The BizSpark company of the day is Leetchi.com, a young and innovative French Startup based in Paris. Leetchi.com was founded by Celine Lazorthes, right after her graduation from a French Business School. The mission of the company is to provide a free-and-easy application for users to organize and buy a cool birthday gift all together. A problem we all face at least once !
Celine is coached by serial entrepreneurs Tariq Krim (Netvibes' Founder) and Oleg Tscheltzoff (Fotolia, Amen's Founder) and we wish her the same success!
Like most of the successful startups in France, Leetchi.com is based on .net and SQL Server. They are currently looking for a .net developer based in Paris.
My name is Céline, I’m 26 years old, I’m leetchi.com’s co-founder & CEO.
I feel very proud to be the most promising company of the day per Microsoft, because it means that I am recognized by experts.
Before creating Leetchi.com, I was completing my master degree in HEC Paris, in Digital Business Management.
I got the idea during my studies. Of course, being a student is great; but, on the other hand we are better known for being broke than for being wealthy. Also, we are well known for being party animals we love to celebrate each other birthdays; and of course we love fancy birthday gifts. To make those gifts, we all put our money together. But sadly each time it’s the same story—one person buys the gift and runs after the others to be paid back. Most of the time it's complicated and money issues can make things awkward between good friends!
This problem happens to everyone, that’s the reason why I decided to try to solve it !
The mission of my company is to provide a free-and-easy application for users to organize and buy a cool birthday gifts together.
Leetchi's primary market is students and young workers; its secondary market is anyyone who loves to receive a group birthday gift !
I would like to quote one of my business partners, an innovative Frenchcompany, named Limonetik providing me with the money transfer technology part, using dot net.
Lucky as I am, I met the great entrepreneur Tariq Krim (Netvibes' Funder) a long time ago; further, months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the serial entrepreneur Oleg Tscheltzoff (Fotolia, Amen's Founder). We all three are part of Leetchi.com's story !
We assume that French are not the only people who organize group birthday gifts! That's the reason why we want to build a European service.
Leetchi is currently has one developer, but we are looking for another!
We are hiring a high-qualified .net developer, in Paris.
We are using the following technologies to build leetchi.com : .NET 3.5, Asp.net MVC, MVC Contrib, Nhibernate, Fluent Nhibernate, Structure Map.
We are the only one to provide a “many-to-one” payment application.
I’ve got many different role models, my co-workers are two of them! Generally I admire people who have succeeded on their own.
Not at the moment !
The BizSpark program is a great opportunity for people like me; sharing the same technology addiction! I've already joined. It has helped me with networking and technology challenges.
Go ahead, do not hesitate to fail; the ones who succeed are the ones who try!
I would to thank all the people who are supporting me each day of this great adventure !