Cyril Paglino

Founder of Tribe

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON November 16, 2016

Discussion

CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
Hi my name is Cyril Paglino and I am the CEO of Tribe. When my cofounders and I started Tribe one year ago, we packed our bags from my native France and moved to San Francisco on a whim. I actually come from a non-tech background. When I was 15, I dropped out of high school to become a professional breakdancer. From then until I was 21, I travelled the world competing in over 60 countries as the vice champion breakdancer of the world. I retired from my breakdancing career at 21 to join the startup scene back in 2008. I sold my last company, a digital talent agency for top French celebrities, in 2014. Over the past year we have enjoyed our time in San Francisco, hard at work with my team building a video messaging platform suitable for anybody all over the world. I am excited to be here for this Product Hunt Live and and looking forward to taking your questions about tech, startups, the messaging space, traveling from Europe to San Francisco for its startup scene, and anything else you want to chat about!
Austin Sandmeyer@as_austin · Thinker/Student/Rockstar
Hey Cyril! I'd love to know a little bit more about how Tribe has become what it is. Did you set out to attack the video messaging world? Or something else completely?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@as_austin Hello Austin ! thanks for the question. We were just looking for an app that allows us to manage our daily conversations in a more meaningful way. We create Tribe cause we've seen a big need for asynchronous video conversations.
Austin Sandmeyer@as_austin · Thinker/Student/Rockstar
What do you see as the largest challenge to Tribe in it's current form? How will you overcome this challenge?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@as_austin Biggest challenge is finding what makes a product change from "being nice/cool" to "being a necessary daily app to communicate w/ friends"
oty@otymix · @oneTapVote | working on smthg new 🤐
Did you code for tribe or ohter product ? and was it possible to have the same (or at least a ) success for tribe if you have ever stayed in France ?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@otymix Hi Oty, thanks for the questions. I don't code :) I think being in the valley for us was a key to learn and develop the product. With a French background, we understood how tech works in Europe (and the French tech scene is awesome) but for understanding better our market, it definitely helps being here in SF.
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · mobile developer & advice giver
Hey, French here o/. Do you have some kind of a routine in your daily life, like meditation and stuff. And since you moved to San Francisco, US; do you feel affected by the Trump for next Presidency? Extra question : Is it difficult for a french tech (mobile developer) to move to the US and find a job? I'm thinking about it everyday :)
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@tsunaze Hello Pierre-Marie ! thanks for the question. We live in a hacker house, so i make sur that i get out for runs and experiencing San Francisco as much as i can to keep a work life balance. Sports as always been super helpful for me and its big part of my life. I don't medidate :) About Trump, of course i'm affected, as all the Team. We've been following campaign at the office and it was interesting for us to observe the election cycle (with clever thougts from @ryanmorris55 haha).
Rahul Ramchand@rahulr047 · Botmonster 🔥
Hi Cyril! Rahul from the emails haha. Going to kind of repeat the question I have had for a while. :D Would like to know have you seen problems with respect to requiring sound/volume to communicate on Tribe? A sizable chunk of videos smartphones are consumed without sound and it's mostly cause of reasons such as - being in a public space (read :work or friends) - or even needing headphones to communicate clearly - people look weirdly Snapchat/Instagram and even Facebook kind of bypass this drawback by ensuring it's possible to add text on top of videos. Have you faced this problem or do you see it as a problem? If yes, do you plan to adapt in any way?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@rahulr047 Hi Rahul, thanks for the question :) Video comes with pro and cons. Its faster to talk/record than Type. There is more emotions. More context. But as you mentioned, today, its sometimes hard to consume in public. We are, at tribe, focusing on how we could reduce these friction. That's why we've added real time subtitles to check video when you're at school or in a meeting, or the "ears mode" that allows you to hear tribe like you're hearing a call by putting the phone on you ears. We also think that behavior are evolving. 5years ago, it was weird to take a Selfie, right ? Now you see people facetim-ing in the street, and its socially normal to do so. The shift of behavior will only keep happening, in a good way for video. :)
Rahul Ramchand@rahulr047 · Botmonster 🔥
@cyrilpaglino Thanks for answering!
Jordy Oumira@jordy_ot
Hi Cyril! Currently, what's the weight of a video on Tribe?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@jordy_ot Hi Jordy, we're around 100ko per second. We're lighter than Messenger, WhatsApp an even Snapchat. Big challenge for us in the futur to keep improving this topic :)
Jordy Oumira@jordy_ot
@cyrilpaglino Great! Thanks for your answer!
Pedro Wunderlich@pddro · Maker of oddball apps (3x ❤️ by Apple)
Hi Cyril, love Tribe, thanks for doing this. What growth strategies could you share with other startup founders? I'm also curious, how well has forcing people to invite at least one friend worked for Tribe?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@pddro Hello Pedro ! thanks for the question. Before focusing on big growth, the key is to find the perfect market fit. K-factor, retention, engagement. When these KPIs are Green, you can go big in Growth. few months ago, we've noticed that people joining Tribe without any friends on the app couldn't experience the magic of Tribe. We'd rather Users that are able to use the app the second day login for the first time.
Rory Bate-Williams@rorybw · Founder of Boink
Hey Cyril! What, if any, pressures are you facing to monetize Tribe? I'm interested to hear your opinion on the difference between US/European investors here and what they advise about growth/monetisation? Cheers! Rory
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@rorybw Hello Rory ! thanks for the question. Monetization is a step ahed of where we are right now. Its super important, and it will be even more in the next few years, but right now we're focusing on product & experience. I'm not super aware about the European VC Scene. What i can say is more and more European VC's are getting more and more into consumer facing products these last few months.
