In this new interview series, knowable.org highlights inspiring makers and their creative projects. First up is Romain Chanut, Co-Maker of the easy to build DIY-Server Jerry.
1) So, what is your name and what do you do for a living?
I’m Romain Chanut and I am currently working for a startup in Paris called Hedera Technology, specialized in Cloud Infrastructure Management. I am in charge of the hiring process and web marketing. For almost 3 years, I am part of the Make Sense Gang to support social entrepreneurship.
2) Describe your path to becoming a Maker.
I come from Uzerche, a small city in the countryside of France. It is a very green place and I’ve always been sensible to what nature inspires and gives to humans. I naturally saw the importance of a dynamic equilibrium in living ecosystems and I am pissed off to see how ungrateful we are towards her…
“I knew I wanted to follow new trends because I saw how the old economic and political systems are unefficient and even corrupted”
I confess I spent more time reading books than building shelters in the forests but i have a profound respect for craft and handwork, which was completely forgotten in the last half of the century.
During my studies, I started a small company in Slovenia to export energy saving bulbs, but I saw the backstages of mass retailing and I was really shocked to see that “professionals” are only there to take their margin without taking care of consumers and even less of the consequences of their actions.
From this point, I knew I wanted to follow new trends because I saw how the old economic and political systems are unefficient and even corrupted. So I joined Hedera Technology and Make Sense to dive into the great unknown that is Open Source, Social Business and the Hacking Ethic, which lead me to the Maker world.
A little background on Jerry’s history.