Laurent co-founded Viewdle, in Ukraine, in 2007 and became its CEO and President. Viewdle was a company specialized in computer vision and computing photography, with a large R&D team in Kiev, Ukraine. Viewdle was sold to Google in Fall 2012. Laurent is also an advisor to We Heart It (WHI Inc), a large social network for teenagers, based in San Francisco and Nextivity, a maker of next generation mobile signal boosters.
Prior to joining Viewdle, Laurent was a senior investment banker that held various positions in corporate finance and capital markets at the French investment bank Credit Agricole, with assignments in New York, Tokyo and Paris. During his MBA at Wharton, Laurent co-founded a boutique investment bank in Brazil that completed several large transactions in the telecom sector in Latin America. More recently, Laurent Gil spent few years in West Africa deploying wireless networks in high schools, for a non-profit organization.
Laurent is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from The University of Bordeaux in France with a B.S. in mathematics, physics and computer science; he holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics and signal processing from the French graduate engineering school Supélec, a post-graduate degree in management from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, USA (2003).
In 2012, Laurent received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Cybernetic Institute of Ukraine for significant personal contribution to the development of information technologies in Ukraine.