Person Behind the Face - Edouard Feiss

Edouard Feiss is co-founder and CEO of Navily Edouard Feiss is co-founder and CEO of Navily

How I got into this industry…I fell in love with sailing over 15 years ago, thanks to my friend Benjamin. Ten years later, we had the idea of creating a cruising guide fuelled by the sailing community. We quit our jobs and created Navily.

Best advice I've ever received…If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late. In today's fast-paced economy, it's important to launch fast, learn and then improve. Trying to do everything perfect is often a great way to miss a window of opportunity.

You should really read…If you're fluent in French, Bernard Moitessier's books are great to get back to the roots of sailing. Simple lessons, humility, adventure and a ton of great tips.

One thing the industry needs less of is…Fear of innovation. The industry still relies heavily on the old sailor who likes things the way they were, however too few turn to the younger generation who will be the main source of growth for the industry.

Most hated buzzword or workplace expression…’Synergies’ is a hidden way of saying ‘I'd like to work with you but I don't how, please find a way for me’. A word that's thrown around too hastily these days.

Best place I’ve been…Florence, Italy. I lived there for three years. I love Tuscany, the food, the wine, the people, the amazing landscapes.

Don't worry about…Failing. You have to try if you want to succeed and failing is also part of the adventure. What matters is doing your best to avoid failure and learn from your mistakes.

Favourite meal…Italian food for sure. Bistecca Fiorentina? Pici Cacio e Pepe? Such a hard question for a food lover like me.

One thing I couldn’t live without…Probably food again. I love trying new things, new combinations, eating out, discovering new restaurants.

How I cope with stress…Running is definitely a big help. Sailing too although it now reminds me of work.

Something about you that people might be surprised by…I speak four languages fluently; English, French, Spanish and Italian. By the age of 25, I had lived and worked in five different countries, USA, Argentina, Spain, France and Italy.

Edouard Feiss is CEO and co-founder of Navily

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