Herve and Misha met on our Singapore programme in 2018 and founded Quod AI, a search engine to help engineers navigate their codebase.
Was the EF programme what you expected?
My experience before joining EF was purely academic, so I expected everything to be very different, and indeed it was. Herve and EF really eased my transition into the startup world.
I was already interested in startups, and had started two projects while working at Nanyang Technological University, but my co-founders weren’t ready to commit. Plus, I needed help figuring out which problem to solve in the ‘real world’. I had experience in obtaining grants for fundamental and applied research problems, but the aims, mechanisms and execution paths in entrepreneurship are very different.
Before joining, I knew that picking the right co-founder was key to the success of this adventure. I had a high bar for my co-founder. I would have rather left with nothing than to start a company with someone that I didn’t have great admiration for. I found that person in Misha.
I’d joined the programme expecting it to be intense but fun, which it was – our kick-off weekend felt like Spring Break but with grown ups.