your guns and succeed in your own way.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
Being told that there was too much competition for an idea that was considered too risky. I see competitors as a sign that something is worth doing. I am glad I didn’t listen to that advice and instead, I built an innovative company that distinguishes itself from the rest of the market.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Be prepared for rapid changes. The tech industry is so dynamic, meaning that even if your product works now, it might not in a few months or even years’ time as technology habits evolve. You need to be prepared to innovate and constantly adapt to the needs of the current market.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
Work on honing your personal leadership skills. These are indispensable in succeeding to C-level positions. Not only are good leadership skills important to be able to take a company to the next level, but also to inspire others to follow you in order to get there.

It is also vital to develop a deep understanding of your industry and have the necessary technical skills related to your trade. It is so important to know how the foundations of an industry works for you to climb the career ladder.

Essentially, these two skills go hand-in-hand; having the technical expertise will help you to earn respect of your peers as a leader and it will also help you inspire others to work towards your vision.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
My key piece of advice that I often give to my team is to continuously challenge yourself and learn from your mistakes. As an engineer by trade, I have certainly made a few mistakes during my time but each and every one has helped me to develop to my current position. At Twenga we encourage employees to go beyond themselves and keep improving by being ambitious, which they do.


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