KEVIN SOULAS

Digital maker. Growth hacker.

ManoMano (Head of Growth, from early 2015)

European DIY marketplace, 250M€/year in 5 years

Paid Acquisition, Real Time Bidding algorithms development & Growth Team management.


launchpad-pro.com (side project)

A sharing music project platform for producers

Website, forum and youtube channel - over 100k email subscribers, +1 million views on youtube, +500k project downloads, +100k unique visitors per month, +$50k sales in one year.


Past

sismeek.com (one year)

CTO at Sismeek - Design watch brand in Paris.

Website back-end and front-end - Traffic management, optimizing the conversion - Analytics and reporting - Digital global strategy


bersol.fr

Co-funder & CTO at Bersol - Web solutions for local communities

Web app development and design - Incubated at HEC incubator in 2013 - small profitable business in the first year. Closed in 2016.


EDUCATION
  • 2012-2013: HEC PARIS / TELECOM ParisTech, France
    3rd year specialization HEC PARIS / TELECOM ParisTech in Digital Business Management
  • 2010-2012: TELECOM ParisTech, France
    Engineer - Man-machine interfaces, 3D Computer Graphics, Web Engineering courses
  • 2008-2010: Paris VI University, France
    Bachelor's degree in Mathematics (probabilities) with honors (ranking: 2/234)
PASSIONS

Music production, Photography, Indie Games

Outdoor photography

Blue hour at Roseland lake In the Alpes.


I love being outside and I love the never ending challenge of trying to portray ‘that feeling’, you know, the warm evenings at twilight, the sense of isolation when you have a mountain to yourself, the sound of waves lapping the shore of an empty beach.

- Thomas Heaton


Alone, into the wild mountain.


Long exposure photograph of waves at le Phare du bout du monde.


I just fell in love with long exposure photography. By capturing an image for 5 to 10 minutes rather than a fraction of a second, this technique bring a completely new approach of time and reality.

- Thibault Roland


Architecture

L'Arc de Triomphe, 6min exposure, everything disappears except stone.


To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.

- Andri Cauldwell


La "Dame en noir".


Strange reflections at La Defense.


More

On 500px

On Instagram


My Gear

Canon 5d mark II
Just perfect.

Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM
A must have for street photography and portraits, very affordable.

Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
This wide angle lens is perfect for architecture and landscape photography.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM
My go to lens for shooting distant landscapes, very handy and affordable (without the Image Stabilizer).

Primaphoto 140cm tripod
I can't shoot without a tripod.

ND12 filter
A must have to shoot very long exposure photographs.

UV and Polarizer filters
Can be useful.

(soon)

Darkfate (2010)

Free Download (17,9Mo) Windows

A small exploration indie game. The game was developed in 2 weeks for the Clickteam and GameBuilder 2010 Twenty Event competition, which restricted the number of lines of code participants could use to build their games. Darkfate placed second in the contest.

Over 50k downloads - appeared on indiegames.com, PC Zone and "250 indie games you must play" book.

About: Darkfate is an exploration platformer that follows Chris Freeman, a man whose memory has failed him. He has no idea why he's wandering around a snowy mountainside in freezing weather and decides to venture into nearby caves to seek out answers. During his odyssey, he keeps a record of his thoughts in a journal.

After only a short while, Chris finds out how he got where he is, and when he does, the story takes a bizarre and twisted turn. Throughout play, Chris continues to remember events from his past and slowly he pieces together what he has seen. If Chris falls down a hole or drops too far, his journey will end, but the game will also tell you that this is not his destiny and places him back in the last area he was in.


HyperCube (2005)

Free Download (5,1Mo) Windows

This is my very first game! Quite simple but very hard. Beat the HyperCube through 50 levels. Save your progress each 10. Only a few people beat the game, will you?

Game of the week winner on DailyClick and nominated to the Game of the year competition.


Manage City (2010)

Free Download (2,8Mo) Windows

Build your City and make your people happy. Easy to say, hard to do! The game has no real ending but if you want some challenge, try to make 25k points before the 5th year.


Other little games

100m (2010)

Free Download (515Ko) Windows

You have 2 buttons to run as fast as you can. Usain bolt said the game is easy, but it's not.


SuperDrum (2010)

Free Download (2,0Mo) Windows

A Guitare Hero like but with drums.


More tiny games

Super Poule (2008)

Free Download (835Ko) Windows

Collect the eggs, avoid the pooh.


Floor (2009)

Free Download (537Ko) Windows

Go downstairs.


Enigma (2008)

Free Download (4,2Mo) Windows

Measure your IQ in 10 questions.


Rotex (2009)

Free Download (4,2Mo) Windows

Hmm hard to explain. Just do points.

I’m a data-driven engineer passionnate about Digital Making, Growth Science and Startups.

1. Digital maker: childhood.

I enjoy creating stuff that people will love. I had quite a long experience building indie games and websites. I strive for perfection, and aim to deliver polished, meaningful and usable products.

"Creativity is intelligence having fun"

- Albert Einstein


2. Growth Scientist: profession.

I have experience building and marketing projects from start to finish, both on my own and in collaboration with a team. I strongly believe in the power of science serving the business through data & automation. I aim to develop the processes and algorithms that will run companies. I have developed a strong expertise in Real Time Bidding Algorithms at ManoMano, a fast-growing Marketplace in DIY.

"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone"

- Henry David Thoreau


3. Entrepreneur: ambition.

I love to build projects from scratch and I'm obsessed with growth. I like to work with entrepreneurs and people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world.

"Everybody has a plan, until he gets punched in the face"

- Mike Tyson


If you're interested in contacting me, whether it's just to say hi, to ask for a little help, or tell me about a project you'd like to work together, you can send me an email at kevinsoulas(at)gmail.com.