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Bernard Desarnauts

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Cofounder team leader at

Cofounder team leader at

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In

Circade, Inc




Co-Founder March 2015 - present
SVP Product & GM Ning Subscription Platform Mode Media Corporation (formerly Glam Media) June 2012 - March 2015
New Ventures Entrepreneur January 2011 - June 2012
SVP International, GM Europe Mode Media Corporation (formerly Glam Media) April 2008 - March 2011
SVP Marketing Mode Media Corporation (formerly Glam Media) March 2007 - April 2008
VP and General Manager, EMEA Region Bitfone July 2004 - March 2007
Founder and CEO Circade, Inc January 2003 - June 2004
EIR Atlas Venture August 2002 - March 2003
Founder and CEO ViaFone August 1999 - August 2002
VP Product & Marketing NetObjects January 1996 - September 1999
Product Management, International Marketing, Direct Marketing Borland Software June 1988 - March 1995


ISC (Institut Superieur du Commerce) Business 1986 - 1989
Lycee Pierre de Fermat, toulouse Maths and physics 1982 - 1984

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Hardware
  • • Connected Devices
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Fashion
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Wellness
  • • Apple Watch

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management • Business Development • Entrepreneurship • Product Marketing • Startups

Key Accomplishments

I love Silicon Valley for its unique blend of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship possibilities. I love finding new avenues to solve issues big and small. I am constantly amazed by the giants of our industry especially Elon Musk, Sergey Brin and Jeff Bezos and I am a big fan of top thought leaders in our space such as Marc Andreessen, Fred Wilson or Paul Graham.

My ideal situations? I thrive in highly dynamic and challenging environments: from inception to start-up, turn-around/re-positioning, launching new products, entering new markets, or building new sales channels & partnerships in other regions. I believe I have a unique and deeply grounded expertise around the core product/product marketing area.

Best roles? VP Product Management/Marketing in "mature" private to public companies. General Management/COO/CEO of early stage VC-backed start-up

Vouches Received

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Josh Stein
We worked together at ViaFone
Bernard is very smart, very driven and willing to risk it all when he believes in the bet. At his core, he's also an honest and sincere pers ... on, a great co-founder and a good friend.
Marc Randolph
We worked together at Borland
Bernard combines tremendous creativity, problem solving ability, and persistence. A tremendous entrepreneur.
John McDonald
We worked together at Glam Media
Bernard has an enormous appetite for risk and is impatient to get results. He's creative and strategic.
Jeff Clavier
They're my friends
Great executive, and passionate entrepreneur
Martin Frid-Nielsen
We worked together at Borland
Bernard has a passion for and proven track record in delivering great products, in addition, he has a great business sense and global networ ... k
Joe Bono
We worked together
experience, successful track record, relationship builder
Cragg Nilson
They're my current cofounder
Bernard is a visionary entrepreneur and an expert in product marketing, having several CEO/Founder/Exec roles in multiple venture capital ba ... cked startups. He is battle tested, grounded and a pleasure to work with.
We worked together at Atlas Venture
I ve seen many entrepreneurs and Bernard is one of the few I ll back.
Jim Calhoun
We worked together at NetObjects
Bernard is the consummate product perfectionist who combines his strong opinions and positions with a vast amount of high-profile, real-worl ... d experience. He approaches business with tenacity, conviction and drive.
We worked together at NetObjects
Bernard is a true product perfectionist with an outstanding body of work over his career. He highly values his instincts and opinions, and a ... rgues his positions with a passion and tenacity that persuades.
We worked together
Bernard is an extremely analytical thinker who always stays on top of the latest trends and goings on in tech and business. He routinely com ... es up with creative solutions to thorny business problems and is not afraid of risk.
They're my friends
Because of Bernard's deep understanding of tech and his ability to see opportunities ahead of the market place. He is an outstanding markete ... r and business development executive.
We worked together
I have known Bernard in multiple contexts over the past 15 years - as an entrepreneur CEO (I had the pleasure of serving on his Board), as a ... colleague (Bernard was an EIR at Atlas Ventures when I was a partner), as an advisor (to the company that Bernard formed while an EIR), and as a long time friend (who has tracked his career over the years). Bernard is an exceptional entrepreneur, who has experienced highs (with Glam) and lows (with a recent startup) . He learns, he adapts, and he finds a way to move whatever project he's working on forward. While he could make a lot of money as a GM EMEA he continues to focus his energy, skills and experience around startups. He'd be an outstanding founder in enterprise, ad tech, mobile or digital media. He's an entrepreneur that I would back again and again.
Raphael Auphan
We worked together  •  CEO, Zyken. Previously Founder, Zyken.
Bernard has time and again provided valuable feedbacks and insights for my health & wellness technology startup until its recent acquistion. ... Whether it's for product positioning or for major strategic shifts/pivots, Bernard has a wealth of entrepreneurial experiences to make his inputs truly relevant.

Raphael Auphan
We worked together  •  CEO, Zyken. Previously Founder, Zyken.
Raphael has a strong ability to innovate and pivot when required. He is incredibly strong at remaining calm and positive during the most adv ... erse periods inspiring those around him. Needless to say Raphael's tenacity is second to none.

Thomas Agaraté
They're my advisor  •  Founder and CEO at SLICK Technologies, Corp. and drone pilot.
Passionate. Risk taker yet grounded with strong product values