Arnaud de Montille

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Arnaud de Montille is a British entrepreneur. Arnaud started Merci Maman in 2007 and is based in London, Paris & Berlin.[1]

Arnaud de Montille, founder of Merci MamanArnaud de Montille, founder of Merci Maman


Merci Maman


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Early Career

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Merci Maman

Arnaud started Merci Maman in 2007. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Merci Maman?

The company was started by my wife Beatrice de Montille in 2007. We had two children, and Beatrice wanted a better work/life balance. She applied to be part-time in her previous job, but this was rejected, so she quit.

Prior to starting the business, BΓ©atrice worked in sales and marketing in the food industry (Danone and Del Monte) and I was in Banking. With these different backgrounds and skill sets, we are very complementary.

After 6 years in the background helping her during the evenings and weekends, I joined the company in 2013. We were only 6 employees at the time and it was a huge risk, which paid off in the end. We are 40 now and counting.

The idea for Merci Maman came about when Beatrice wanted to purchase a personalized gift for our daughter's first birthday. She could not find quality products at affordable prices online and realized there was a gap in the market.

She began hand-engraving jewelry and embroidered gifts, and two months later she was selling them at Xmas fairs and school fairs. Six months after that, we launched the business online.

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