Rbean founders met in 2015, at French coding school 42. Mathieu as the pragmatic and creative architect of 42's LMS; Laurie as a driving member of the pedagogy team, fearlessly dedicated to students. Together, they gamified the 42 model.
While recognizing the benefits of the 42 model in supporting student creativity and confidence, they believed it was not the best way to train professionals with good work habits and ethics. They left 42 and, after months of traveling through Asia (yes, they are also that kind of partners), joined a new school project in Vietnam.
With Laurie as Chief Academic Officer and Mathieu as Chief Technology Officer, they created a new school model that intertwines mentoring, peer learning, and a focus on soft skills. 34 students joined Intek the first year for an exciting learning journey.
After successfully setting up the project, they went back to France. Strong on their vision of providing all students with an inspiring learning experience, they decided to put their experience at the service of other educators. Thus was born Rbean.
Today, Rbean provides technology programs to partnering schools. We also developed a learning platform that implements our pedagogical approach - that platform is available on its own. We hope that both our programs and platform will help educators turn students into confident lifelong learners.
Laurie has a mixed background in psychology (Paris 8 University) and software engineering (42). She likes to design & build systems that help others grow. She discovered her passion for education while working at 42 in Paris, and has never looked back since. For her, nothing tops watching students grow & succeed.
Catching her outside of work is not too difficult - granted you are willing to go for a long hike, to escape on a photography trip, or to stuff yourself with delicious street food.
Mathieu started his tech journey at EPITECH, the leading European school of software engineering. There he started his quest to build the perfect LMS - a quest that would lead him to build from scratch three different ones over several schools. Today he's up to his fourth one, having capitalized on ten years of trials & errors... needless to say, this guy knows how to build software that answers school needs.
When he's not busy thinking of the most elegant way to name his database tables, Mathieu can be seen traveling around the world or enjoying a good beer with friends.
Maheen recently graduated with a Foreign Languages Bachelor (Cergy-Pontoise University) and made a U-turn after falling in love with marketing during an internship. She decided that she wanted to help value-driven companies grow and consequently enrolled in a Marketing Strategy Master (ESGCI). Dynamic and results-driven, she joined Rbean to spread the gospel about our approach.
Globally-minded, Maheen loves Indian dancing, Korean culture, and Japanese food. She always has a homemade bubble tea ready for friends and family.
Laurent is a former Banker and Business Advisor who has made it his mission to "bridge the digital talent gap and address growing employability issues". Based in New Zealand, he’s committed to help young people and mid-career professionals develop technical & leadership skills, and get high-quality jobs. He joined Rbean to spread the word about an EdTech platform that shares his vision of rapid learning and professional development.
On a personal level, Laurent loves anything outdoors – hiking, skiing, rafting, sailing. Especially when his wife Eiko-san can join.
Geff fell in love with computers at a young age and decided right away that he’d become an engineer. He’s had a rich experience in different industries, but it’s his move to South Africa to open a coding school that had the biggest impact. There he rediscovered technology through the lens of education. Being able to support young people in acquiring tech skills - and consequently change their lives - has been one of his greatest achievements.
A dice can always be found close by, as Geff has a competitive passion for board games. If you let him start you're in for a long, long night!