Angélique Zettor
Co-Founder and CEO of Genymobile

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I am passionate about climbing, hoping one day to attempt the El Capitan climb in Yosemite.

Friendships inspire Creativity

The desire to become an entrepreneur came to me early and naturally, as I was always searching for freedom. I chose to go to university at ISC Paris because I believed its associative system would be a good way to start my entrepreneurial career. There, I chaired a charity called Accède, which helps unemployed people return to working via entrepreneurship.

Before Genymobile, my leadership experiences dealt with problems that had clear solutions. But in 2011, Android was not an obvious solution for the mobile needs of businesses. Making it one was a real gamble for me personally and professionally, but entering a market with a clear issue and finding a new solution was a risk that I wanted to take. In order to overcome this challenge, I knew I needed a top notch team, strong company foundation and excellent culture. I’ve often noticed that the best creativity at Genymobile emerges from friendships between colleagues. Passion, atmosphere and employee involvement are the keys to our growth. When you enter any one of our offices in San Francisco, Paris or Lyon, you get the same message: make yourself at home!

Angélique Zettor is a 30-year-old entrepreneur living in San Francisco. Passionate about technology and mobility, she co-founded Genymobile in Paris in 2011 after holding a business engineering position at Linagora. With 67 employees and 10,000 enterprise customers including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Uber and Samsung, Genymobile has become the number one Enterprise Android solution in the world.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.