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NJ Tech Meetup 53 w/ Guillaume Gauthereau founder Totsy/Sequoia Lab/Startup 101

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Speaker: Guillaume Gauthereau founder Totsy/Sequoia Lab/Startup 101

Topic: Success, Happiness & Life Purpose: how to become a true leader

Schedule:

6:45 (sharp!) - 7:15: Speed Networking
7:15 - 8:15: Welcome/Startups present
8:15 - 9:!5: Feature Speaker
9:15+: Closing remarks/head to Little Town (local bar) with food/drink specials

Startups:

TBD

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Quick Summary About Guillaume:

E&Y 2012 Finalist Entrepreneur of the Year

NYC Venture Fellow Winner 2012
AlwaysOn 2012 Top 100 Start-up
Forbes 2012 Most Promising Company Winner
Member of the Young Entrepreneurship Council
Member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Member of Clinton Global Initiative (www.cgi.org)
Advisory Board of GRAMEEN BANK America
Foreign Trade Advisor for the french government
Member of e2 (www.e2.org)
Member of NRDC NY Council
Mentor for Women Innovative Mobile (http://womeninnovatemobile.com/)

About Guillaume: Guillaume Gauthereau is a business leader, serial entrepreneur, and a socially conscious activist.Guillaume was the co-founder and CEO of Totsy until April 2013, where he successfully raised $45M for the company’s first & second rounds of financing and built a team of over 100 people. In 36 months, he led the company to become the second largest US private sale website dedicated to moms and kids, attracting over 3 millions members on the site, and earning a ranking in Forbes as one of the top 100 private most promising US companies. His passion for social responsibility & sustainability is reflected in the Totsy brand, with its unique position as the only carbon neutral and socially responsible flash sale company in the US.Guillaume’s experience spans 15 years working in executive roles with numerous companies in the retail & luxury industry. He was most recently CEO of Lalique North America (and Lalique UK), where he held the distinguished honor of being the youngest CEO for an international luxury retail company. During his six year tenure, Guillaume successfully increased retail and wholesale distribution in the US and Canada, closing the largest transaction in the Company’s history and positioning Lalique as the first brand in its category (and increasing sales by 20%). Prior to that Guillaume was General Manager of Louis Vuitton’s flagship Champs-Élysées store in Paris, where he managed a $150 million P&L and team of 25 people. Under his leadership, sales increased by 72% and management retention remained at record low rates. He began his career with Nestle Ralston Purina and Colgate Palmolive Hill’s Pet Nutrition in the health and pet Industry where he found the opportunity and inspiration for his first startup, Alidoo.com. Alidoo was Europe’s first online retail company dedicated to pets, where he raised capital at a $20M first round valuation.Guillaume’s advisory experience, as founder and Chairman of Sequoia Lab, focused on implementing growth and brand strategies for companies with a sustainable and socially responsible interest, brands with a purpose, as he calls them. His broad range of clients goes from large multinational companies to successful entrepreneurs and artists. This includes Alicia Keys, George Esquivel, L’Oreal, Lactalis, Organic Avenue, ArtWeLove, Brick House Security, CraftAtlantic, GustOrganics, Atlason, KeyLogic, TheGreenShows, Portofino, Mintbox, YellowBrck, Keywifi, Newlio, The Barber’s Daughters and Scott Lazerson. During this time, he also co-founded Wave Management Group, a chain of eco-luxury boutique hotels that fully integrate socially responsible, carbon-zero and sustainablepractices in partnership with local communities in Cartagena, Colombia.His current board appointments include TOTSY Inc.; Grameen Bank America, the microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus; BrickHouse Security, a company dedicated to providing security and safety solutions to individuals and government, GustOrganics, the first USDA certified 100% organic restaurant in the United States; Ayoka Productions, a non-profit group promoting international grassroots initiatives using short films, and the business organization of Alicia Keys.Guillaume has received global media recognition for his achievements. He has been featured on FOX News, CNN, CBS, CNBC, BFM, Huffington Post, The Independent, Forbes and Portfolio. He has been an invited speaker at elite academic institutions including Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, INSEAD Alumni and Parsons School of Design. Guillaume was named Foreign Trade Advisor by the French government in 2008.Guillaume has a PhD from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Maisons-Alfort, Paris. In 2012, he was nominated by Ernst & Young as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2011, Mayor Bloomberg named him a NYC Venture Fellow, an honor given to exceptional entrepreneurs who create jobs in New York City. He is a member of the prestigious YPO-WPO organization, the World Entrepreneurship Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative and e2.org / NRDC.org. Guillaume is also a mentor for the Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator, as well as a funding member of SlowFood. These days he maintains a bee hive as a trained beekeeper, preserves endangered fruit trees in his orchard in the Catskills, enjoys growing his own organic veggies and practices daily meditation. Guillaume lives in New York City. He can be reached at [masked]