This week, Geoffrey welcomed Mounir Laggoune, CEO of Finary, an app that allows you to track all your investments in one place. Discover a completely different side of this shy man who has made it big in entrepreneurship!
Can you share with us a piece of advice you’ve been given that has been useful in your life so far?
So I don’t have the exact formula because it’s in English. But basically, if you have an idea, try to invalidate or validate it as quickly as possible and in every way possible.
Is there an app in your phone that you recommend everyone to have?
Finary, of course! I also like Revolut, I think it’s cool what they do, they have a great product approach.
ℹ️ Revolut is a British financial technology company that offers banking services that simplify the management of your assets. How convenient!
Can you tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
Good question. I’m a very shy person actually. And it may not be something that people will perceive, but it’s something that I’ve worked on a lot. And in a way, I also realized myself as an entrepreneur because I found a way of expressing myself that corresponded to me and I found a way of being who I was, without adapting myself to other people’s codes. I had a lot of trouble at school to fit in. That’s what’s so great about entrepreneurship: you can really create your own world and that’s really nice.
Is there a sound you could listen to on repeat right now?
I always listen to classical music in the morning, but the sound I’m listening to on a loop at the moment is a sound from the 80s: it’s Don Henley, it’s called New York Minute.
Don Henley is the leader of the Eagles. It’s an old sound from the 80’s and when I listen to it, I feel like I’m in New York on the Fifth Avenue, and it makes me laugh to listen to it!
Is there a habit you’re trying to get into or stop?
Today, it hasn’t become a habit yet because a habit for me is automatic. You see, you get up in the morning, you turn on the light for example. I haven’t yet managed to create this automatic reflex for sport. So sometimes I have to fight against myself to be motivated.
And that’s really something that’s done me a lot of good. So once again, it’s very important to have an outlet. And that’s sport. I know that sport is something that a lot of people like, and it’s a habit that I really want to keep.
Is there any advice you would give to someone who wants to follow your path?
Well, it would be to go for it, and above all to do things your own way.
I was laughed at when I said that you should raise funds with your community, I was laughed at when I said that people would connect their bank account to a website to follow their assets, I was laughed at when I said that with technology you could create a one-stop shop.
Today, I don’t hear about these people anymore, but I had a good laugh, so I think you shouldn’t listen to others, you should trust yourself. Frankly, nobody is better placed than you, so just go for it. And on the other hand, you have to be aware that you shouldn’t stop at the first failure, because there will be some and it’s normal.
What is your favorite book?
The book that comes to mind is The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan. It’s a book that tells you how to focus on one thing at a time, and it’s very hard. I’m sure you’re thinking about a lot of things at the same time and everything. And in fact, this book explains how you can really say no to yourself, and increase your focus, with a Domino vision which is very interesting. It’s a great book and a must-read.