Olivier and Isabelle Chouvet have a funny habit . Before starting a business in a city , they start by opening a restaurant. They did it in Tokyo, Paris and Shanghai. And this ritual has always been their luck : ” In Japan , if we had just mounted a communication agency , we would never have sold a single event,” explains the young quadra , now based in Shanghai.
Here , twelve years after his first trip to Asia, at the head of a group of communication than two hundred people , led by his wife Isabelle , and a nugget of Asian Internet , Glamour Sales. The concept shows – Chinese and Japanese sauce – recipe vente-privee.com : stocks brands sold off online registration . Amongst its shareholders, a few names : Ardian (former Axa Private Equity) and Xavier Niel , individually . These people had the hollow nose , after two years, the site employs four hundred people and has a 120% growth per year. The future is rather bearer Chouvet Olivier hopes to double every year over three years.
Fundraising in full nuclear disaster
In 2008 , during the financial storm, it starts. The activity of its communication agencies suddenly landed in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The cancellation of a gala dinner of international banks following the cancellation of an opening of a casino … “We had to invest quickly against the cycle . There were inventories throughout Japan , our usual contacts sought to get rid of their stocks in France , everyone had noticed the success story of vente- privee … We started in three months. ”
Second round , ” I have done fundraising for a nuclear disaster , it sets the scene . Nobody wanted to get on a plane to join me in Japan. ” Despite the inauspicious , Neiman Marcus invests. Ultimately, it will be over 50 million dollars have been raised in the case. Between its agencies, its restaurant and the site of e -commerce , Olivier Chouvet posted consolidated revenue of $ 120 million and expects to reach 190 million for next year .
Restart the boiler
He solemnly swear , he did not leave in disgust of France or spite, but because he sought the growing market . “I did not really want to leave, I had two children, if I had found the right project to Marseille, I would. But I regret nothing . ” He does not like the French bashing : ” It’s a habit of French France is a rich country, but depressed a bit like Japan, except that they are harming themselves deflation is like , but we are ! . . good . ”
Her idols are, it is unstoppable , Xavier Niel and Jacques -Antoine Granjon. ” Climbing school and asserting their political support to start-ups , they restart the boiler with hope . ” Some advice to young people who want to start ?
” just start ! Journey two or three years to train you , start small and give you a reasonable time to test your ideas . ” Because it is traveling the world as it multiplies the chances of being in the right place at the right time .