Entrepreneurs and location independent people are everywhere; I’ve met many online, talked to some on Skype, interviewed a handful via email but it’s very rare that I get to sit down and discuss with one around a drink or coffee, you know in real life. For the past year or so, I’ve been living in my small workshop just under the roof of my house, dreaming and building my shoe business without anyone looking. I’ve been living in my imaginary world where my best friends are on Twitter and ideas are shared through a computer screen.
So when I read an article in the local paper about this young man launching a new social network and co-working space in my city Tours, I had to meet with him.
Julien is a passionate and driven twenty-something guy who will only work on things that matter, no compromise allowed. He will move mountains if he has to, become a workaholic if he needs to, knock on every door if it’s the only choice left and stand in front of a crowd packed with financial sharks if he believes in his ideas, which he does. Being able to defend and fight for ideas no matter what isn’t something everyone is capable of; it requires courage, faith and the ability to move forward despite the critics and suspicions. I respect him a lot for that.
From his dream of becoming a professional tennis player to studying business in Tours + Mexico, Julien has been living on the last wagon of a crazy rollercoaster (everybody knows the last wagon is the fastest and most dangerous one). Jumping from one project to another, he is in all the battles. If he isn’t working hard on his soon-to-be-launched social network BuzzleMe (a mix of buzz + puzzle), he is trying to raise funds to open the very first co-working space, also called “cantine numérique”, in Tours.
Because I know you’re probably dying to know what BuzzleMe is all about and you’re wondering why launching another social network while there is so many already, I will satisfy your curiosity right now. The real twist to BuzzleMe is that companies looking to hire will have the opportunity to see and watch candidates answer their questions. In other words, companies will send some written questions to candidates and then, they will answer those in a limited time using their webcam. Makes sense?
Personally, I believe this innovative concept can allow companies to get to know more their candidates, who might become their future employees, on a more human level. I’ve never been a big fan of resumes and cover letters as we tend to all say the same bullshit, writing down what companies want to read and delivering that same old commercial speech that everyone is preaching. On paper, we just are clones that school and society created. In real, we are all unique, each of us in his own way. It was about time someone did something about it, so keep an eye open for BuzzleMe, it might just be the tool you’ve been waiting for to make your voice count.
Already hooked to the BuzzleMe concept? Want to stalk the guy behind the idea? Your prayers have been heard my friends, connect with Julien on Twitter now!