Guy Mounier

Co-Founder & CEO at CustomerMatrix

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Mentor in the Big Data Analytics space, Guy Mounier believes that Big Data is fundamentally redefining what Business Intelligence should be, and how it is done. The systematic tracking of human interactions and behaviors is making possible a new class of smarter software, which can learn from top performers best practices and guide each team member with relevant shortcuts to decisions and actions. Guy co-founded CustomerMatrix on such a vision, and launched the world's first cognitive technology helping Salespeople anticipate customer needs and risks, and recommend what to do next.

Prior to that, Guy co-founded and ran BA Insight from inception to become the leader in Agile Information Integration, with 10% of Fortune 500 and 2 million corporate users. The company is in the top 500 fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500™., and is also Microsoft's #1 strategic partner in Enterprise Search. Guy spoke at Industry events with key customers about the complexity of unifying structured and unstructured data, and federating external and internal information sources.

Guy volunteers for several high-tech and educational endeavors. Guy coaches young entrepreneurs at HubTech 21, an incubator promoting French High-Tech startups in the US market. He is also President of Friends of ECP, A US fundraising charity supporting the creation of the largest high-tech hub in Europe by 2016, University Paris Saclay, expected to be #5 in Shanghai ranking. Guy coaches students at the French American School of New York and support the fundraising activities of Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques.

Guy holds two Master's degrees, one in Mathematics from Harvard University, and one in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris.

What are you seeking to gain from the Young Leaders experience?
My objective is two-fold: expand my network with the class of 2014 and the Alumni in both France and the US beyond the field of High Tech, and make a difference on complex issues where the cross-disciplinary makeup of the team is a must.

Can you name a person who has had a significant impact on you as a leader?  How and why did this person impact your life?
You meet different leaders and mentors who shape you, but the most significant one has been Philippe Chambadal, Chairman of both companies I co-founded. His unwavering optimism in face of adversity, unconditional support, and visionary instinct for what will work or not, has shaped me profoundly as an Entrepreneur.

What qualities do you believe define a good leader?
There are of course many qualities that define a good leader, such as integrity, courage, ability to deeply listen to name a few. From my personal experience starting up high-tech businesses, I find that certain qualities are pre-requisites, while others are forged with experience. Courage is one of those qualities. Faced with so many unknowns and issues you cannot control, you are left with finding strength in the very own belief that things will work out somehow. As an Entrepreneur, things look nothing like an overnight success, but rather a roller-coaster ride with several near-death experiences and light at the end of the tunnel. 

What is an interesting fact about you that people might not know?
With the risk of being corny, I would say I like to teach. I find many excuses to assist in science and math class at my kids’ school, coach young entrepreneurs, and help my own and others’ children learn difficult subjects.