Henri Seydoux / Chairman and CEO, Parrot

Last updated on profile page : September 28th, 2016

BIO

Henri Seydoux founded Parrot in 1994 and has been its CEO ever since its inception. Self-taught, he started his career in 1978 as a trainee and then as a journalist for the magazine Actuel.

In 1982, he was hired as a developer by SSCI, before joing Micro Archi. In 1986, he created BSCA, a company that specialized in rendering 3D computer images, and served as CEO until 1990. In 1991, along with three other partners, he founded Christian Louboutin, a luxury shoes company.

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By Henri Seydoux on Paris Innovation Review

L'aventure de Parrot est une suite de rebondissements, qui débute en 1994 avec des agendas électroniques à commande vocale. Ce n'est pas un succès commercial‚ mais la technologie est recyclée dans le téléphone de voiture pour créer un kit mains libres‚ et Parrot devient rapidement un acteur majeur de ce marché. Suivent des produits communicants destinés au grand public. En 2010 est lancé un drone jouet pilotable avec un smartphone, une réussite qui fait aujourd'hui de Parrot l'un des principaux fabricants de drones civils. Trois leçons majeures sont à retenir de cette expérience: on peut trouver des financements à chaque étape de la vie d'une start-up; il faut constamment se renouveler car les cycles de vie des produits high-tech sont courts; il faut préférer le B to C au B to B et vendre des produits plutôt que des technologies.
Parrot's adventure began in 1994 with voice-controlled organizers. It never became a huge commercial success, but the technology involved was recycled into hands-free car kits, and Parrot quickly became a major player in this market. After that, it started manufacturing communication products for the general public. In 2010, a toy drone controlled by smartphone was launched; this success made Parrot one of the leading manufacturers of consumer drones. Three lessons can be drawn from this experience.

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