Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Young Professionals Committee
Meet the Boss! with Thomas Bertrand, the serial entrepreneur, who sells bento boxes to the world
"The “Meet the Boss” event series is back, more motivating than ever.
Following previous successful editions spent with inspirational executives such as John Hirai from YouTube, Billy Hayes from Nissan and Thierry Voisin, Chef at Les Saisons, the Young Professionals Committee is pleased to announce their next speaker.
On March 27, we invite you to meet Thomas Bertrand, a talented serial entrepreneur who successfully imagined several businesses and grew them up to stability. The most fruitful of them is certainly Bento&co, an e-shop specialized in Japanese bento goods and worldwide leader in his field. Now, Thomas is stepping up and got an initial fund raise, close to 1 million dollars, for his new project, Ship&co, a software plateform to manage shipping and invoice issuing for e-retailers.
Be it challenges, successes or failures, Thomas has seen it all: team management, branding, fundraising, Japan specific business establishing or child’s-dream-come-true negotiations with Toei for an exclusive Dragon Ball license. He will share with us his experience from a personal and professional standpoint, and who knows, he might just awake the sleeping entrepreneur in you!
The event will start with a presentation of Thomas about himself, his life and his projects, and will be concluded by a networking cocktail.
We look forward to meeting you all!"
Sébastien PAËS, Young Professionals Committee Chair
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About the speaker
Having graduated from the IEP of Grenoble in 2004, after an exchange year at the University of Kyoto, Thomas Bertrand came back to Japan with a Working Holiday visa. He started a blog called "La rivière aux canards" to document his life in Kyoto and his readers became the first customers of Bento&co, his startup founded in 2008. First an online marketplace specialized in Bento boxes, Bento&co opened its first physical store in 2012 in Kyoto. In 2017, Thomas founded Ship&co, an integrated software plateform to manage shipping and invoice issuing for e-retailers.
Date Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time From 19:00 (doors open at 18:30)
Venue To be confirmed
Admission Fee (cocktail included) To be confirmed
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