Clémentine Lalande Clémentine is the CEO of Pickable, a world-first dating app. It offers privacy for women whilst dating – which is otherwise public on other similar platforms.

Pickable is ideal for women who are worried about being recognised or dislike too much online exposure.

A keen entrepreneur, Clémentine has worked with various start-ups at C-suite level. Early on in her career she joined BCG in Paris but got tired of the monotony. Her career took a change of direction in the form of working for a number of venture capital companies. Clémentine is passionate about doing business for the greater good and has spent time working in investor funds with businesses in developing countries such as Haiti and Uganda. She has also spent some of her career in Argentina and Columbia.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I envisioned Pickable in 2018 when I realised how much men were still leading the game in the online dating world.

I have previously worked on another dating app, Once. During my time at Once, I managed to scale up the app use from two to ten million users worldwide. I met with thousands of women who expressed a need for more privacy, discretion and control in the online dating world. I decided it was time to change the game by creating Pickable, an app that protects women’s privacy and enables them to browse anonymously.

I have over a decade of experience in technology and business development. I have also had the privilege of living and working in many countries around the world. I have also spent time mentoring various start-ups at C-suite level. I am proud to call myself a mentor in various start-up founders’ networks. Before that, I was a venture capital investor and strategic adviser at BCG.

In my spare time, I am a jazz singer and songwriter. I live in Paris with my two children and my husband.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not exactly. I studied industrial engineering at university and worked in venture capitalism. Now I am the CEO and founder of a dating app – the two do not exactly go hand in hand!

I am driven by intellectual rigour. This is how I make most of my career choices – I like to surround myself with brilliant people who inspire me. This is how I have made sense of all my decisions retrospectively.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?

One of my biggest challenges is taking time to disconnect and ‘switch off’. This is something that I have only learnt over the last few years. At university, I studied difficult sciences (mathematics and physics) so alongside my studies, I developed an artistic parallel life. I use this as a method to balance my brain.

I am a passionate musician and singer. I always allow time to myself regardless of what happens during the week. Even if I have a busy schedule, an investors emergency or a childcare crisis, I always continue to learn. I have toured with a jazz band, tried my hand at song-writing and I also recorded three EPs with my previous band. I also study lyrical singing as a mezzo-soprano and have taught myself the piano. This is the way I manage to disconnect myself so that I go back into work full of energy and recharged.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

The worldwide success of Pickable is one of my biggest achievements. Following the launches in new markets, Pickable became the number one trending app in France, Italy and Austria. We have recently launched the app in Switzerland and in Germany. It will be very exciting to see the outcome of both launches.

Other than my career, my children provide me with pride daily – alongside exhaustion!

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success? 

A strong mindset and constant hard work.

How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?

I am proud to be a mentor in various start-up founders’ networks. Every year I take on one or two start-ups that I coach on various topics. These include fundraising, strategy, planning, operations and recruitment.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

I have loved following the media attention of the ‘Me Too’ movement. There is a clear split between men and women and I am delighted that this has caught the attention of the press. I am also delighted that many governments have got involved in the issue. The ‘Me Too’ movement has created a platform to prevent discrimination and enforce gender balance.

It is wonderful that many enterprises have pledged to drive change. This is due to the issue becoming more and more visible – both internally and externally. The progress is slow but I believe that with further innovation and technology we will begin to see change. Hopefully, I’ll be able to tell you more in a few months!

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

Never allow someone to tell you something is impossible.

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I would love to develop another app based on a brilliant concept that I discovered in Germany. There is a campaign called ‘Pinkstinks’ which finds sexist advertisements online. It then reports and makes fun of them with the help of a community. I plan to develop an app based on this concept which spots