Rory Bate-Williams@rorybw · Founder of Boink
@cyrilpaglino thanks! Interesting and positive for Europe! 💪
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What are the key differences working in tech in France to SF?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@bentossell Being in SF, we lost a lot of distractions due to being in a new place without the familiarity of France. We're more focus :) Also, being here where everyone talks about product out and about, we're able to always learn more about consumers needs.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
If you had to swap lives with another tech CEO for a week, who would it be and why
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@bentossell ZUCK. Just to be able to see how the world operate from his view point would be unbelievable. I hope that means i would get to play with beast too :)
John Kaldor@jkaldor3 · Manager, BDO
Hey Cyril - thanks for doing this today. A couple of questions for you: 1) How did you make the transition from high school dropout to professional breakdancer to tech entrepreneur? Seems like what some would call an unconventional path -- Have you ever written about this journey? 2) What are your thoughts on Whale, one of the other video messaging products (from Justin Kan & team) that is getting a fair amount of attention as well?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@jkaldor3 Hi John. thanks for the question! I stopped school to directly jump on breakdance. I was already close to be pro, and it was a matter of choice : do i keep going into school or i choose to dance and practice everyday. So the transition was super logic. About tech, its interesting how you get to love digital platform when you're out of home more than 200 days per year. At 16yo, i was most of the time traveling, using AIM, Myspace, Friendster, Skype, and any other products. I guess my deep love for social platform came from it :) When i stopped dancing, the only other thing i enjoyed to do beside dancing was spending hours on the internet. So i tried to create business around that. A lot skills and traits transfer quiet well from dance competition to the tech world. Never had written about this, maybe in the futur, for fun. About Whale, interesting product, and i like the execution, i'm just not a big fan of "making people pay for advice". The same product but without the money side, in my opinion, would be a real Video Quora. Which i think could be even better. :)
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
What are your top tips for creating a community around a product?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@ems_hodge Hi Emily. Thanks for the questions :) What has been working for us so far is, from the early beginning, asking feedbacks from friends, every day. We create this Facebook private group, with 20 friends. it grows to 300 people in few months. Only friends that were interested in the product and bringing their thoughts and inputs. They are the very first community of Tribe.
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What can we expect from Tribe in the near future?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@jacqvon Hi! Thanks for your question. Expect us to keep evolving the product every couple of weeks to make sur your conversations on Tribe are as real and convenient as possible.
Mountnow@mountnow
HI Cyril, what was your hack to get your first 1000 user @Tribe? Afraid! someone might asked this already!!
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@mountnow They were friends of mine and friends of the founding team. :)
Mountnow@mountnow
Thank You, @cyrilpaglino How many user you have today? and what was your move to acquire them after your first 1k?
Camille Besse@camillebesse
Hi Cyril, What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time in 2008 (when you joined startup scene) ?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@camillebesse Hello Camille ! thanks for the question. Understand when thing goes right or wrong and don't take it too personally. It takes a lot to acknowledge when its time for pivot or something new and being able to recognize that does not means complete failure is very important.
David@davidkwele1
Hi Cyril! How long have you worked on Pleek before the pivot? What elements made you think that you were not in the right direction?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@davidkwele1 Hi David, thanks for the question. We worked few months on it before realising that traction and retention were not good enough. The core product was also not differenciating enough from competition to be a sustainable product. We might have worked on it for 6months :) And we learned a lot!
Pablo Quiroga@pabloiquiroga · CEO, Fuelixir
Hey Cyril! Thank you for your time. Do you prioritize maintaining a strong mind and body? What traits or characteristics did you transfer from your breakdancing dayz to your existing ventures?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@pabloiquiroga Hi Pablo, thanks for the question. I would say that having friends, family and positive mindset in life in general helps moving forward. The "teamwork" and "pushing through adversity" are aspects of breakdancing past life that have helped me in my actual career in tech.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Cyril thanks for joining us today! What skills from your previous career have brought to the tech space? Does having a varied background give you an advantage as a founder?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@ems_hodge Hi Emily :) I would say that the "teamwork" and "pushing through adversity" are aspects of breakdancing past life that have helped me in my actual career in tech. Also, living a life where i needed to communicate long distance with lots of friends and family, for many years helps me understanding a bit the pain of virtual communications today.
Rodolfo Benitez@rodolfobenitez_
Hey Cyril, congratulations for the great success at Tribe ! What is a day like in San Francisco for you and your team ? What were the main challenges and objectives when you first moved there ?
CyrilPaglino@cyrilpaglino · Building @HeyTribe
@rodolfobenitez_ Hello Rodolfo ! thanks for the question. We work from a hacker House in Noe Valley, tons of work, awesome energy, we're all passionate about what we're building, we work in one giant open space so that they're is lots of dialogs and unity amongst the team. We eat every meal together and have created a culture where everyone is friends outside the office as well. Main challenges : getting Visa, obviously. Was a big risk to move our lives from Paris to San Francisco and we are 100% focused on building a product that our users truly love.