François Hodierne

Web Technologist


Access Watch

Founder and CEO (since February 2016)


Frontend Engineer (June 2015 - January 2016)

Backend Engineer (June 2011 - June 2015)

The Story: In June 2011, I stopped working on La Distribution and started consulting again. At the same time, I met the nice founders of EyeEm who were in need for help on their backend. I started working with them as a contractor, things went really well and after some time I eventually moved as a full time employee.

Achievement: helped scale the company from ~6 people, ~5K users and ~0$ to 60+ people, 10M+ users, 50M+ photos and 24M$+ in funding.

Sample Projects:

The Stack: AWS, Ubuntu, nginx, PHP, Memcache, Redis, MySQL, RabbitMQ, ElasticSearch, Cassandra. Javascript, React, node.js.

La Distribution

Founder (January 2009 - June 2011)

The Story: After Netvibes, I decided to become independent and split my time between freelance work and special projects. I progressively focused on La Distribution which unfortunately didn't break through.

Key Features:


Chief Architect (January 2006 - November 2008)

The Story: I met Tariq Krim, Founder of Netvibes, at a conference in Paris a few months after he launched the product. We chatted about the API strategy and figured I could help. I started as a contractor, became more and more involved and finally joined full time. There I launched a successful developer platform and ended as Chief Architect, responsible for the platform vision and technical strategy.

Achievement: helped scale the company from 1 person, ~100K users and ~0$ to 40 people, 10M+ users and 15M$+ in funding. The UWA platform was a key asset when selling Netvibes to Dassault Systèmes.

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Technical Director (October 2001 - October 2006)

The Story: In September 2001, right after the dotcom crash, looking for a first job as a developer was tough. I finally met the founder of Upian, Alexandre Brachet, and was hired to code, an improbable website covering the french 2002 presidential election. Things went really well and I then helped the company start and grow its web agency activity, providing my technical guidance and developer magics.


Extra Projects


Founder (since January 2004)


Paris Web 2015

Open Source


AMQP library for PHP