October’s boss decides to hand over for health reasons

Posted on Nov 22, 2021, 7:13 PM

In the life of an entrepreneur, certain decisions are necessary, but are far from easy to make. Olivier Goy, the boss and founder of October, the crowdfunding platform, announced Monday his decision to leave his position as CEO to his partner, Patrick de Nonneville.

The particularity of this decision is that it is not based on bad strategic choices that merit a radical change in governance. Since its creation in 2014, the company has established itself as one of the European leaders in the sector. In 2021, October can still be proud of a 70% growth in its turnover and has financed more companies than in 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined, assures its founder.

If Olivier Goy has resolved to leave the hand to his partner, it is because he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Also called Charcot’s disease, it is a neurodegenerative disease that results in progressive paralysis of the muscles.

“So I wanted to give October every chance not to miss any opportunity because of my health,” he wrote on the social network LinkedIn, in a rare exercise of transparency on his personal health for a business owner.

Rare exercise in transparency

Olivier Goy revealed his illness last March, affirming his desire to continue fighting for his life and his business, while arming himself with humor: “PS: I sell my bike, ski and tennis racket. Contact in DM “, he wrote on Twitter the day of his” coming out “, as he says himself.

“7 months later, nothing has changed,” he writes today, about his fighting spirit. However, faced with this “orphan disease and strong enough to win every time”, it appeared necessary to opt for “a better organization of the team, reassuring for all, internally and externally”, says the manager. .

“I don’t walk as well (a bit of a Doctor House look). I speak less well. […] But my brain continues – this is the heartwarming promise of this disease – to spin as before, ”he admits.

Olivier Goy will however remain “active and engaged” within October. From now on, he will chair the company’s supervisory board, a position previously held by Xavier Anthonioz.

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