Regional Cloud Advocate for Startups in Paris, Île-de-France, France

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Microsoft continues in its journey to uniquely support, nurture and partner with startups and startup ecosystems. As we expand our charter, we are looking for a strong, driven individual from a product, engineering or entrepreneurial background to be a startup catalyst. This individual would have ideally been part of a startup or have played a similar role in supporting startups.  

The Microsoft AI Factory team is looking for a Regional Cloud Advocate in the startup community with a focus on AI or IoT to empower startups and create synergies with largest European corporations in their industries, and directly impact their technology and business goals. 

The Microsoft AI Factory accelerator program launched in 2017 in partnership with French computer science and automation institution, INRIA. It has selected and supported a community of leading AI and IoT startups to drive and accelerate innovation in the field. The community, based at the world's largest startup campus, Station F, hosts pioneering companies from a wide range of sectors applying AI or IoT to solve some of the grand challenges of our age. 

Startup Advocate is an expert who provides product, or technical or entrepreneurial leadership, guidance and connections to startups working with Microsoft Cloud and AI or IoT services. The individual will help Startups imagine their product on the Microsoft stack, drive hands-on engagement, guide the startup in their data science usage in their solutions and facilitate the co-innovation and co-engineering with Microsoft customers. The range of engagements will be diverse - from hands-on product or business conversations to driving focused hackathons for curated startup product and engineering-teams or facilitate the conversation between startups and Microsoft engineering teams. Candidates do not have to be experts in all Microsoft cloud services or all AI/IoT fields and technologies but expected to make the right connections when out of depth. The individual is expected to have expertise in the broad range of skills needed to be successful in a startup environment (such as Product, Engineering, Testing, Go-To-Market, Business modelling, Technology stacks, etc.) and data science projects 

Target audience will range from pre-seed companies, venture-backed startups, angel-investment networks to institutional investors/VCs. The candidate will also be invited to engage/speak/participate in diverse forums, events and should be savvy on social/online.  

The individual should be energetic, self-motivated, comfortable dealing with ambiguity and should be on the leading edge of industry trends. This is a public-facing, high-visibility role that represents Microsoft in startup communities. The candidate carries the responsibilities of being viewed as someone with authority, a representative of the company and act as an ambassador for startups within Microsoft.  

The role will be based in Paris but will require travel up to 50%, principally in Europe. 



Responsibilities
  • Lead startup engagement: Build trusted technical relationships with startups and their product and engineering teams. 
  • Ensure startup Enablement: Help startups adopt and grow on the Azure platform, with a focus on AI or IoT technology.  
  • Share your knowledge and experience of technology, product, process, and engineering with startups to help them to grow and develop.  
  • Advocate for and to startups. Share Microsofts capabilities with the startup community and communicate the needs of the startup community into Microsoft.  
  • Building content, samples, presentations, tutorials, and other resources designed to help startups understand how to grow, partner with Microsoft, and make use of Azure services.  
  • Orchestrate the collaboration with local Microsoft teams and startups in the EU region. 
Qualifications
  • Ability to multi-task (we as a team are a startup too!); balance short-term and long-term goals.  
  • Good communicator and effective in collaboration locally and globally.  
  • Strong understanding of startups and the startup community.  
  • Knowledge and experience in building products or architectures in a startup environment, with a focus on AI or IoT technology and products.  
  • Knowledge of cloud computing technologies, emerging trends and related technology including knowledge of competitors such as Amazon EC2 and Google AppEngine.  
  • Knowledge of trends, industry participants, and leaders in the developer and startup community.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and analytical skills.  
  • Deep analytical skills, enabling comprehension and development of complex business and technical issues, topics, and plans.  
  • Able to articulate pros & cons of product/design/architecture decision across a wide spectrum of factors e.g. development lifecycle, product analysis, technology, go to market strategy, etc.  
  • Able to coach and mentor a broad array of startups, across communities like mobile internet, cloud infrastructure, enterprise apps.  
  • Able to distill widely variant feedback into root cause issues and provide actionable feedback to other stakeholders.  
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate the complexities of large organizations.  
  • An undergraduate degree in CS, engineering, data science or related field is an added advantage, not a qualifier. 

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