Today's Entrepreneur: Philippe Honigman

Kristin Karaoglu · April 30, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Mismanaging work-life balance

Today's Entrepreneur is Philippe Honigman, Co-founder and CEO of SocialFolders. According to his VEQ Philippe is a thought leader and is good at product management and sales execution.

Vator’s community is the home to entrepreneurs who embrace their passion and follow their dreams. Our profiles allow members to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their roller-coaster journey.

These profiles give entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase themselves and tell their story. So if you are an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur, or even an aspiring entrepreneur, we'd like to hear from you.

I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
SocialFolders, ftopia, SkyRecon, Erisma

Startups I worked for:
SocialFolders, ftopia, SkyRecon, Vignette, Erisma

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I'm bursting with ideas!

My favorite startups:

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Frustrating: inventing takes seconds, executing takes years.
Rewarding: when a project is no longer yours, but belongs to your users and teammates.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Mismanaging work-life balance.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Decide, listen, adapt. And do that again and again - sorry that's four!

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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SocialFolders is rethinking the way you can manage your dynamic, social online content — from Facebook to Flickr — all in one place. Here’s how it works: After downloading the app on your computer, simply connect to your favorite social sites and get going. SocialFolders will find the content — photos, videos, docs and other files — of your choice, create an easy directory you can manage locally, and let you organize, sync and even back up anything you want from the social web.

Over 6,000 users have subscribed to SocialFolders. We have tripled our (beta) users base since the official launch on Dec 15, 2011. 78% of our users are active (downloading or uploading files through SocialFolders). 2.2% of new active users have subscribed to a paying plan. 25% of new signups are invited by existing users.

SocialFolders leadership combines a unique experience in the cloud infrastructure, collaborative services and photo-sharing spaces. The company is the US spin-off of ftopia, a European company providing SaaS file-centric collaborative services.



Philippe Honigman

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Founder of VC-backed SkyRecon (acquired by Arkoon) and ftopia, winner of HEC Entrepreneur Prize, collaborative/storage apps expert, UX designer.