About me

I am an entrepreneur and a software engineer who has worked in the Tech industry for more than a decade. I love building quality communities and products that scale. I am currently the Co-Founder of Holberton School, a two-year program training highly skilled full-stack software engineers. Our curriculum is based on a peer-learning and project-based approach, meaning that we have no formal teachers, no lectures, students learn by practicing and collaborating with their peers. What regular schools call cheating, we call it collaboration. Instead of acting as a gateway between knowledge and students we act as mentors to guide our student to become highly skilled Software Engineers. After only 9 months, student already started working for prestigious companies such as Docker, Dropbox, NASA and Apple.

Prior to Holberton School, I joined SlideShare in 2011 as a DevOps engineer to support the infrastructure that served 3 billion slides every month. I was part of the team who contributed to the acquisition by LinkedIn in 2012, where I worked for 3 years.

I have a Master in Computer Science from the school SUPINFO, I studied in France, China (Hebei University of Technology) and the US (Dominican University).

I moved 13 times for the first 21 years of my life, I am since then living in San Francisco. When people ask me “what’s your hometown?”, I never know what to answer.

Sylvain Kalache

During my free time, I advised multiple startups as Technical Advisor. I love to travel, it is a great opportunity for me to practice my love for photography. I love challenges, I have won a best API usage prize at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 in San Francisco but I also love to explore: from going 25 meters underground in Paris Catacombs  to climbing mount Fuji at 3,776 meters above sea level. I love to discover new places and cultures, one of my life goals is to be able to combine work and travel.

Side projects

  • while42: The largest French Tech Engineer Network, with 3,000+ members in more than 40 cities across the world.
  • TechMeAbroad: A platform connecting Tech talent and companies across borders.
  • HNWatcher: Track keywords and user on HackerNews.
  • TechMeUp: A blog about the French Tech industry and community.

Where to find me