Eric Bernard, CEO & Co-Owner of Visioglobe tells us about Indoor mapping technology for world known innovating venues.
First of all, how are you and how are your family doing in this COVID-19 period?
Eric Bernard: Everyone is doing well, both at the level of colleagues, as well as for each other’s families, thank you. And I hope it is the same for you.
Tell us about yourself, your career and how you created or joined Visioglobe?
Eric Bernard: Very early in my career,I wanted to create my own business, whether for the freedom side, but also for the innovation side and to have a pleasant and motivating work atmosphere. Wishing to create after the baccalaureate, I have been encouraged to have experience beforehand, which I have done with different positions in companies.
After deciding that it was the right time, I looked among incubators to find an associate engineer, in order to create a company in new technologies. That’s how I met Philippe Poutignat, with whom I partnered.
How is Visioglobe innovating?
Eric Bernard: We have weekly meetings with our product owner, and the sales team, in order to have a look at the features and new products that we could develop. Then, following an evaluation process, extended to the rest of the team, we decide on the innovations retained, which we enter in a roadmap.
How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Visioglobe and how are you managing this crisis?
Eric Bernard: We haven’t been affected much by the pandemic, either on the organization or the projects. At Visioglobe, many employees were already working from home, so it was positive to generalize it. And for projects, our sectors were little affected. In fact, we are working with verticals that need even more indoor mapping even during, and after COVID like hospitals or smart buildings.
Did you have to make any tough choices and what are the lessons learned?
Eric Bernard: We didn’t have to make any tough choices during this time. Probably because the tough choices were made early in the founding of the company. And these early experiences created strong links in this kind of period.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety during this time and how do you do you and Visioglobe plan for the future?
Eric Bernard: For stress and anxiety management, we set up triangular meetings to think about themes linked to the life of the company. This allows everyone to have regular interactions with several other people with different positions. And for the future, I am very optimistic, because our domain is a growing sector and internally we have further strengthened the links, which were already strong.
Who are your competitors and how do you plan to do well?
Eric Bernard: We have a competitor in France, and then mainly in the United States. These are companies that are valued because they have good products, which is encouraging us to continually improve our solution. And for that, we are strongly invested in the design of the maps and the simplicity of our offer. For the design of the maps, offering a 3D rendering, with the possibility of adding 3D animated objects. And for simplicity, by improving our solution that allows our partners and customers to create and update their map themselves.
A last word?
Eric Bernard: We have been able to give meaning to what we do, both internally and externally, which makes everyday life very pleasant, and I wish that to all companies.
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