Short bio: Nicolas Pujol is a veteran technologist, investor and author. He brings fifteen years of experience as a practitioner with specialties in product management, sales and alliances. Nicolas has lived and worked on three continents and recently helped grow a $10m startup named MySQL into a $1 billion acquisition. His first book The Mind Share Market: The Power of an Alternative Currency illustrates the universal principles in free vs. paid business models and realistic paths towards economics of freedom.

Nicolas has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business, a Master in Business Management from EM Lyon, and a degree in Finance from the University of Paris.

Longer version: I spent 15+ years as a practitioner building lines of business in large & small companies, in several industries, locations, cultures and languages. Born in France, I grew up in a middle class family and learned the value of money early in life. I also developed an affinity for mountains, for time in nature, cycling, hiking, sprints, or to allow for thinking: slow walks.

Moved to Tokyo for a year in 1997-1998 where a company called Inabata Sangyo invited a student from Lyon to join their staff for a year and study Japanese business and culture. I became the intern and am still in touch with many friends 14 years later (10-year anniversary article here done by the company). I recommend anyone to spend as much time in Japan as they can. After a brief return to France for another year, I moved to the US for an MBA in Austin TX. I planned on staying there for only the duration of the degree but enjoyed it enough to stay a little longer. Some formative years were spent at Dell in mostly technical product design roles (product management and technical alliances) for operating systems, virtualization, middleware and databases. The company was booming. There it became clear that open source was going to have a profound impact on the technology sector, and that a gap existed (which turned out to be as big as a 12-million user gap) in the database market. I joined MySQL in 2004. In 2010, after Sun had bought MySQL and Oracle had bought Sun, my job was done.

From this time, I went back to research and wrote a first book, papers, articles, and continuing with this blog, currently in the middle of a refresh. I didn’t want to be an author as a kid. There are things that grow on you and the second book is now brewing, slowly.

Academics: MBA from McCombs School of Business (University of Texas at Austin), Master in Commerce (ESC diploma) from EM Lyon, Bachelor in Finance and Accounting (DUT GEA) from the University of Paris, Baccalaureat scientifique (math, physics) from Lycee Paul Arene in Sisteron, France.

Influences (in random order): Jacques Brel, Joseph Campbell, Hiroshi Mihara, John Doggett, Kevin Rollins, Marten Mickos, Monty Widenius, Robert Shiller, Nassim Taleb, Michel Onfray, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Philip von Hohenheim, Anthony Robbins, Paulo Coelho, Bernard Pujol.