Call Me Mat
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Call Me Mat

To Jérémy

Thanks for a wild 2018 👊

I was debating making this public or not, but I think people need to know how incredibly crucial you have been in the last 7 months of starting and scaling PubLoft 2.0. It’s easy to post about the success we’ve been having and to make it seem like it was easy. It wasn’t easy the first time, as PubLoft eventually failed. What the hell happened between this time and last time that made PubLoft so much better? The answer is Jérémy Chevallier, my co-founder and probably one of the most talented people that I’ve ever met, let alone got the chance to work with. A few things about Jérémy:

He sees the world as malleable

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” — Steve Jobs

Unlike almost anyone I know, Jérémy embodies this quote. When we met in January of 2017, as PubLoft was dying slowly, he couldn’t get his mind off swarm intelligence, and we geeked out about it for hours. It’s generally how mass amounts of people or animals can work together to produce some sort of optimized end result. He’s started agencies and turned down jobs to pursue his passion. He has ideas and makes them happen, without caring about how other people think of him in the process. This made him a perfect thought partner when bringing him onto PubLoft.

He’s an impeccable communicator

If you’ve met Jérémy before, he probably left some sort of mark on you. One of the first things I noticed when working with him is how clear and crisp of a communicator he is. You can hear the intonation of every sentence, always communicated with intention. He says what he means and he means what he says, which comes out in verbal and written communication.

He makes me feel like a novice communicator, but in the best way. Just by being in the same room as him, he makes me want to be better. This isn’t a bad thing. Your co-founder should challenge you and make you feel like you can be better every step of the way. He makes me want to communicate more effectively, and I’m getting better at it just by working with him day to day.

He is the most talented creative I know

Jérémy is dripping with talent. Need Wordpress development? Done. How about a new custom website? Check. Need to redo your brand identity? He’s got you. Want your blog post smeared with red ink, but in the best way possible? He can do that too.

Not only can he design, writer, edit, and code, he has an urge to teach others to do the same. This is why he’s recruited a power team of Patricia and Sarah to help him manage the content side of PubLoft. He can do, but he can manage too! How lucky did I get? Very lucky.

The results speak for themselves

That dream team is responsible for no customer churning in the span of 6 months. 6 months! That’s insane, and it’s all thanks to him and the team he’s leading. He’s managing our customers, working tirelessly every week to make sure all the posts go out, and he is rarely able to catch a break. I know how hard his role is because I did it for 9 months when I first started PubLoft. Let me tell you, there isn’t anyone in the world who can do it as well as Jérémy has done it.

Jérémy, thanks for choosing to share your rare talents with me. I, PubLoft, and the future of the freelance ecosystem will be in debt to you for many decades. I’m glad to be on this ride with you. To 2019 🚀

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