Thought Leaders July 31, 2020
Ignite Podcast – Episode 14 – Jeremie Tisseau – CEO & Founder of Morphosis Apps – The Faster You Fail, The Faster You Can Learn
Quote: “You can read all the books you want but until you actually do it you never know what it’s like.”
In this episode of the Ignite Podcast, Michael Waitze is joined by Jeremie Tisseau, the Founder and CEO of Morphosis Apps, a premium design first digital agency. Morphosis started as a small UX/UI agency and has now transformed into an end-to-end digital agency. As a design first agency, Morphosis offers a myriad of services from design and development, to SEO and marketing, all of which are dedicated to elevate their client’s business through a strong focus on user experience.
They discussed how Jeremie stepped foot into the UX/UI industry, the significance of being able to reinvent yourself and how he went from a one man freelancer to employing nearly fifty people.
Designing A New Path
“I was really miserable,” Jeremie revealed.
Despite having over 15 years of experience in the design field, Jeremie had actually never intended on becoming a UX/UI designer, let alone becoming a CEO and Founder one day.
Originally, he had studied instrumental optics for several years in France, after which he acquired a job in the Canary Islands in Spain. There, he worked as a technician in optics for 4 years, during which he realized just how miserable his field of work made him and that he was ready for a new path.
He revealed that he stumbled upon this new path in a purely serendipitous accident. He explained that he had wanted to learn more of both English and Spanish and knew of people who did too, however, back then there wasn’t any website for meeting groups of people yet.
Jeremie decided he would just try to create a website and planned to hand out booklets and flyers in the streets. It was through this that he discovered his love for design and just how much potential he had in the field.
The Reinvention Process
“I learnt how to simplify my designs,” he explained.
After realizing his newfound potential in the design field, he wasted no time in improving his knowledge and understanding of not just creating designs, but designing codes.
“For my first website, I went crazy on the design, then when I tried to code it I realized it wasn’t going to work,” laughed Jeremie. He explained that back then coding something was a lot more complicated than it would have been to do it now. As a result, he learnt how to simplify his creations whilst still maintaining an effective design and a powerful impact.
They discussed Jeremie’s reinvention process and how crucial it is to be able to adapt and change, as well as how he forged his career path that expanded in opportunities and possibilities.
One Man Army to Business Owner
“You have to fail a lot, the faster you fail the faster you can learn,” he reflected.
Entering a new field of work was never going to be an easy transition. There will be many bumps along the way, and you’re inevitably going to make a myriad of mistakes.
When making these mistakes, you can feel like you’re learning less, when in reality you’re actually learning more. The transition from a one man army to employing your first set of employees and becoming a business owner can be particularly tough.
Jeremie details the mistakes he made along his path to success, revealing that he “spent a lot of time solidifying the agency” and always tried to ensure he was recruiting those who believed in his dream.
He then describes “the spark” he looks for when recruiting people, and how avoiding tough situations may raise your confidence, but it’ll never raise your chances of real success.
They then go on to discuss this “dream” of Jeremie’s and how that led him to expand his business and built a strong structure to help him accelerate the success of his business.
To learn more about Jeremie Tisseau’s emergence into the UX/UI industry, the influential events, mistakes he made along the way and his insight on building a successful agency, listen to this episode of the Ignite podcast today.
Michael has been podcasting with some of the best investors and business builders globally and discussing all things startup with them from an Asian perspective.
Michael I. Waitze worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo.
Michael always maintained a particular focus on how technology could be used successfully to make businesses more efficient and to drive P/L growth.
After more than 20 years in Tokyo, Michael moved to Southeast Asia to get more involved in the Private Equity and Venture Capital business and invest his own capital.
Michael is quite skilled at connecting people and capital to innovative ideas and is a trusted advisor to both investors and founders. Michael has raised capital and advised some of the most famous startups in the region.
Michael is a leader in the digital media space, having pioneered the concept of a podcast network in Asia, while building the biggest and fastest growing listener base in the region. His flagship website, MichaelWaitzePresents.com, has listeners in over 100 countries and is available on virtually every podcast player that supports RSS feeds.
Jeremie is the CEO and Founder of Morphosis Apps, a premium and design first digital agency in Bangkok, Thailand. As a leader in UX design in Thailand with over 15 years of experience, Jeremie turned what started as a small UX/UI agency into an end-to-end digital agency, offering diverse services including design, development, conversion optimisation, SEO and now marketing. Through his agency, Jeremie has worked with a wide range of B2C and B2B clients such as Mastercard, Agoda, Topgear, BBC, SCB, BCG, Manulife, FoodPanda and Ascend.
Over the past 10 years, Jeremie has been a strong driver in developing and nurturing different tech and design communities in Bangkok through organising events like Mobile Mondays, BKK WEB Meetup and UX Happy Hour.