From a web developer to an entrepreneur who invented 3D printed objects

Posted on Apr 6, 2022, 7:00 AM

“At the age of 14, I discovered computer programming thanks to Site du Zero (today called OpenClassrooms). At that time, I fell in love with programming, and I wanted to make it my job.

After getting my baccalaureate, I naturally headed to studies in computer science. I start a DUT in Services and Communications Networks at IUT of Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis) then a degree in Economics and Management at Sorbonne Paris Nord (Villetaneuse, Seine-Saint-Denis) and finally enroll in DEUST web M.Sc. (2 years scientific and technical university degree) From the University of Limoges (Haute-Vienne) at a distance.

I never go to the end because the courses seem to me too focused on theory and less up-to-date, while programming techniques develop very quickly. Then let’s put it simply: At that time, I’d rather sell out than go to school.

Because at the same time, my need for money is driving me to launch a small business to buy/resell clothes and accessories on Facebook and LeBonCoin marketplace. I continued this during my school years… which were marked by repeated failures.

“Best selling on going to school”

In 2014, I chose to discontinue this business, which was certainly profitable but not serious enough in my opinion, to put myself this time 200% into developing learning. My goal is to sell websites.

I want to combine my two passions: entrepreneurship and IT, the perfect way to grow professionally in my daily life. So I am looking for short and intensive training over a maximum of six months because I don’t want to go back to school or take a classic course for a year or even two years.

After a bit of searching on Google, I came across Simplon, a startup that offers training in digital careers – and that’s for free. Calendar in time: I can register for the next training session, without waiting for the classic start of the school year. I decided to apply. I passed the initial selection and a few days later learned that my application had been accepted.

For one semester, I enjoy getting up every morning to go to class in order to learn the latest programming techniques. A real revelation to me.

The icing on the cake: 3D printing courses are presented! I had never seen one before, and I quickly understood the potential of this technology. I begin to quickly take it on hand and create little things.

Then the day comes when I decide to make a little support to hang my phone on the screen. As a developer, I work a lot with my computer as well as with my smartphone. It allows me to stay very connected and productive.

Two medals for Lebanon

Little by little, I realize that my subject matter is challenging. It is not uncommon to see a smartphone connected to a computer. A lot of people ask me where I bought it from… and that’s when I realized this thing has great potential.

After six months of training at Simplon School, I was hired by his web agency. I’m working on it as a developer, as I slowly continue to progress on my phone support project, which I (simply) call “Phoneide”.

Two years later, in May 2017, I decided not to renew my fixed-term contract to start freelance work and set up my own company called “Makagency”. I surround myself with a small team, and I am accompanied by structures such as the Association Les Déterminés, Me93 or even the MDE Convergence Entrepreneur to expand my network and create a further structuring of my project.

The side of the phone from his imagination and perception and Mehdi Mazati.Dr

Then things accelerated: we won medals at the Lépine competition in 2019 (bronze) and then again in 2021 (silver) for the “Phoneside” product, 100% made in France; The media talks about us and our innovations are sold to many companies like Facebook, Novotel, Engie, STRIP, etc., to make the good stuff.

400,000 copies sold

Even if you are an entrepreneur, gradually realize that the economic model is not optimal because the production cost of 3D printing is high, the quality is not the same with the traditional product and the production capacity is slow to meet the demand.

The solution: investing in a mold for the production of plastic injection parts, the cost of which reaches several tens of thousands of euros. Lacking funds, she launched a crowdfunding campaign – a good alternative to bank loans and investors.

This allowed me to raise 35,000 euros in thirty days – enough to buy these famous molds that facilitate the production of Phoneside.

A few months after the first production, at the end of 2020, our concept was noted in all Fnac stores in France (at €31.88). In total, we have sold nearly 400,000 copies. And the business is going well: this year, we are on track to achieve €500,000 in sales. But above all, we are about to launch a new product for the office…”

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