Hey, I'm Nicolas, Co-founder and CEO of Algolia.
I'm a firm believer of “culture-first” companies and am focused on building just that at Algolia where team empowerment is how we accomplish our goals. Prior to co-founding Algolia with Julien, I spent over 12 years working on information retrieval at Exalead and Thales.
At Algolia we believe every website and app deserves great search! We offer a hosted Search API that helps developers deliver an instant and relevant search experience. We’ve seen that search is a great touch point to optimize – we regularly see double digit increases in engagement on sites when they improve their search UX.
When we founded Algolia in 2012 it was originally going to be a local SDK for mobile app search. We changed direction and realized that we needed to offer search as a hosted SaaS service, but it was those early mobile optimizations that gave us our unique advantage. We are one of the few search solutions that has been developed from scratch, and we never would have gone that direction if we hadn’t originally been focused on mobile search.
My focus has been first and foremost on making Algolia a great place to work. We have a unique culture here that values ownership as its pillar. We want to create a company where every team member takes initiative, gets out of their comfort zone, is empowered to make decisions; in short: be free to be their best.
I’ve recently spoken at SaaStock on the challenges of running a company based in both Paris and San Francisco. My priority lately has been on scaling our growth and ramping up our team size.
Looking forward to answering all your questions on search, scaling, culture, and APIs!
He will be live on Oct 25 starting at 930 AM PT for one and a half hours during which he will answer as many questions as possible.